Commons based projects


An urban hacking group dedicated to the creative (and free) misuse of urban space. Hosting events such as public readings, alleyway dinner parties, projecting movies onto buildings, urban kayaking, renegade dance parties, etc.

Decoding Labs

A spatial think tank and design collective, looking at how to make unique and enticing spaces, and serving as a public repository of this information.

Embassy Meeting of the Minds (EMoM) salon series

A salon series every Thursday at the Embassy (399 Webster Street) that is open to the public and free, designed to create a space to think through some of the harder questions that are out there. Topics have included "What would a post racial society look like?", "Is cultural appropriation ever ok?, 'Does it matter that you were born this way?', "Do poor lives matter?"

: Embassy Salons :

Red Victorian Lecture Series

Weekly lectures open to the public hosted at the Red Victorian commune and hotel. Together with the salons we aspire for these to form a sort of free school in the coming year.

:The Red Vic Lectures:

Embassy Network

A global network of communal houses stitched together with modern nomad software


DRFT is a intracommunity credit system. DRFT are earnt in a number of ways but one DRFT is equal to a one night stay in any EN location, thereby simultaneously flattening the asymmetry in rent prices across locations and facilitating movement through our common spaces._

Haight Street Commons

Federation of local communes working on mutual aid, sharing, and resource sharing. Donate to our fund here:

Red Vic Workshop

A space for learning basic shop skills and hacking on projects. Provides access to the tools for people looking for shop space in the neighborhood and offers classes for new makers

Embassy & John Muir School collaboration

We work with the local school to teach a class a month! We love you to take on one of these, it can be talking about your career, what you learned, reading a story, hosting an art class, what ever you want :) email for more info.

Second Life - D & D with formerly incarcerated individuals.

One of the Red Vic Lectures last year, was given by an attorney, Jared Rudolf, on the History of the California Prison system. It was a fascinating talk and as we all got into the questions towards the end, it became clear that some of the attendees, were themselves formerly incarcerated individuals. They were there speaking from their perspective and found a space where they were heard. As we got to talking about their experience, I asked them what they were lacking. At that point, their answer was ‘a place be, and to build community’. The thing they asked for was a place to play Dungeons and Dragons, a game that had been their primary form of escape and relief during their years inside. Now on the outside, facing all the pressures of life, they had nowhere to play. Being part of a network of intentional communities, space is abundant, rendering this a simple thing to solve. And so it was that the ‘Second Life’ project was borne: our attempt to create community together, a collaboration between the Embassy Network and The Prisoner Reentry Network. We gather together each week to play. The games are attended by formerly incarcerated lifers, residents and community members. And no one need ask who is who. We leave our backgrounds at the door and join each other at the table as equals.

Come and join us, alternating Sundays at 12pm at the Embassy. Read more about it here:

:Dungeons and Dragons, with the Prisoner Reentry Network:

Commune Research Commune

The Commune Research Commune collectively produces knowledge about collective living projects. We are interested in creating discourse about new places and new strategies for resisting capital, in sharing our ideas in and beyond our own shared spaces, and in both acting our way into different modes of thinking and thinking our way into different modes of acting. We explore collective living projects. We share our intellectual space and ideas in a shared space: the research commune. Communes are built around commons, which they collectively steward; our commons is an evolving and dynamic body of knowledge about the practice of living in common.

CRC is a reading, writing and working group dedicated to thinking critically, historically and theoretically about the meanings of residential commons, and working through of issues such as the wider impact, political/economic engagement of communes, and strategic thinking around these issues. Ask for an invite to our online reading group.

Social Observatory

At the intersection between social psychology, sociology, primatology and behavioral economics lies social physics. The social observatory is a project studying social behaiour in the wild - we study humans in our communes and in other experimental societies such as Ephemerisle. You can read about about our governance experiments here. These data will all be made open for anyone to analyze for themselves.