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I found two interesting links on social/economic organizations today. The first is what a programmer might call an "anti-pattern," a thorough exploration of what not to do, and why something so wrong might seem to work:

Sick systems

It reminds me a little of factory-farmed "cage-free" chickens, who can see grass but are too afraid to approach it.

The second is just about the opposite, and reminds me of Polyface Farms and similar, with regular cycles of pulse-and-recover that defy conventional expectations of productivity:

The way we’re working isn’t working: Four forgotten needs

That link is maintained by a business that works to reform mainstream employment, but I see no reason that the same ideas wouldn't benefit an intentional community just as well.
 
                    
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Have you read "The 4hr Work Week??
 
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Joel, I loved the sick systems article.  I have just recently extracted myself from such a situation.  It is all so familiar. 

Diane, not familiar with that book.  Anything you would care to share about it?
 
                    
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Well, I think it is a rather amusing book, the author Tim Ferris starts out attempting to do things the standard way & fails, then he decides to try his own way of doing it & discovers his path. He is also a bit of a character.
I found it enlightening when he came to the realization that the huge bottle neck in his business practices was actually him. The premise of the book is him sharing how he has figured out a way of running his company in only 4hrs a week.
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