Share Skills at MAN Up Skillshare Summit! Madison WI 8/22-8/28

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From August 22-28 Mutual Aid Networks will be hosting people from around the world in Madison Wisconsin for  a Skillshare summit. We will design the week to create opportunities for many people doing many amazing projects to share what they do in ways that are replicable.

Here is an invitation to the summit overall.

Here is an invitation to contribute skillshare ideas. We’ll be working through that process over time, this will provide the initial link to throw  your hat in the ring.

I hope you can join us!!

Thanks much
Stephanie


MAN Tour #2 2016 report – Paris

 

Paris is beautiful, of course. And it was really fun to be there.

We began with CollabCamp, which was different than I expected but made fruitful by the fact that Leander and Sybille were both there, and Kate for the beginning. Leander and I were able to get a lot done in preparation for our presentation at OuiShare Fest and beyond, and it was ideal to be able to do it in person. Sybille, Julien and I made plans for moving forward on the Wezer software that they’ve created (Sybille as principal visionary behind the project, Julien as great collaborator/contributor) that we’ve chosen to become the Mutual Aid Platform, or MAP for the Main MAN.

I enjoyed the people I met and spent time with at CollabCamp, but felt a missed opportunity to get to some of the concrete work I’d expected due to lack of internet connectivity and not enough structure to contain any real kind of flow, including we weren’t all together at the same time very much.

But Paris is a lovely place to be for that kind of structurelessness, if you’re going to be having it.

Then OuiShare started, and it was pretty great. First, the venue – Cabaret Sauvage, in the wonderful Parc de la Villette. The fact that France has a tradition of taking care of its people and treating them kindly is palpable in this park, which has tons of cool free things to do and was built for the people, in a district without a lot of money.

The whole Ouishare Fest was full of life and activity. A lot of the presentations focused on cooperative development, so that was cool.

IMG_8026Our workshop was great (imho:). Well-attended and well-received. Leander did a IMG_8029cool trick to keep the intros short and light – he started with his hands apart and moved them toward each other, closing them together at the end of the allotted 10 seconds each person had. It made people smile and it was fun to watch them talk faster as hands came together. And it was remarkable how well people pared what they care about to its essence when they had their visible 10 seconds. According to the timekeeper, though, it hurts to hold your arms up that long.IMG_8030

We did the general MAN overview, and handed out the Posh-terity budget tool for people to work on. It seemed to work really well to give that to people – made it more real than I think we’ve usually done. Several people told meIMG_8062 later that they plan to MAN Up themselves, including someone from the Czech Republic. I also heard from someone inspired to start one in Berlin because of Anne Snick’s workshop. Awesome!

There were a lot of highlights of OuiShare but I’m not going to write about them here…

I left Paris May 21 and flew straight to San Francisco, where I stayed at Berkeley Co-Housing and then drove to Asilomar Retreat Center the next day for my first 5-day immersion for my BALLE Fellowship. Report on that, and subsequent Bay Area MAN events coming soon…


MAN Up Summits Coming Soon! August and September

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We are busy organizing two amazing summits for you to attend.

Please mark your calendars and start making arrangements!

First, August 22-28, 2016 – the 2nd International MAN Up Summit in Madison Wisconsin: Sharing Skills, Moving Forward.

Goal: To bring together many active participants and leaders of projects and organizations, to share skills in ways that are practical and replicable, and to learn to apply them in our own communities. We will build collaborative relationships and ongoing mutual support.

What to expect: New learning, nuts and bolts action for local communities, access to ongoing technical assistance, training in using MAN tools for your own projects plus mutual support among projects around the world, deepening knowledge, building relationships. And fun, music, art, and nature.

We will offer homestays, feed you delicious food, and schedule plenty of time for enjoyment. You will leave with concrete actionable ideas for how to work with people in your own community to build your dream economy.

Soon we’ll post ways to offer skillshares and other sessions. Threads will include: Tools, Projects, Brainstorms, Connections. tree1
Affordable sliding scale registration – Details TBA


Then, September 5-9, 2016 – MAN Up UK Summit in Hull, England.

This will be a leadership development and European MAN launching event. More details TBA.

We will be launching a crowdfunding page to start raising money to support participants’ travel expenses, please stay tuned…

And also, stay tuned for reports on Paris, California, Detroit, and the CommonBound Conference in Buffalo – plus the Madison Mapping Summit! Lots of writing to catch up on.

Hope to see you soon

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Summer MAN News

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I know I still owe you a number of reports, all in progress. Coming soon will be posts on my Paris trip, Berkeley and Oakland gatherings, the BALLE fellowship immersion, and the Madison Mapping Summit. And meanwhile I’m working on planning the MAN Up Skillshare Summit in Madison August 22-28 (mark your calendars!), and a retreat in Detroit next week.

So here’s a brief pause for some news:

First – our article on Mutual Aid Networks is coming out in the next issue of STIR Magazine in the UK! Pre-order it here.

Next Tue – Thur I’ll be joining people from St. Louis and Detroit for a retreat. During the retreat we’ll make some plans for the Skillshare Summit and we’ll also host a 3-city conversation (Detroit, St. Louis and Madison) about how we might collaborate on some transformative community justice efforts. Please email me if you’d like to join the conversation, Thur July 7, 12-3pmCDT.

Then I head to CommonBound conference in Buffalo NY where Chris Petit, Julia Ho and I will present about Mutual Aid Networks.

I had initially planned to stay on the road the whole month of July, visiting pilot sites. But now I’ve shifted gears and will come home July 11-Aug 3 and work on our own pilot site development and preparation for the SkillShare Summit.

And go back out for the World Social Forum in Montreal, August 9-13, where I’ll present about MANs as part of the Commons Thread that P2P Foundation is helping to organize.

August 22-28 will be the Madison Skillshare. We aim to have a lot of people here showing how they do work in their communities – including many local efforts and highlighting DCTB’s restorative justice projects – in ways to maximize our ability to replicate, localize, and hopefully improve on each other’s work.

Then I’ll fly out to Amsterdam where I’ll present MANs at the Peer Value Conference Sept 2 and 3.

Then to the UK for a mini-MAN Up UK summit in Hull, visits to potential pilot sites in Manchester, Totnes, and beyond.

I look forward to connecting with you in one of these places!

 

 


Last Day of the Mutual Aid Network Mapping Summit! Connect Globally

 

Hello!

Tomorrow (Saturday June 11) morning is the last session of the MAN Mapping Summit. Beginning with breakfast at 9am and a little chatting about how we’re presenting our week when our web meeting starts.

And it’s a particularly exciting web meeting! 10am to 12noon CDT we’ll be joined by people doing similar work in Brazil and South Africa and more. We’ll provide a synthesis of our learning which will become a short educational video. And we’ll hear from these other projects and talk about how we make meaningful connections

at Art In, 1444 E. Washington, or please join at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/381362061 (phone-in instructions at bottom of this page)

Thanks much!

–Stephanie

ps  – oh yeah, we need to raise some more money. Another $1500 will cover it, how about throwing in $100? Here’s the paypal link. If it doesn’t work for some reason, click the ‘donate’ button at the bottom of http://mutualaidnetwork.org.

 Thanks!


ANTS! and more exciting stuff at the MAN mapping summit

Ants and complex systems Madison_MAN-map

today’s topic at the

Mutual Aid Network Mapping Summit

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I’m particularly excited to see what today will bring at our MAN mapping summit. We’re really seeing some interesting things emerge and we expect something really cool to come of this. So there!

And today we’ll start at 10amCDT with an overview and progress so far. 10:30ish Paul Hartzog will talk about ants and what they tell us about complex systems, then we’ll see how that applies to our work. Including our ongoing value flow mapping, our work on finding a ‘formula’ for a basic human livelihood, and a bit on gamification. Available online 10-12 CDT

And the rest of our mapping summit events. A light dinner is served every day, you can eat for free, pay timebank hours, pay sliding scale. We’ll have child care available most evenings and especially invite community members to join us for dinner and an ‘enjoyable life design and posh-terity budget’ workshop Thur 5-7.  We want to make it really easy for busy people to drop in and check it out.

All at Art In, 1444 E. Washington. With food! I hope you can make it!

Here’s the schedule and a flyer about the entire week-long event. And the partner request letter. Please feel free to share widely

Kids or anyone who wants to learn any part of this are welcome at any of the events, especially the work sessions Mon – Fri 2-4. I have no idea how the work flow will go but that’s something to learn too, how people create their own work flow. This whole effort is about redesigning work so we’re doing a bit of that as we go.

thanks much!

ps  – oh yeah, we need to raise some more money. Another $1500 will cover it, how about throwing in $100? Here’s the paypal link. If it doesn’t work for some reason, click the ‘donate’ button at the bottom of http://mutualaidnetwork.org. Thanks!

 


MAN Mapping Summit starts today!

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Here’s a reminder about our mapping summit events, starting today 3-6. A light dinner will be served every day, you can eat for free, pay timebank hours, pay sliding scale. We’ll have child care available most evenings, definitely today 3-6 and Tue and Thur 5-7. Tue and Thur focus on making our poshterity budgets and enjoyable life design, respectively. We want to make it really easy for busy people to drop in and check it out.

Mutual Aid Network mapping summit starts Sunday June 5, 3-6 at Art In, 1444 E. Washington.

Here’s the schedule and a flyer about the entire week-long event. And the partner request letter. Please feel free to share widely

Kids or anyone who wants to learn any part of this are welcome at any of the events, especially the work sessions Mon – Fri 2-4. I have no idea how the work flow will go but that’s something to learn too, how people create their own work flow. This whole effort is about redesigning work so we’re doing a bit of that as we go.

Mutual Aid Networks (MANs) are a new type of networked cooperative ‘creating means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community,’ and were born out of a research and development project of the Dane County TimeBank (project name Time For the World). The Social Justice Center is a convening partner in exploring creating Madison’s second MAN pilot site (Allied Community Coop is the first).

We’ll be mapping resource distribution in Madison and a little beyond, how better resource sharing and exchange can result in more equitable distribution right away, how we can use some creative cooperative wealth redistribution and work generation tools to provide a basic human livelihood to everyone, and how we can start building a future where we have good lives, good work, and ownership and agency in our own communities.

I hope you can participate. And please share this widely.

Thanks much,

Stephanie


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