I spent the first night on the road to Summer Commune alone at a Motel 6 in a KFC parking lot. The next day I drove north towards Portland, where I spent a few nights at an old friend’s house (which is neither a Motel 6 nor a KFC parking lot.)
Elise works in the nonprofit sector, and it was good to get her insight into Summer Commune. She didn’t know if Summer Commune was actually for her, because all the rhetoric online says “come here to be creative” and she doesn’t identify as a “creative.” So we talked and realized that Summer Commune isn’t just for artists and writers, but also for project managers and data analysts.
Another issue that Elise thought might get in the way of becoming a communard was the fact that she needs to work with a team. She had some thoughts and questions on how to make Summer Commune more conducive to nonprofits or teams.
“If they’re going there for a working retreat, what kind of activities are available after the working day is over or for a full day of fun (including indoor and outdoor ones that take advantage of the community of people and the natural setting)?”
We just released our July calendar. After work we have happy hours, a reading series, a salon, a comedy show. There is a lot to do nearby: hot springs, waterfalls, thrift stores, rafting, bars, square dancing.
what’s the situation for large short-term furnished rentals (e.g. a big house that sleeps 10)? what if they wanted to work out of there?
We’ve been in touch with some bed and breakfasts, who’ve been excited to accommodate communers. Also a lot of people in town have space that they’d be willing to rent out for a week or two, that are constantly available. Brick & Mortar is a great place with a huge space in the back which is perfect for c collaborative working.
a way to appeal to a nonprofit/teams maybe would be to talk about the community they would be able to connect to while they’re there. are they looking to do research or chat with potential constituents or implement a pilot program short-term? here’s a somewhat captive audience.
We can help connect people to needs, and might even be excited about being guinea pigs too!11 months ago • 2 notes