Slicing Pie – ‘The Chart’ at Enterprise Scale

Chicago entrepreneur, Mike Moyer, has been refining his Slicing Pie system for the past decade or so. (I’ve used it. It works.)

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The Chart – Keeping the Peace in Group Households

(Relatively) Easy Group Living: The Chart vs Keeping Count

I’ve lived with groups of people my entire life. Currently (at age 65) my wife and I live in a house with another couple and the last of the three ‘kids’, our son, Griffin, in his early 20s. We bought the house together some 25 years ago. This is not two flats. It’s one house with one kitchen, 2 master bed rooms and 3 other bedrooms plus living room, dining room, family room, and library.

Living with groups of people can create some conflict…most often around household chores. Thirty five years ago we figured out The Chart. It was a break-through!

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5 to 20 Minutes a Month – Organize Hikes: Walking and Talking


It’s a great way to build community. In addition, it has significant health benefits to everyone that joins in:

The smart move is to combine them all.

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10 Minutes a Month – Easy Tribal Potluck Dinners

Why potlucks?

Potluck dinners scale. More people showing up = more food. Sharing food and conversation is the keystone tribal/family activity.

I started organizing potlucks my last few years in college. I’d make a huge pot of beans for veggie burritos. The only rule: no one could take leftovers home. We’d eat for the rest of the week.

Simplest: Anarchist Potluck

  • Set a day, time, and location.
  • Invite people.
  • Refuse to offer suggestions or coordinate what folks bring.
  • If everyone brings salad, order pizza.

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the Read Me post – Introduction and Table of Contents


The contents here can be divided into three groups:

  1. Tools for strengthening the tribe, i.e. ones connections to family and friends.
  2. Tools for building bridges. How do you communicate with our right- wing uncle or, if you’re the right wing uncle, your left-wing nephew.
  3. An attempt to develop a lexicon for the emotional underpinnings of cooperation and altruism.

There’s a more detailed Table of Contents below or you can click the category in the side panel to see all articles.

Why does this website exist?

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