Freedom and "doing your own thing" most important value; "laying a trip" on someone is a cardinal
1980s VALUESCooperation with others and "the good of the whole" important; everyone needs to contribute his/her share; erratic behavior less acceptable.
Agreed-upon rules and expectations; fairly structured work and financial requirements.
Variation in lifestyle in different communities -- ranging from alternative to middle class professional.
Primarily positive orientation -- building a new society, new institutions and/or bridging with best in society.
More committed membership and long-lasting communities.
More restrictive about membership -- must be harmonious with group and committed to group's purpose.
Open to visitors by prior arrangement only.
More acceptable of the role of ego in personal development; necessity for ego first to be strong before truly going beyond it.
Some political involvement in most groups; "planetary consciousness" important -- awareness of Earth itself as a being.
More of a balance between individual and group needs; private space more respected.
Order and cleanliness valued in most groups.
Self-sufficiency in food and energy increasing, but emphasis on interdependence with local area (with some outside donations if non-profit).
Visitors usually requested to contribute money and/or labor; more structured guest programs.
Sexually somewhat more restrained but looser than conventional standards; celibacy in some groups.
"Women's liberation" prevalent; breakdown of traditional roles.
Often a majority of monogamous couples and families.
More psychologically sophisticated; personal growth techniques in most communities.
Closeness to nature highly valued, but appropriate technology also welcomed; more communication links with society (telephone, TV, radio, some computers).
Generally more mature and responsible adult attitudes; valuing some balance of playfulness, although sometimes too serious.
Well-developed belief system -- usually spiritual and/or political.
Creating a new social and/or economic order is as important as personal liberation.
More of a work orientation, with accomplishment more highly valued and some retreat time available. Sometimes too "workaholic".
Wholeness most important in most groups -- integration of mind/feelings/body/spirit.