Anarres 2 cooperative community

November 7, 2020

2020 update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ed @ 3:03 am

I wasn’t able to visit Anarres Two this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions and quarantines. Hoping to be able to visit in 2021.

I’ve been doing a little thinking about possible business ideas. One idea is selling and installing photovoltaic thermal (PVT) solar panels, especially for providing shade for mobile homes. These are solar panels that are cooled by water tubes. They output more electricity since they can be kept cooler, and also produce hot water. Someone would need to go to school to get the know-how though. Another idea is turning several acres of A2 into a solar power or wind farm, but the hurdles would be financing and connecting to the power grid, the latter of which would be very expensive. Another idea would be setting up a small scale manufacturing business of some kind and selling the products to people who support worker co-ops, or doing greenhouse farming. And also I still think the yurt camping idea might be viable during the warm season. If you had the financing, some kind of business in Imlay, like an ‘urgent care’ clinic or food coop or coffee shop/EV recharging station by the interstate would also be possible. You could buy land close to the interchange in Imlay for the solar farm for EV charging. Lots of ideas, but not much money….

Since I haven’t been able to attract much interest in my scheme, instead of initially setting this up as a worker coop I may focus on setting it up as a private home at first. That would result in a home with a well, a septic system and a wind/solar off-grid power system. The next step would be transforming that into a co-op/corporate model by selling the property to a worker-owned corporate entity at some point.



  1. If you are set up for mining then depending on the type of stuff available in your area you could do a public mine/ campground where people come dig their own gems or whatnot and stay for the weekend. If you go the corporate entity route maybe look into partnering with someone like mondragon corporation.

    Comment by Jeff — November 11, 2020 @ 8:38 am

    • I’ve done some digging to plant trees and to collect gravel and I haven’t found anything that looked valuable or particularly interesting. The land is zoned for mining though (recreation, mining and agriculture). You could do horseback riding on the BLM land nearby, that would probably be fun. Mondragon is an interesting group, but I think they are only doing business in Spain.

      Comment by Ed — November 11, 2020 @ 10:04 am

      • Mondragon Corporation is in 31 different countries. I’m sure you could figure out something to do with the resources that can be mined out there if you wanted to. Heck it almost seems worth it to put in an overnight parking lot with the way the vanlife stuff is going now.

        Comment by Jeff — November 13, 2020 @ 11:03 am

  2. Thanks for your suggestions. I see Mondragon is working with former U.S. Steel employees to set up a steelworker cooperative on the east coast, but I don’t think I’m in that league. They are a major company in Europe. I see they don’t generally admit foreign employees as co-owners. “The first, and most troubling, was the issue of international workers who are not members of the cooperatives. As with many successful firms, regardless of structure or industry, much of the growth in recent years has come from international markets, which now account for 70 percent of Mondragon sales. This has necessitated hiring new workers in those new markets. Few, if any, of these new workers have been offered membership in the cooperatives. As a consequence, they do not participate in the benefits of worker-ownership. While they are reportedly treated well they do not participate in the governance of the firm and are not eligible for many of the other unique benefits of the cooperatives.”

    I think the only thing that could be easily mined on my land is gravel. They do mine gold in the area, but it’s an industrial and toxic process of piling up huge mounds of earth and then leaching them with chemicals. I visited an abandoned and supposedly cleaned up mining site not far away and it still reeked of chemicals. I fancy myself a Green, so I don’t think I want to do that to Mother Earth.

    Comment by Ed — November 14, 2020 @ 1:07 am

  3. I realize it has been quite some time since your last post or activity. Not sure what your present situation is but wishing you all the health in these chaotic and pressing times. On that topic, I’d like to point out the desire for alternative forms of organizations and living is on the rise more than ever especially with covid and rising tensions in urban areas due to gentrification and colonization. I am a local Nevadan and live in Reno. If you need any help with stewardship or general work I’d be happy to lend my labor.

    Comment by tomas — March 29, 2021 @ 5:22 am

    • Hi Tomas, I’m stuck in Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic, and not sure if I’ll be able to make it to the U.S. this year or not. What is it about Anarres Two that you find interesting? Are you a democratic socialist?

      Comment by Ed — March 29, 2021 @ 6:04 am

  4. Hi, I have some rural land in Nevada, interested in your opinions, email to discuss – thank you – Jon Little

    Comment by jonforrestlittle — April 11, 2021 @ 3:17 pm

    • Hi Jon, I can’t even afford to develop the land that I already have, but thanks for the offer!

      Comment by Ed — April 12, 2021 @ 2:02 am

  5. Hello Ed

    I am interested in democratic socialism, my son is currently in college working out how to bring this to life in a sustainable way. I am in Nevada and am currently a nomad, I set up and work with the human component of communities.
    I would love to work collaborate and see if I can help to bring this mission to life.

    I have ideas about a place for nomads to come, stay, help and learn.

    I’d love to talk more

    Comment by BRANDY JORDAN — January 2, 2022 @ 5:05 pm

    • Hi Brandy, Thank you for your interest! The only way we could do that under the county’s zoning laws would be to set up a campground business, which requires certain facilities such as rest rooms and other facilities separate from any permanent housing (if I remember correctly). But since my plan is to set this up as a socialist cooperative, the nomads would need to be socialists and they couldn’t be highly nomadic. Plus, when getting it started, the founders need to be on the same wavelength and willing to make an investment for this to happen. I’m looking for people with a serious interest in and understanding of socialism at first. If it gets off the ground, we could have a campground business serving the general public as a way to share our ideas, but the business would be run as a worker cooperative and not necessary include the visitors, unless someone decided they wanted to join the staff. But that is still a far-away goal. We need a well and septic system before we can build or bring in county-approved housing, then we’d need off-grid power, then we’d need separate infrastructure for the camping business. It will be expensive.

      Comment by Ed — January 3, 2022 @ 4:10 am

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