Friday May 10 is the beginning of my great adventure, which I hope will be our great adventure!
In case you didn’t know I’ll be going on a big tour this summer and fall doing timebanking/sharing economy kinds of work and also playing music.
We start with our Wisconsin statewide gathering, Time for a Healthy Wisconsin: How timebanking and other cooperative practices can build a healthier state. After which we’ll have a Deep Dive Discussion to explore how we plan to apply all we’ve been learning. This is especially significant for us as we move forward more formally on connecting with the Madison Hours system and then redesigning our approach to be more robust.
The next week is Louisville Kentucky, where Kathy Perlow (Lehigh Valley Care Exchange) and I have the honor of being guests during a visit from the Dalai Lama, and will help present at an event timed to coincide with his visit, the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Conversation. Compassionate health care? Sounds great, let’s make it happen!
After that: UK, France, Netherlands, and all over the US.
Here’s a link to the schedule so far.
The goals of the economic piece are: spread the word, help stitch together a co-production based peer training and support network, help figure out questions around intertrading and technological needs, share whatever skills and expertise I can offer, document and learn from a variety of local initiatives, help link more people in various resource sharing/exchange networks, and help build out some kind of travel and culture exchange. All of those goals are only met with lots of people wanting to collaborate and share.
If you’re one of them and would like to have a part in this tour please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a link to a rough draft-in-progress menu of things I can offer.
We’ll work on building a page where we can combine that with local offerings if you’d like to offer talks or trainings at gatherings that arise. Again, offers of help building it are appreciated! The intention is to collect, catalog and build up all those resources and have it be used into the future, and figure out some decentralized stewardship of it. Part of the point of all this is to make these kinds of exchange systems work for our own sustainability, which I think can only be done through connecting at this point.
For now we’re collecting information about who wants to offer training and peer support here.
Also happily accepting leads on places to play music, people to share shows with, any other kinds of assistance (like housing, food or transportation)
So consider yourselves invited. Suggestions are welcome.
Thanks for reading,
Our tenth Builders Workshop happened to fall on the one year anniversary of the Builders Workshops series. Happy birthday to us!
This workshop focused on the intersection of timebanking and the arts. About fifteen people attended, representing various communities and artistic disciplines. Among the participants were the staff-person for the City of Madison’s arts grants program CitiArts, the former director of Dane Arts, the person spearheading Make Music Madison, and people working in radio, film, creative writing, visual arts, poetry and arts education, and more.
We began by presenting basics about timebanking, then moved into how timebanking is being applied to building arts opportunities in various places. We were joined online by Autumn Rooney of the LA-area Arroyo-SECO TimeBank. She shared their experience with Artist Bailouts, group gatherings where timebank members help secure crowd-funding for artists. We shared various ways that timebanking is supporting artists in Dane County – Briana presented about the art class she taught in Stoughton, Lorrie shared experiences of Youth Court kids connecting with artists and projects as part of their youth court participation, I presented examples of how artists have gotten help with setting up shows, providing food for art shows, graphic design, lessons and supplies. We also described how matchmaking software of the kind being developed and used by Make Music Madison could be combined with innovative resource-exchange and -sharing models (like timebanking) to better connect artists with needed space.
One of the most exciting ideas was suggested by Karin of CitiArts – that we could develop a formula where the City provides some timebank hours with monetary grants, or accepts timebank hours as part of their required in-kind match. Other members pointed out that if the City and County would take timebank hours for bus passes, trail passes, bike and dog registration fees this would go a long way toward enhancing the value of timebank credit.
We’ll continue to pursue that, along with meetings with Dane Arts staff and additional exploration with attendees.
And we’ll do our best to post and otherwise keep you up to date.
In the meantime please peruse the notes from the workshop, and feel free to view, use and adapt our slide presentation however you’d like.
Thanks for reading,
Thanks to Eric Allin of Madison’s WYOU Community Television, we can now share video from Bernard Lietaer’s and Jacqui Dunne’s presentation in Madison Wisconsin from March 29.
We also have video from the workshop but need to cut it down from its 3 hour run time before sharing here.
And stay tuned for more about the discussions their visit sparked and some exciting new directions it might take us.
Watch the video here.
As always, thanks for your interest.
Rethinking Money Here and Now: Report from Lietaer- and Rearick-led workshop, slides from Lietaer and Dunne public presentationPosted: 4 Apr, 2013
It’s time to share what happened at our full-day workshop on Saturday March 30, 2013.
This was fresh on the heels of a scintillating talk by Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne the night before, held at Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. About 150 people had their minds blown by the wonderful possibilities presented. You can see the slides (with some images removed) here, graciously shared by Bernard Lietaer. Madison public event with C3 figures March 26 2013 nocartoons
The workshop was held at the US Bank building on our Capitol square. It was 10am -4pm on a lovely Spring day on a holiday weekend, and still the place was filled to capacity (40+).
We had people representing many sectors of our community – timebank members, people intrigued at the talk the evening before, business owners and managers, people active in social justice, cooperative and co-housing members and owners, sustainability activists and more. These are the notes I took during the introductions, showing what groups and interest areas were present.
Jacqui joined in as a participant and Bernard and I took turns leading segments of the workshop. First he gave the big picture overview of where we are at this moment in history. Then I took over and presented our own, littler big picture overview. Here are the slides I used (but I stopped at slide 19): Cooperative_economy
The most wildly exciting part of my presentation, for me anyway, was when Bernard narrated his own Martian anecdote slide. I prese
nt that all the time and it was my dream come true to have Bernard there saying it in his own words and voice!
Speaking of which, he then took the reins and wowed us with some great knowledge, perspective and information. Including stuff that’s been introduced to him on this journey through North America, and which he’s helping us to synthesize for the first time. Extremely exciting stuff with massive potential. I’ll write that up in a separate post, coming soon.
Bernard’s presentation, Madison WI workshop, introduced us to some exciting new ideas, some of which he had newly synthesized in the wake of some other North American stops, especially with regard to the C3 model and a new corporate structure in the USA, the L3C.
After a break for lunch we held a roundtable discussion about what our own goals are, how we see various pieces we’d learned applying to our own goals and systems, and next steps. Here are pictures of my notes:
We also made video at the event, thanks to Michael and Donna. We’ll share that after it’s edited into something more wieldy than a 6-hour raw video of a workshop.
As always, thanks for reading. Please subscribe to this blog if you’re interested in keeping up with what we’re doing.
Now’s a great time to do so – this visit has sparked tons of new ideas which we expect to bring to beautiful fruition. I hope you’ll help!
Enjoy your spring,
What a fun, stimulating, educational, inspirational time with Jacqui Dunne and Bernard Lietaer this week.
This is the quick and dirty update because I need a day off at the moment. Will be back later this week with in-depth report on our wonderful all-day workshop with local organizers and participants. Very fruitful and thought-provoking.
The two co-authors of Rethinking Money: How New Currencies Turn Scarcity Into Prosperity informed and inspired a rapt crowd of about 150 people at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on a beautiful holiday evening.
On Saturday, I worked with Bernard to give a full-day workshop where we presented about where we are now, some possibilities for where we can go to become more effective, and how we might proceed in getting there. It seems safe to say everyone’s heads were exploding by the end of the day.
So, I look forward to sharing the details with you and as always will attempt to keep you posted as thoroughly as possible as we proceed.
Thanks for reading,
p.s. my favorite part of the visit was at the end of our dinner on their last night here, Bernard’s fortune cookie fortune read “You don’t need to worry about money. The best things in life are free.” Wonderful!
We are pleased to announce that on Friday, March 29th at 7pm Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne will be in town to give a free, public talk as part of the tour for their new book, Rethinking Money. The talk, sponsored by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Dane County TimeBank, and Time For the World, will take place at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at 7pm.
Rethinking Money points out that there is a way, in fact a thousand ways, to stop our current juggernaut towards global self-destruction. There is a system of solutions already in place in localities throughout the world where terrible problems have existed. The changes came about, not through the redistribution of wealth, increased conventional taxation, bond measures or enlightened self-interest from corporate entities, but rather, by people simply rethinking the concept of money. With that restructuring, everything changed.
Leitaer and Dunn offer remedies for Government, Business and Entrepreneurship, NGOs and the Civil Society, and the private citizen. The book also presents clear validation, speaking plainly and directly to general interest readers. This work promises to strike a deep chord with audiences eager to find meaningful, thought-provoking answers.
The following day, Lietaer and Dunn will lead an in-depth workshop on how we can achieve local resilience by developing and expanding on current efforts. The workshop will be held in the US Bank Conference Room at 1 South Pinckney Street, from 10am to 4pm. To register for the workshop, please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5351454344. Registration is free and optional, but it will help us plan appropriately.
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Bernard Lietaer is an international expert in the design and implementation of currency systems. He co-designed and implemented the convergence mechanism to the single European currency system (the Euro) and served as president of the Electronic Payment System at the National Bank of Belgium (the Belgian Central Bank). He co-founded and managed GaiaCorp, a top performing currency fund whose profits funded investments in environmental projects. A former professor of International Finance at the University of Louvain, he is currently a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley.
Jacqui Dunne is an award-winning journalist from Ireland, founder and CEO of Danu Resource, and an emerging leader in helping entrepreneurs develop technologies and initiatives that restore the earth’s equilibrium globally. The company serves as a fiscal agent for funding, and works as the interface between the donors and the projects. Danu’s unique value is its ability to work from a future reference point that draws out the greatness, and builds upon the strengths, of both the donor and the recipient, thus creating a flourishing paradigm shift for a quadruple bottom-line –people, planet, profits and power within.
Well! A lot is happening. I’ll try not to bore you with too much detail (plus not too much detail exists yet)…
We’ll go chronologically here
This Thursday Community Forge programmer Matthew Slater arrives and we’ll be able to work faster and more deeply on software infrastructure for mutual credit exchange itself but also for our support and communication infrastructures. Stay tuned for details as they emerge…
March 30 and 31 we welcome Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne to Madison in their tour with their new book Rethinking Money. Lietaer will do both a larger public talk and an in-depth workshop with local stakeholders. Again, stay tuned for details. Check in on http://danecountytimebank.org for more on everything as it comes
In May we’ll kick off the rolling timebanking conference with a statewide gathering right here in Wisconsin. Focused on Wellness, including food security.
June starts the roving part of the tour. I just confirmed a Regenerative Economy talk at the Sunrise Festival in UK, May 30 – June 2. So we’re on! Later in June look for a timebank gathering in South London. I’ll also be traveling around to document what’s happening in the area, especially Wales I hope. After that off to the Netherlands, hopefully for the Oerol Festival to play and do timebanking/sharing economy stuff, then to the Hague for the 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems, where Marc and I will present the paper we’re working on, I’ll present on timebanking/mutual credit, and I’ll participate somehow in the Art Track.
After a little rest at home I leave again in late July to head west, through Colorado to California, then up the west coast possibly to Vancouver and back across. Am just starting to fill in dates and locations and if you do sharing economy work and want to host a gathering or get together to do some work please get in touch.
September will be another break back at home, then late September leaving to go east across the northern US – Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, wherever there’s stuff to do that fits with the travel schedule. Hopefully with a detour to Turkey for GIFTIVAL in mid-October, back to the southeastern US across to New Orleans for a Halloween timebank gathering and shows, then ending the rolling conference in St. Louis, where modern timebanking seems to have begun.
Some of the goals of this tour (besides playing music in support of my new CD Dreamworld): to spread the word on timebanking and other cooperative economic and community practices, build the Time For the World redesigning work project (more to come on that), increase participation in/build out build, build up the training and peer support corps of the timebanking/sharing economy/sustainability movement/s, give people more practice at hosting gatherings, including providing assistance from the Knit a Network participants, document more cool local initiatives, build training capacity, curricula and materials. This is a many-person job, all are welcome to apply, and it’s no borders, cross-affiliation, looking for maximum ways to plug in maximum number of people doing work they care about and enjoy.
so…. with all that… stay tuned for details! help make some details by hosting a gathering in your area, making suggestions, etc
As always, thanks for paying attention