Who Runs This?
Our residential advisers (RA's) live on campus.
Katy is a former NASA roboticist, an ex-Googler SWE, and a jack of all trades. She helped run Hacker Dojo during its more community-centrered phase and 8 community houses before Eden. She likes video games, PJs, power tools, fiction media which discusses societal structures and incentives, and her husband named Cliff who is not staff but also lives on campus.
Eric is a physicist, mathematician and former grad student who joined the prior house in March 2015 so he could continue his research without interruptions from academia. He helps with strategy, and focusing on what is highest impact to the resident's happiness and the dorm's overall health. He likes philosophy, movies, books of every kind, and being right.
Derrick started as an economist but since then has spent a lot of time studying math, languages, literature, programming, machine learning and playing Marth in SSBM. He has been intermittently with the crew since 2013, now focuses on logistics. He likes anime, ironing, neoclassical music, and extremely specific lightbulbs.
Srikanth is the house head for Alliance Dvaraka. He is a physicist turned programmer who now works in international immigration. Srikanth met the group because he went to college with Eric. He likes meeting people, art, EDM, board games, Burning Man, and generally being an extrovert.
Who is welcome at Radio Eden?
A Place For Everybody
Radio Eden is a safe space that welcomes people over 18 (sorry, liability), regardless of age, gender identity, race, nationality, sexual orientation, country of origin, disability or education level.
What if I can not afford to live in Radio Eden?
Money Isn't Everything
Radio Eden is proud to offer hardship scholarships in 3-month increments to otherwise financially-independent individuals employed 50 weeks a year 40 hours a week by an external employer (read: not founders). During this program we cap your housing costs at 30% of your take-home pay after minimum payments on most student loans, most medical debt and similar circumstances on a case by case basis.
We believe that most of getting better paying work is connections and socialization, and hope that you will leave here with the knowledge and connections to get a better-paying job if you want one.
Some work we consider to be chronically underpaid public service also qualifies for a scholarship with less strict conditions. Examples include K-12 education, certain types of federal research.
The worktrade program is currently on hold at our landlord's request while we work out more projects.
Are there pets?
A Big Family
We have a cat named Taiyo who you can play with outside (he loves laser pointers), but he's only allowed inside the RA's unit because some residents have allergies. Eric has a golden-knee tarantula (a Christmas gift from his brother) which he adores. It is kept in a closed container which never leaves the RA unit.
Can residents have private rooms?
The Right Community Space For You
In the summer, all space is communal, including sleeping spaces, and most space is open to all genders. Space is zoned so residents can find a place to study, play, or sleep at any time of the day or night. Sleeping spaces are zoned snoring and non-snoring and also by what time residents prefer to go to bed. There are also a non-compulsory female-identified-only and male-identified-only sleeping spaces.
During other seasons, some of the rooms are converted into small spaces designed for cofounders and can be rented privately. Each includes a mini-fridge, a coffee maker, and desks. The female-identified-only room and the male-identified-only room are often not available during these seasons. Feel free to ask us if they are currently active.
Why does short-term housing matter?
Part of a Greater Whole
The financial commitment of signing a 12 month lease prevents many people from pursuing great opportunities they are more than qualified for. By giving people a low-commitment place to land for their first few months, we believe we can empower true economic mobility.
We also believe we can play a key role in solving the housing crisis. By removing a portion of the renters who previously had to sign no matter the price and conditions in order to be able to accept one-in-a-lifetime opportunities, we hope to create a more renter-friendly market which serves to preserve and contribute to our neighborhoods and broader communities.