a pro-social, non-profit culture hackerspace
RatPark is a culture hackerspace that provides basic necessities — food, housing, and community — for free, to any hacktivisthacktivism (a portmanteau of hack and activism) is the use of technology to promote social change who wants to join an environment that enables true selflessness. The goal is to combine the support of an intentional community, the dynamism of a hackathon, and the freedom from the daily demands of the current socioeconomic system — to reason and hack collaboratively towards a more equitable world.
What are we doing?
As a community of activists, our main purpose is the bootstrapping of an organization that we are calling Our Movement — which aims to promote radical social change by catalyzing the emergence of resilient societies. Dedicated to reclaiming, enriching, and expanding public services — this movement focuses on producing a wide variety of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)free as in speech and beer that benefits the whole of humanity and the substrate we depend upon.
Why do it this way?
We want to approach problem-solving and collaboration by living and working communally, creating an environment to maximize happiness, health, purpose, and inspired work. Living in community makes us embody the shift from a highly individualistic culture to a highly cooperative one, along with providing many other advantages:
- Health: Living as a community, as opposed to atomized lifestyles, is key to mental and emotional wellness, while a natural, off-grid setting with clean air, water, and organic food from our garden offers the ingredients for top physical health. There are also plenty of opportunities for gardening, hiking, working out, yoga, dancing, etc. to ensure an active lifestyle.
- Growth & Creativity: Without the need to maintain a regular job, individuals can focus on producing their very best, purposeful work. Finally, communal living and direct contact with nature inspires biomimical thinking patterns — exactly the patterns we need to follow for a far more resilient world.
- Efficiency: Communal living cuts out time and resource expenses significantly. Working in the same space as our collaborators, as atoms and cells as opposed to bits and pixels — spares the inefficiencies of coordinating through different areas and time zones. Activities such as cleaning and cooking are greatly reduced by performing them collectively. Tools, technologies, instruments, books, etc. are shared.
We are almost done building the first park on a 14h property in a Costa Rican rainforest — which has been under construction for the past two years. The main space consists of a 300sqm common building — containing a lounge area, kitchen, dining area, a work space, and a mezzanine. Two dorms, five private rooms and two private cabins can house up to 30 people. A 100sqm octagonal movement space is available for yoga, meditation, workouts, etc.
As we grow, we intend to open additional parks, where each one of them will host anywhere between 50 and 150 individuals, depending on property size and community dynamics.
For updates we recommend you follow @ratpark_org on Twitter and/or @ratpark_org on Instagram.
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