core agreements

We strive to treat all members fairly and give everyone an equal voice. To that end, our decisions are made by consensus. While members may occupy roles for a time in service to the group, that doesn’t make any one person more important than another.

Human-powered and mass transportation are our main form of transport. We consciously choose to counter the “car culture” predominant in the US.

We are an advocacy group as well as a demonstration project. We publicize and document our effort for the benefit of others. We emphasize reproducibility in our approach and methods. We expect to actively assist the start-up of other car co-ops.

Environmentalism is a priority to us. We use the most sustainable technology and energy sources accessible to us (such as efficient machines, biofuels, etc.).

We recognize that the most important factor in our success is our relationships. We emphasize and encourage personal growth: building safety and trust, compassionate communication, and self awareness. Members are expected to work out conflicts that arise, and support each other in doing this when needed. We aim to build social connections and a sense of community among our membership–we are involved in each others’ lives.

We help each other gain new skills: interpersonal, organizational, financial, technological, and so on. While most skills can be taken on at the option of the member, we do expect all incoming members to learn the skills and qualities required to participate effectively in the consensus decision-making process, which include active listening, patience, caring, and meeting facilitation.