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Twin Oaks: A Utopian Community

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Cassandra Stegner

on 11 January 2013

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The History Values and Goals Membership Process Believes in equality and nonviolence About 90 adults and 15 children Twin Oaks: A Utopian Community Utopia: An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects; originally a Greek word for an imaginary place where everyone and everything is perfect Most Utopias were created for religious purposes By: Cassandra Stegner Inspiration came from the book Walden Two by B.F. Skinner Twin Oaks located in Virginia By: Kat Kinkade after 25 years Died in 2008 Map of area in Virginia where Twin Oaks is located Value cooperation and treating people fairly Politically active in issues of peace, ecology, anti-racism, and feminism They have open work areas to men and women as to not be prejudiced They awknowledge that people don't always get along, but try to encourage treating people with respect and kindness instead of anger Created in 1967 (and still an active community) by Kathleen "Kat" Kinkade Twin Oaks family Community BBQ Twin Oaks children You must visit for three weeks before being considered for membership After three weeks, you must spend a minimum one month away while decisions are made. If they decide to let you in, there is a six-month period where you do not have all of the rights of a full member After you become a full member, you must sign an agreement with the community No membership fee Recreation Homemade music, plays, readings, and coffeehouses Celebrating each change of the season and the anniversary of the community's founding Darkroom and wood shops available for the community to use "Connected to the world" via radio, newspapers, and magazines No television to avoid negative values and products, but occasionally videos and films are shown A play performance A band created by the citizens of twin oaks Government No group religion No central leader, governing themselves by a form of democracy Responsibility shared by various managers, planners, and committies Three planners who serve 18 month terms; they carry out executive functions and help focus the community's attention on issues Anyone who wants to become a manager can, and on some occasions there is a crew or several managers sharing responsibilites Many members choose to be politically active in issues of the world outside the community Anti war protesting from members of the Twin Oaks community Economy Income sharing community Each member works 42 hours a week in various areas; most people prefer doing multiple jobs a week Members receives, housing, food, healthcare, and personal spending money Making tofu and hammocks are the most income producing objects in the community Twin Oaks tofu Group hammock making Schooling There are a number of schooling options for children in the community including public school, homeschooling, and Montessori Montessori schooling is a teaching style where classrooms have less students and more teachers, ensuring that each child gets the help they need Bibliography For Twin Oaks information: http://twinoaks.org/ Definitions found: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Utopian+society and http://www.ushistory.org/us/26b.asp Montessori Info Found: http://www.montessorischooling.com/ Thank You for watching!!!
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