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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 tool, let it serve as a living document that changes to meet the needs of our community.

Personal Accountability, Peer Mentorship, and Mutual Aid


Personal Accountability: an awareness of one’s connections, and a willingness to accept responsibility for the impact of their actions.

Peer Mentorship: learning and developmental symbiosis between individuals of different skill levels; an individual sponsoring incoming members with regard for community expectations.

Mutual Aid: cooperation for the sake of common good; dedication from each member of a community to provide all possible assistance when individuals are in need.

The call to authenticity is sacred.

While many institutions hold individuals accountable for their actions, within their respective jurisdictions, communities often falter when they fail to educate their members on self-reflection and personal accountability. Only you know if you worked out, met your writing goal, or ate according to your chosen diet.

Once accountable to oneself, If one practices accountability for themselves, but yet experiences anxiety regarding their decisions, further education from their peers may enhance their ability to build their own trust. Education can be formal or experiential. Mastery comes when we share our knowledge and practical skills.

We have many potential teachers. The tech friend who can help sort out an online website for your portfolio, an acquaintance capable of helping you build custom shelving for your house, or perhaps a caring confidant willing to edit your writing. Our friends and connections can bring so much to our lives.

Blending these things together into intentional community is work. It can be difficult to mesh different personalities and experiences that may benefit one another. It can be a challenge to find points of agreement and keep members engaged to accomplish community goals. It can also be rewarding, and it may prove essential for the times when you can’t quite make all the pieces of life fit together. For many, a community built on intention might be one’s only option for a safety net.

Lucenti desires to unlock the mental blocks that might prevent personal accountability, without it becoming punitive. Lucenti seeks to re-create social structures that intentionally provide for and educate members to accomplish larger projects.

Next: Section Two

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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Introducing Lucenti for Listening! Episode 1: Community

We made a podcast! Find the transcript of our conversation here. In this episode, we discussed who we are, mutual aid, communities of our past (quasi-monastic, y’all), their evolution, building community for the sake of community, medicating and self-medicating, survival/homesteading skills, cynicism, crafting change in our world, connecting/socializing while sober, disconnecting from ego. So..just a few things! Footnotes: – What is informed consent? – More on Mutual Aid Societies. Also some…

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Wisdom, Work, and Warfare

Plato founded his first academy as a sanctuary in honor of Athena the goddess of wisdom. At the time, “sanctuary” implied sacred space where both mentors and apprentices could establish the spiritual grounding necessary for the mundane practice of their disciplines. Today we might describe “sanctuary” as a “small safe space in a troubling world, an oasis in a vast desert, or an island in a stormy sea.” But…

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