A small yet established anti-authoritarian and egalitarian urban community
We are a collective house in Columbus, OH creating a life together around shared principles, a wood stove, and much more!
WHAT’S A MIDDEN?
A midden is an intriguing or marvelous rubbish heap. Packrats and octopi make middens—so do ocean currents and human civilizations. We call our house The Midden because we make use of the artifacts (groceries, furniture, shoes) thrown away or overlooked by mainstream society. And all the while, we’re using this stuff to build more whole and meaningful systems to provide for ourselves.
We also love to care for each other, share our skills and ideas, and do what we can to confront systems of oppression that bring us all down. We’re eco-activists, prison abolitionists, housing justice advocates, writers and theatre artists, adventurous human beings and more.
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT
We believe in things like: doing it ourselves, anti-authoritarianism, using (and re-using) our resources responsibly, friends and hanging out, dumpstering, caring for each other and staying solid. You can read lots more on our website http://themidden.wordpress.com/.
Our agreements help us to build a life (and make a living) through things we enjoy. Some of these agreements include:
A labor-sharing system, where paid and unpaid work are equally valued
Sharing a certain degree of our income and expenses
Weekly house meetings, where we check in with each other and make decisions about house projects
The community started in 2008 with some folks living together on King Ave, and in 2010 we bought a house on Chittenden Avenue. We know our neighbors, are close to just about everything, and live very affordably.
We’re looking for new people to live here! If you’re interested in learning about how to become a member, or if you have any other questions, come stop by! Give us a call at (614) 725-4333 or send us an email at [email protected].
Below are stories, blogs and articles on The Midden.