Difference between revisions of "Nomadbase network"

From Nomadwiki.org
Jump to: navigation, search
(Network models: moved from share:Nomadbase social contract)
Line 135: Line 135:
[[Category:Sustainable hospitality exchange]]

Latest revision as of 03:29, 30 September 2017

This page is about organizing a world wide network of nomadbases.

A Nomadbase network consists of nomadbases, nomads, skillsharing travelers, skillsurfers, etc. Interactions usually happen in the spirit of money-less cooperation.

Online presences


  • Places and bases are open for shared living and stay in touch with each other, exchange ideas, processes and experiences.
  • Public directories, maps, project websites list open projects.
  • Communication happens via blog comments and RSS aggregations (like planet.traumschule.org), mailing lists, IRC channels (for example #nomads, #nomadbase and #hackbases).

How to reach potential new bases?

  • Write to projects if they want to be listed.
  • Go and meet them. Personal contact is most important.
  • Nomadbase hunt: Keep your eyes open when you're traveling, go and check potential places. You (and any other nomad) go to a city without known nomadbase and try to find open places/people.
  • Recycle the house of grandma.
  • For each profile: List of places you like. Get notification when new nomad base is being created there.
  • Some communities with good potential look for members on mainstream search tools (Germany: WG-gesucht). We may find some interesting things there.
  • Collect good occasions of flats in a wiki, where people that hear of a good deal but cannot take it can make it known to those that are looking.
  • list the flat-finding resources per city.


Back in 2009 there was a conference on "Sustainable Hospitality Exchange" in Berlin called SHE goes MAD. It was motivated by hosts and nomads around Casarobino, Skillsurfers.eu and other travellers to find out, what necessities there are, to keep a Nomadbase up and running well without burning the hosts.

Next conference

There might be many nomad-bases around the world, though these are not so much connected with each other yet. To help creating a network of these spaces, the website nomadbase.org was started in January 2009. To make new connections between houses, spaces and nomadic travelers. A conference was taking place in Berlin from 20 of November of 2009 to 2nd of December: SHE goes MAD.

A long time nothing happened since then. In August/September 2017 there was a chat about nomadbases in #hackbases and why these movements are doing so bad, as one put it. It seems like these sharing movements come and go in waves, develop something that is online for some time until the idea is forgotten. Let's try to have better persistence as idea of free sharing is quite important.

The JUKSS ("environmental youth congress") was completely self-organized and took place for 18 years around xmas. The location was usually a rented school in Germany, usually rented for 3-7k€. The costs were one reason it ended, because nobody wanted to organize money and less and less schools wanted to host hundreds of to-become hippies, squatters, eco-radicals anymore. Besides this the orga team burned out regularly with a high fluctuation. The movement was growing for about one generation and burned many valuable organizers during this time. Those who survived started project houses but are not so fond of radically open spaces anymore. What we learn from it could be one topic of this meeting. (the documentation is still online in german and could be translated to english and released as an howto)

Other topic ideas:

What keeps this movement alive are people feeling as hosts more than as guests. That means, to not only consume a place, but to prepare it for others. It can go together very well and some nomads actually do this already, but calling oneself a host, changes the perspective completely. To learn more about the idea "everyone is a host", see the SHE meeting minutes.

Traumschule (the potential meeting location) belongs to the Freiräume foundation ("free spaces"/open spaces) and shares infrastructure with guests in the hope they will use it responsibly and improve it. Do you know places like this? In August 2017 a Hitchgathering took place here and brought a lot of live to the place. What do you think about a nomadbase meeting there in 2018?

The meeting can be purely virtual as well, if there aren't enough people to meet at one place directly. We can cooperate via pads or IRC.


Network models

brainstorm on different nomadic networking models.

A Nomadic Network could be

  • A network of nomads that stay with each other
  • A network of houses shared by nomads
  • A network of money earning activities

Shared Housing

  • Open: An open network based on hospitality exchange.
  • Mixed: Houses that are open for nomads and are within a network
  • Closed: Fully shared in terms of costs and access. Members have full access to these houses. Have to pay contribution to network or a single base

Shared Costs/ Income

  • Volunteer contributions to one house
  • Volunteer contributions to the network/ foundation
  • Contributions go to the network on basis of earnings
  • Predefined contribution to one house as form of supporting the base/covering basic costs

Work Contribution

  • Skill share as form of participation withing open structure (random skill share/p2p bases)
  • Skill share as participation within predefined projects
  • voluntary work/labor (in terms of hours spent and skills required)
  • Predefined amount of hours and skills needed to participate to the house as form of contribution

Social contract


This page is the drafting of a social contract for the nomadbase project. Its aim is:

  • To state binding guidelines on what the project aims at and what it will never aim at
  • To make public the fact that nomadbase has an intention behind it.


List here social contracts from other projects that may inspire us in drafting the perfect one.

It is about the community

Nomadbase aims at facilitating community-building. It is to be run by the community, for the community. The interest of the community is the interest of nomadbase. Participants are encouraged to become involved in the decision that affect them.

Free of charge, now and forever

Participants cannot be demanded financial contribution.

Open source and transparency

Whether it is the software used, the cultural material used or produced, the intentions shared, being opened is a priority. No copyright. Nomadbase doesn't hide problems. It achieves the highest level of organisational transparency.

Total tolerance

Regardless of race, gender, socio-cultural background, and other criteria of discrimination.

My data, my life

Participants stay owner of the information they give. They are the one to decide what is done with it. In particular, nomadbase doesn't, and will never sell, share or distribute personal data without the explicit consent of their owner. Participants can hide, modify, export or remove any bit of it. They can cancel their participation anytime.

Bill of Response-Abilities

meant as a gift through intentional "ability to response", and not an expectation to comply / not as a restrictive "obligation". A parallel can be made with certain aspects of copylefted licenses : in such kind of libre licenses , the intention is to leave created value open to others to add value to. An encouragement to "positive liberty" : Wikipedia Article Positive liberty refers to having the power and resources to act to fulfill one's own potential, as opposed to negative liberty, which refers to freedom from restraint."

Interesting to see that on wikipedia the concept of Liberty is used. In Europe this is normally referred to Positive Freedom versus Negative Freedom. Positive Freedom ('Power To') is the basic ability to do things in relation to the space that is created collectively, whereas negative freedom/ liberty ('Power Over') is the ability to take space regardless of others. It would be interesting to see the conceptual difference between liberty and Freedom. --Robino 13:52, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
Liberty is an ability to do something. Freedom is a philosophical concept. "I'm free to go as I want": liberty, "I'm free! Like a river! - S. Wonders": freedom. The two words are often used as synonyms and it is infortunate. They are sometimes contradictory. For example: "Taking away the liberty to kill improves the general freedom". --Sitarane 23:57, 23 November 2009 (UTC) PS: I wonder what's wrong about S. Wonders. There are few things less free than a river.
Is a "P2P / Cooperative Individualist" approach one that manages to make no compromises regarding both positive and negative liberty, through potential for a choice of cooperation on each individual ? Do non cooperating individuals not have access to resources and opportunities produced through cooperation ? What happens to non-contributing individuals ? Is the choice to maintain Negative Liberty one of choice of non-cooperation, with the possibility to access Positive Liberty by creating ones own "forking" ( or moving ) into new/other spaces of inter-dependence ? "Berlin argued that, following this line of thought, demands for freedom paradoxically become demands for forms of collective control and discipline" ( http://wapedia.mobi/en/Two_Concepts_of_Liberty )
Are there parallels with Ghandi's Satyagraha and a transition to Festivalism ? -- Dante 19:54, 23 November 2009