Introduction: Independence Project-- the CommonGround Network
The CommonGround Network is a system where we use membership fees to buy plots of land around the US (and eventually around the world) that members can use to camp, to travel, to throw festivals, or simply to relax in the beauty of nature. By employing symbiotic conservation, the CommonGround Network could simultaneously protect land from development and enable recreation, creativity, and freedom.
Members would pay $100 per year or $250 for life to have access to the CommonGround Network, and would be able to see details on each property on our website. In addition, members could vote on prospective sites for expansion so that we develop in the geographical direction that our members desire. Started nearly a year ago, the idea for the CommonGround Network is well developed and we have run feasibility analyses to ensure that we could pull it off. Most questions can be answered on our website, www.commongroundnetwork.org
Elise is a senior at Stanford University, and has spent ample time traveling and adventuring around the world. Inspired by the creative and talented people she has met, and struck by the common dream expressed by many to buy a little plot of land so they could try out some ideas, Elise devised the CommonGround Network. A cross between timeshares and couch surfing, providing the environmental benefits of national parks and the freedom of personal ownership, the CommonGround Network could make the world a more free place for everyone.