Register now for MAN Up Int’l Summit #2: Sharing Skills, Moving Forward

summit2 Hope to see you soon!

We – Mutual Aid Networks – are hosting a Skillshare Summit in Madison August 22-28 and think you have something important to offer.

We’ll be sharing skills in concrete and replicable ways, learning to use MAN project-management and resource-sharing software and infrastructure to make all of our efforts much better supported materially and technically, and holding in-depth discussions about how we can continue to support each other across time and distance. Please join us!

Skillshare topics include: TimeBank Youth Court, Citizen Carpentry, Hosting a Swap, Reinventing Your Personal Style (includes clothing repurposing!), Building a Savings Pool, Building a Care Economy, Creating a Community Response Team, and more!

Here’s a link to the schedule in progress.

We’ll be joined by some amazing organizers from St. Louis, Detroit, Jackson MS, Philadelphia and Allentown, San Francisco CA, Hull UK, and beyond (some online).

Here is the invitation for our Mutual Aid Network Skillshare Summit.

And here’s a link to the invitation to contribute skillshares.

And last but certainly not least, register here.

You are more than welcome to forward this to anyone you think would be interested. Our target audience is people who have some experience with cooperative organizing efforts and very ready to take action to take things forward. People who are new to the topic are welcome, in the spirit of learning, and  supporting and participating in existing efforts.

I hope to see you soon!

Take care,

Stephanie
(Creative Director, Mutual Aid Networks)


MAN Up 2016 Spring Tour #2 report – California

Hello!

Returning to my long-backed-up Spring tour reports…

Now we’ve gotten up to May 21! When I flew from Paris to San Francisco, was greeted bythe delightful Patricia Mikkelson and hosted at the Berkeley Co-Housing where she’s staying, and where Raines and Betsy and Lloyd and Maya and a number of other wonderful people live (sorry, I can picture everyone but spending the time to conjure all the names is beyond me at the moment)…

I rented a car and drove that morning to Asilomar Retreat Center, on the coast not too far from Monterey. Beautiful! I was there for the BALLE Fellowship first immersion training.

This BALLE Fellowship cohort is made up of 36 amazing individuals. We had a really intense time, some really great, some really tough. I’m not going to write any details here. Check out the fellows on the page I linked to and you’ll see what’s so great about this.

Our immersions are based in transformational development and who knows what that means. I’ll have to distill it more, over the course of more gatherings, before I’ll want to write about it for a general audience.  For now, I’ll just say that this fellowship and this cohort have the potential to be massively transformational, powerful (in an actively peaceful kinda way), and also really really tight-knit. Or not. Hopefully yes though. We’re a microcosm of many of the really intense forces playing out in our society and economy, and it seems we’re pretty committed to wading through that in a constructive way, which would definitely have benefits that can ripple far and wide in the rest of our worlds…

After that lovely and challenging experience I drove back up to the Bay Area for a few cool events that Patricia and her friends had organized.

Community Connect was the first, and it was fantastic. It’s kind of like a speed-date open space session, with food and camaraderie and some music at the end. Really really cool. Patricia is going to give a skillshare on hosting these events at the MAN Up Skillshare Summit, by the way! IMG_8158IMG_8156

I led a mini-open space on MANs and was excited to meet one of the organizers of  Omni IMG_8155Commons, and especially excited to learn that she makes community wireless networks among the many other awesome things she does. And check out that link for Omni Commons, it’s a really amazing collective space, hosting all kinds of events and lots of Capoeira.

The next day we held an informal MAN workshop at Berkeley InfoShop. It was an intimate and motivated group of about eight. A big highlight was Nikki and Emory’s posh-terity budget. They live very wisely and frugally on a small amount of money, use the timebank a lot, and are generally really smart and efficient about how they spend. And we still found ways for them to really improve their quality of life and reduce expenses even further by working in a MAN framework (applying timebanking more effectively, building more shared resources, availing themselves of current shared resources they may have overlooked, building or joining a savings pool). The group made plans to keep meeting to pursue creating a pilot site.

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From there we went back to the co-housing where Lloyd and I played a house concert (separate short, alternating sets) to a small and appreciative audience of co-housers. It was a lovely way to close out a very intense few weeks.

And that was it for the Spring MAN Tour… Now we’re all the way up to June! Much more to come..

 

 


MAN Up Skillshare summit scheduling – help us make it work for you

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Hello,

I’m trying to reach everyone who might consider participating in this, by posting on various media outlets. Please forgive all the duplicates! And forward as you see fit.

We – Mutual Aid Networks – are hosting a Skillshare Summit in Madison August 22-28 and think you have something important to offer.

We’ll be joined by some amazing organizers from St. Louis, Detroit, Jackson MS, Philadelphia and Allentown, San Francisco CA, Hull UK, and beyond. We’ll be sharing skills in concrete and replicable ways, learning to use MAN project-management and resource-sharing software and infrastructure to make all of our efforts much better supported materially and technically, and holding in-depth discussions about how we can continue to support each other across time and distance. Please join us!

Here is the invitation for our Mutual Aid Network Skillshare Summit.

And here’s a link to the invitation to contribute skillshares.

This last link is a very important one! Especially if you want to contribute a skillshare, or have a particular interest area you want to pursue, please fill in this very quick and simple scheduling tool.

You are more than welcome to forward those to anyone you think would be interested. Our target audience is people who have some experience with cooperative organizing efforts and very ready to take action to take things forward. People who are new to the topic are welcome, in the spirit of learning, and  supporting and participating in existing efforts.

Last but not least – if you can’t participate in person we will make many sessions available to connect with online.

I hope to hear from you soon and really hope to see you later this month!

Take care,

Stephanie
(Creative Director, Mutual Aid Networks)


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!