Formed: 1891 Established: 1972
This page last updated:10/10/2011
Synergy House Cooperative
(Stanford University campus)
Synergy House is one of seven student-run cooperative communities on the campus of Stanford University. The house is university-owned and part of the standard on-campus student housing system.
Members of the cooperative include undergraduate and graduate students who live in the house, as well as students, researchers, staff, faculty, and other campus community members who donít live in the house but participate as Eating Associates (eating some or all of their meals at the house).
Because it is part of the student housing system, there is roughly 85 percent turnover in Synergy House's residents each academic year. (The house closes down during Winter and Summer breaks.) With this high turnover rate, there is a high degree of organizational memory loss each year, meaning that a great deal of time is spent, every year, learning what it means to live in community and how to accomplish that in a mutually agreeable way. Synergy and its fellow co-ops are therefore sites of intensive community-based learning, which makes them ideal for newcomers to intentional community but also potentially difficult for those with more experience.
The Synergy Cooperative was founded in 1972 and has had an exclusively vegetarian kitchen for almost that entire span. Not all members are vegetarian, but all communal meals are vegetarian and always include vegan options.
Major house decisions and all policy decisions are made by a consensus process open to all cooperative members.
The house has a staff of student leaders who manage various aspects of the houseís physical and organizational infrastructure, including food ordering, technology maintenance, the organic garden, meeting facilitation, accounting, etc. This staff is institutionally mandated and serves as the intermediary between the community and the university administration.
The Synergy website includes our Synpaedia, a wiki-based community-generated encyclopedia of Synergy knowledge, policies, history, and lore.
Cooperative organizations were central to the foundersí vision for Stanford University and have existed on the campus since it opened its doors in 1891. Leland Stanford mandated that the rights and advantages of cooperation and co-ops be taught in the university.
Today, Synergy House and its fellow campus cooperatives continue to uphold Stanfordís founding vision.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Synergy music video
Former/Other Names: Beta Chi Community for the Performing Arts, Phi Psi, Sigma Nu, The Camp
This page last updated:10/10/2011
Visitor Process: Contact the student management staff at email@example.com to request a visit. Typically, you would be invited to dinner.
University Students' Cooperative Association (UC Berkeley)
:: Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(approx. 50 residents + non-resident eating associates)
Open to new members:
(Only registered undergraduate students may live here as residents, but Stanford community members may join as eating associates.)
Leadership Core Group:
(Student management staff is instituted by the university.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Weekly 3 hour job. Four quarterly 3 hour jobs. = avg. 16 hours / month)
(In addition to rent charged by the university, Synergy chargest quarterly dues for board, social budget, philanthropy, etc.)
Land and Buildings
1 acres (0.4 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
Number of Residences:
(Historic 1900 home. http://histsoc.stanford.edu/hh1/550SanJuan.pdf)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Organic garden on-site.)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all dinners
(Dinners served Sunday - Friday.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(University students are frequent social drinkers.)
(In designated outdoor areas.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Private school at the community
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