Reading Our Own History

A little over a decade ago, I made the biggest mistake of my life, and lost almost everything that I cared about. This mistake caused me to experience many hardships, including ultimately a divorce and months of estrangement from everything I knew and loved. While difficult, this forced me to examine myself and my purpose in a way that I don’t think many people take the opportunity to do….

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Charter Cutie Plate – Section Four

Continued from Section Three. Community Safety, Sponsorship, and Recruitment Definitions Community Safety: multi-stakeholder ‘local’ approach to building cohesion between individual parties that seeks to free members from fear and want. Sponsorship: aspirants to Lucenti need a current member to vouch for them, this sponsor will remain familiar with the initiate and their progress for the duration of their introductory period. Recruitment: in the formation or deepening of friendships and…

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Charter Cutie Plate – Section Three

Continued from Section Two. Legitimacy Through Vouching, No Rigid Hierarchy, and Do-ocracy Definitions Vouching: individuals and sub-groups are recognized through consensus of other individuals/groups within Lucenti Rigid Hierarchy: a static ruling elite ranked as superior to and in control of a larger body of persons Do-ocracy: https://communitywiki.org/wiki/DoOcracy The article to do-ocracy above also includes some commentary/discussion that dives into a few things that Lucenti groups may encounter. If the…

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Listen to Lucenti Live Minisode 2.2

Welcome to Lucenti Live Episode 2.2, with Isaac as your solo host. We walk through the recommitting ritual originally performed by the trio last year. Then I focus on what intentions were set last year, how “successful” they were, and new accomplishments I hope are more salient. Give a listen to this very unedited minisode! Please send any feedback, commentary, puns, or dead memes through the Contact page over at…

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Charter Cutie Plate – Section Two

Continued from Section One. Transparency, Vulnerability, and Direct Communication Definitions Transparency: free from pretense or deceit, readily understood. Vulnerability: uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. Direct Communication: clearly stated opinions and feelings, firm advocacy for one’s own rights and needs without violating the same of others. There is a difference between privacy and secrecy, and many organizations operate in the realm of the latter. Privacy is oft considered key in…

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Work, Love, and Happiness

Sigmund Freud is said to have argued that two things—love and work—are what make us human. The internet would have us believe that this idea is his, but as far as I can tell, it is of unknown origin. It is a meme that travels from one end of the web to the other simply because it resonates with people. Indeed, we spend so much of our time preoccupied…

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Listen to Lucenti Live Minisode 2.1

Welcome to Lucenti Live Episode 2.1, with Isaac as your solo host. There have been a lot of changes going on in the lives of our host trio, and as such, I’ve got the consent of my fellows to do smaller minisodes between our lengthier and more researched episodes. This will allow us to offer more engagement for those willing to torture themselves and listen, keep conversation flowing around…

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Charter Cutie Plate – Section One

Lucenti aims to become an affiliate network of communities that have formally dedicated themselves to the tenets outlined in this prenatal charter. As such, I seek feedback to improve its pieces, that it may bring together stronger wholes. Why do we need such a document? A shared pool of knowledge is key to understanding one another and maintaining connections and community. Let it serve as an introductory and referential…

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Apocalypse Rising

Vice Magazine’s most recent issue on Power and Privilege includes what they call a “brief guide to making a better tomorrow.” It’s a piece that reads more like a jolt of caffeine when maybe what we really need is a hard look into our psyche. Given that this same issue addresses the robots coming for our jobs and the inevitable collapse of capitalism, the guide—a list of five simple…

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Safe Spaces… or Isolationist Bunkers? Part 1

  I went and did it. I got embroiled in an online drama fest. I’m not proud of it, but I feel like I both learned some things and wasted some time. Though I suppose if I learned some things then I did not waste any time. I was added to a new support group for marginalized sexual and relational identities. The group rules immediately inspired some in-depth conversation…

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