Community Principles

The Community will function according to a set of principles that must adhere to Equal Life Foundation's Bill of Rights at all times.

Any Community Member may submit a new principle to be added to this list, as well as submit a request to have a principle removed from the list if it does not comply with the spirit of the Community.

All principles must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Each principle must benefit the community as a whole - if another principle is seen to be of greater benefit then that is the one that must be implemented.
  • Any changes to one or more of the principles must be agreed upon by at least 80% of all community members
  • In order for any submission of alteration(s) to one or more principles to be accepted, the submission must include a full description of why the alteration is considered necessary and a clear description of what will be solved or improved upon by making the alteration.

The following principles will form the heart of the framework around which all future principles are developed and around which the structure of the community is built:

  • Do what is best for all
    • This means that the best possible outcome is always the one that benefits the most possible beings in the "bigger picture".
  • Do unto another as you would like to have done unto you if you were in their position
    • This means not only that one must place oneself in the shoes of another, but that one must consider that person's nature, personality, life experiences, mind and so on - all within the goal of developing the best possible solution for that person within the contexts of the community as a whole. It does not mean much to place yourself in another's shoes but then consider only what YOU would want in their position - it's not about YOU - it's about the other person. The principle of what is best for all must be paramount.
  • Investigate everything and keep what is best.
    • This principle requires that we overcome our tendency towards bias when processing or gathering information. It requires that we develop our objectivity and critical thinking so as to allow for the opportunity to make the best possible choices available.
  • Response-Ability
    • This principle requires that each community member practices the principle of doing what they are able to towards the betterment and upkeep of the community. This means that when a person sees that they have the ability and opportunity to contribute, help, support or assist anyone or with anything in any way then they do it, simply because they see they are able to and they recognise that doing so will be of benefit.
  • Self Response-Ability
    • This is the realisation within actual living that each person is responsible for themselves (ie responsible for their thoughts, words and actions; but also responsible for creating the life they want in a way that benefits the community) and thus any person consistently not contributing in an effective way to the community due to inaction will be removed from the community after 2 warnings within a 6 months period.
  • Effective relationship building
    • This principle is here within the realisation that not every person gets along well. In such cases when 2 or more people are consistently not getting along, it is firstly their responsibility to do everything within their ability to develop better communication with each other. If they are unable to do this amongst themselves then a neutral community leader must be asked to step in to act as a mediator until they are able to develop their relationship to the point that the mediator is no longer required.
  • Democratic living
    • The community must practice true democracy. Voting will be mandatory in all areas, thus developing simple to understand explanations of issues and potential solutions will be necessary. Majority rule will be applied at 80% being considered majority. Some may question the practicality of such a principle, it is however the intention of this project to demonstrate that when all choices are made within the principle of what is best for all then acquiring majority rule will be a simple thing in most cases.
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Credit Unions