I'm not interested in a long and detailed political post, describing the benefits and hazards of Anarcho-Collectivism, but I can share a few positive aspects of my Co-Op life:
- Inexpensive Walnuts: Group buying power is something that everyone should use, as long as they can be bothered to organize their purchases with their communities. This leverage can also be extended to small business startups, and hobby expenses.
- Company for 18 Degree Dumpster Dives: When it's cold at night, but that dumpster outside of the organic foods store is just waiting to give your kitchen another week of bounty. It's nice to have another person willing to trek out with you.
- Socialization for Hermits: Interested in making tea, or eating breakfast. Welcome to Social Hour. The random social interactions offer a lot to improve the quality of life in Co-Op houses.
- Conflict Resolution Skills: Co-operating with people is not all going to be roses, but the unpleasant parts probably make you grow as a person.
Just a few thoughts on why co-operative living or work philosophies might benefit you.
United-Diversity: I discovered this Free Digital Library a few years ago. Topics range from Bee Keeping and Business Plans to Community Organizing, to Water and Sanitation -- it's an empowering reservoir of knowledge.
Do yourself a favor, and make a few clicks, just so you know it's there.