Declaration of Common Intention Version 3

Part I: Vision

  • We acknowledge that Mother Earth is free of ownership and borders and we peacefully work to return her to this natural state.
  • We envision a global garden of abundance in which all beings live together in harmony.
  • To fulfill this vision we co-create a worldwide self-sufficient network of open, sustainable communities which protect and rehabilitate our ecosystems while producing food and other resources.
  • Caravans link the communities and help spread energy and products.
  • Within the carrying capacity of local ecosystems, the network provides safe homes for individuals whether they be sedentary or nomadic.
  • Free and equal individuals live together in communities based on inclusiveness, acceptance, care and healing, peaceful conflict resolution, sharing and co-operation and the evolution of consciousness.
  • We interact in egalitarian circles wherein communal decisions are made by consensus.
  • The community is the guardian of the land, all structures and resources.
  • We believe in gift economy and we accept donations. We believe in a world where we all share our surpluses without expecting a return. We want to be as free from the energy of commercialism as possible.
  • We show deep love, respect and humility in our interaction with ourselves, our neighbours, Mother Earth and all beings.
  • Individual communities enjoy autonomy within the framework of our Declaration of Common Intention.
  • We call our homes Rainbow Crystal Land because as a crystal can contain the rainbow, the lands can contain the spirit of rainbow gatherings.
  • We are one.

Part II: Organization

  • In the RCL Network we make decisions by unanimous consensus of all current RCL residents (meaning anyone currently present) in face-to-face circles and never on the internet, although we use our RCL Common Website as a tool to make proposals and to collect the face-to-face consensuses. There are four types of consensus:
    • Founding Consensus: Made by the RCL circle accepting a new RCL or Scouting Mission, a Founding Consensus is a condition for the donation of an RCL or the fundamental vision of a Scouting Mission and is changeable only in special unforeseeable circumstances through a Global Consensus.
    • Community Consensus: A communal decision on a matter relating only to that RCL Community made by all current residents in the RCL.
    • Organization Consensus: A communal decision on a matter relating only to an RCL Organization, made by all current residents of all RCLs held in Trusteeship / Ownership by that RCL Organization. An RCL will automatically “stand aside” to allow the agreement of others to proceed if it fails to respond to a proposed Organization Consensus within three weeks.
    • Global Consensus: A communal decision on a matter relating to the whole RCL Network, such as changes to the DCI, made by all current residents of all RCLs everywhere through a collection of Community Consensuses. A Global Consensus can be proposed by any face-to-face RCL Vision Council which can be held anywhere, anytime by anyone. A proposal will become a Global Consensus Request once it has reached Community Consensus in any RCL and has been published on our RCL Common Website by that RCL’s Internet Focalizer. All RCLs are themselves responsible for obtaining information about Global Consensus Requests. All RCLs have two moon cycles to respond to a Global Consensus Request but will be granted an extension of an additional moon cycle if requested. All RCLs automatically “stand aside” if they fail to respond within this time limit. The Community Consensuses will be collected on our RCL Common Website. Global Consensus is reached after two moon cycles if all RCLs are in agreement.
  • An RCL is a piece of land hosting a permanent community aiming for sustainable living, fulfilling or soon to fulfil our legal ideals for land ownership as closely as possible. A new RCL is accepted into the RCL Network through Community Consensus in a circle with at least ten people or the majority of the community residents present in a current RCL, according to the guidelines set out in “Appendix A – Accepting A New RCL”.
  • All land-use projects or projects involving the structural change of the RCL require Community Consensus. The ownership of all structures and resources on RCLs are communal but the usage may be private depending on community agreements.
  • RCL Organizations may have to be created to fulfil our ideals concerning land ownership. An RCL Organization is set up according to the guidelines in “Appendix B – Land Ownership” and is accepted into the RCL Network through Community Consensus in a circle with at least ten people or the majority of the community residents present in any other RCL than the one about to be owned by the RCL Organization in question.
  • Each RCL can through Community Consensus elect an Observer who will have access to all information, activity and accounts in all RCL Communities and RCL Organizations.
  • No one receives a salary for their work for RCL Communities or RCL Organizations. We do not borrow money. Land, structures or other resources held in common Trusteeship / Ownership cannot be used as security for loans.
  • A Scouting Mission is a group searching for a suitable land to receive as a donation or to purchase. A Scouting Mission must be accepted through Community Consensus in a circle with at least ten people or the majority of the community residents present in a current RCL. Direct donations to the Scouting Mission should be channelled through an RCL Organization and funds should only be released once an Observer has authorized the sale price.
  • The world rainbow gathering can host Global RCL Vision Councils but any proposal must go through a Community Consensus in an RCL to become a Global Consensus Request. An announced RCL Vision Council with at least ten people present at a world rainbow gathering has the power to accept new RCLs and new Scouting Missions.
  • Within the framework of our Declarations of Common Intention and national and local laws, every RCL Community enjoys both freedom and responsibility. Individuals enter RCLs at their own risk and they are responsible for their own unlawful acts.
  • We use the internet freely and openly but every person has the right not to be on the internet through any kind of media. Our RCL Common Website is a communal project which facilitates communication, the transparency of RCL Organizations, the receiving of donations and the making of Organization and Global Consensuses.

Appendix A: Accepting A New RCL

Our vision is the creation of sustainable permanent communities in a self-sufficient network, so how a new land can produce food and other resources must be considered before being accepted into the RCL Network. Other types of homes or lands, such as city houses or apartments, boats, land-preservation projects without human habitation or unproductive lands serving as nothing more than camp sites should not be awarded full status as independent RCLs but can be included into the RCL Network as a “sub-RCL” by being owned by another RCL’s Organization and managed by that RCL community.

Here are some points to bear in mind for the RCL circle which has the power to accept a new RCL into the RCL Network, although some of these points might be concluded by the new RCL Community itself.

  • The donor:
    • A clear understanding of RCL. What does “open and ownerless” mean to them? Does the donor want special rights to the RCL?
    • Motivation and clear vision.
    • A clear commitment and specific plan to complete the legal transfer of ownership to an RCL Organization.
    • A request for a Founding Consensus – is it reasonable and in line with our vision?
  • The land:
    • Existence of drinking water.
    • Will there be a permanent community? If not, can it be a “sub-RCL” managed by another RCL?
  • Legalities:
    • Clarity on the current, pre-donation status of ownership.
    • Will the RCL be owned or held in trust? By a new or existing RCL Organization? Is the existing RCL Organization open for new RCLs? If new, who will focalize setting it up?
    • Clarity on governmental restrictions on land-use or special responsibilities. Do we need building permission to construct structures?
    • No outstanding debt and clarity on all applicable taxes and other fees. Does another RCL take responsibility for the fees if only a “sub-RCL”?
    • Are there any national or local laws that might conflict with our vision?
  • Energy:
    • Motivated group of people.
    • The availability of long-term residents.
    • The availability of resources and money.
  • The community:
    • What is the common vision of the community? What is the focus, aim and driving force?
    • How will sustainability be achieved?
    • What is the role of this community within the RCL Network?

Appendix B: Land Ownership

1) We wish to declare the lands we inhabit as ownerless in a legally acceptable way. Our RCL Communities assume guardianship of the lands and peacefully seek full political autonomy.

2) Until 1) has been achieved, we see common ownership by local RCL Organizations that give us the legal right to stay on the land as a temporary solution. An RCL Organization will hold land and permanent structures in perpetual, irrevocable Trusteeship (preferred) or outright Ownership on behalf of the rainbow family (meaning all human beings), Mother Earth and all beings.

Each RCL Community must find solutions within the local legal system to set up RCL Organizations that operate as closely as possible to these ideals:

  • The Organization must be recognized by the local legal system.
  • Everyone present on the land have equal rights and responsibilities.
  • Decisions are made by consensus of the community.
  • The Organization does not borrow money.