8th Life Panama

Joining

Ways To Participate

Founders

Our target is to have 8 co-founders. These are members who help write the community’s by-laws and statutes and once the community is founded, they’re the first to be able to build their houses and/or design and run projects.

The rights and responsibilities of founders include:

  • payment of share, which will increase in value over time as improvements are made on the land
  • opportunity to develop the initial agreements (by-laws and statutes) and participate in the decision about the legal structure (foundation, association, cooperative or ?)
  • responsibility to participate in the integral permaculture course described in these pages
  • use of a parcel of land to build your home and the responsibility to begin building within a period determined by the group
  • voice and vote in general assemblies and community council meetings
  • use of common areas for recreation, consumption of produce, etc (as specified in the agreements)
  • responsibility to comply with agreements regarding work hours and monthly (or weekly) fees
  • use of common areas for productive projects (Eco-Businesses) with prior approval from the community council

 

Members

As with founders, members pay for a share in the community. They have the same rights and responsibilities as Founders except developing the initial agreements and deciding about the legal structure since these things will already be decided by the time we’re ready to admit members.

There is one distinction among members:

  • Resident Members: live in the community (on the Finca or at the Guest House) permanently and have voice and vote in general assemblies and community council meetings.
  • Collaborative Members: don’t live permanently in the Community but rather come once in a while and have voice but not voting rights at general assemblies and community councils.  However, if the member has built their home at the community and someone lives there who complies with all of the requirements, even though this person hasn’t invested money, he or she will have the rights of voice and vote at the community council meetings.  

 

Villagers

People who live in the Eco-village or the Guest House but haven’t completed their initial share yet are villagers.  This category allows us to increase the diversity of the Eco-village since not everyone can pay the their initial share all at once. This way, people can become part of the community while working on paying their initial share.

There will be people who, for economic reasons can’t afford the initial share value.  In this case, if the person complies with the application process and is accepted, they’ll be able to live in the community, for instance in the house of a Collaborative Member or at the Guest House.  He or she will be able to work on projects that benefit the community and in that way save up ‘capital’ until completing the initial share value. The community will issue ‘IOUs’ for the value of the work – and the value of each project will be agreed in advance.

While the initial share value hasn’t been completed, the Villager has the following rights and responsibilities:

  • responsibility to participate in the integral permaculture course described in these pages.
  • voice and vote in community council meetings once the trial period is completed
  • use of common areas for recreation, consumption of produce, etc (as specified in the agreements)
  • responsibility to comply with agreements regarding work hours and monthly (or weekly) fees
  • use of common areas for productive projects (Eco-Businesses) with prior approval from the community council