I'm trying to find a couple people that want to build three boats together
in my Herding-Cats Catamaran Build Cooperative
. Similar, but different.
I spent some time with Amish friends up in Michigan
and was impressed with how much gets done when
people work together rather than trying to outdo each
other or take advantage of one another or be richer
or more powerful than the next guy. The non Amish
system is failing in rural Michigan, especially if you
are talking about the "family farm". I see people
who I used to think were middleclass now complaining
of not having sufficient healthy food in their homes.
I see homelessness and drug addiction in the
countryside and foreclosures and I compare that
with the Hutterites in Montana, which I have not
personally witnessed and wonder if maybe there is
a better way for some of us to move forward. I
mention the Hutterites because I understand they
own large collective, communal farms of several
hundred thousand acres. (that scale of size can't
be done in the boating
world without cooperation
and joint effort unless of course you are Bill Gates
or Steve Jobs). So maybe some of us could join
together in an alliance that furthers all our objectives.
I personally own a 60 acre farm, nature preserve
with its own private lake and an aging 60 ft steel
sailboat that could all be put to better use with
more people involved. However the natural inclination
in our system seems to be, "Oh how could I get
that from him", rather than how could we "grow"
this by mutual concerted effort.[/QUOTE]