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glorfon
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I've been reading the new self sufficient gardener and I've been noticing alot of plants require very specialized care.  It's not necessarily labor intensive but it's just very specific to each vegetable.  It seemed to me like too much for each of us to remember how to care for each plant.  So what if we each specialized in a couple vegetables?
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vov35
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hmmmm...

I think It would work fine, I mean, we would still be working collectively on the larger fields... right?

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glorfon
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Not quite.  Every one might not be tending tothe corn and potatoes but there would be more people working on them then vegetables in smaller patches
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The other option is to maximize the efficacy of each member of the commune by educating everybody. It may take more time and effort to get everybody up to par, but it counters one of the weaknesses of decentralized organization, which is that decentralization is only efficient if each person is operating on the same knowledge and skill base.

Rather than dividing labour, just have people learn by experience. If you see, talk about, interact with, and read about something more than once, you are 90% likely to remember about it.
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vov35
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I like LeRev's thinking here...
Perhaps we must create a similar skill base in areas necessary for sustainment to succeed in decentralization. <- Holy crap I spelled it right on my first try...

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Zeerahks
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Damn vov, what's wrong with you?  Very Happy

I concur.

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UnMeilleurReve
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Well, organizationally, here's what I've learned and observed.

If information is not possessed by the same group with relatively equal mastery and competence, a task or project undertaken by that group has to be A) started with an education program to bring everybody up to speed and then undertaken or B) if there is a time limit non-conducive to education then a specialist has to take charge over the project and the people wanting to participate have to be willing to trust and follow the direction of the specialist. "A" is an ideal decentralized situation and "B" is something that has to be undertaken in an emergency "executive" situation unless everybody was up to par to begin with. It seems to me for decentralist or "anarchist" ideals to work optimally, everybody has to be operating with the same knowledge base.

Where this comes into food is that we can all specialize in something, then when we get together we can teach each other about the things we learned about.

(Oh dear god, I sound like an elementary-school teacher....)
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Elementary teachers are needed to teach elementary things.  Don't feel bad!  Very Happy

Plus, you did a very good job of explaining it.  I understand, and, once again, concur.

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Selkie
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Like Rev's idea though not sure if I can remember everything but at least if everyone else knows you can remind me  Embarassed

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glorfon
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While obviously it would be nice for every one to know how to do everything I just would prefer to only work on one type of plant.


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