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

 

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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

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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


Help out now please!

Madison_MAN-mapWe now break from our regularly-scheduled tour report to bring you the following news.

We’re hosting a MAN Mapping Summit here in Madison Wisconsin, starting this Sunday June 5. This summit will result in some powerful tools we intend to put into service in any community that wants them, including yours.

And we need your help to pull it off! As usual, we’re doing this on a shoestring and everyone is being extremely generous with their time. But transportation and food still cost money, so I’m asking you to help toward our extremely modest $3500 budget. You can give through this paypal link.

And here’s a flyer about the summit itself. Some sessions available online, more info to come soon…

Meanwhile please help us make it great, by giving some money now.

Thanks! now back to work…

 


MAN 2016 Tour #2 Report – Brussels

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It’s been a very intense, jam-packed 3 weeks. Starting with an overnight flight to Paris, an immediate train trip to Brussels for a 2-day stint there with a full day of MAN workshops followed by an evening house concert, back to Paris for CollabCamp then OuiShare Fest, then to Asilomar CA for my BALLE Fellowship immersion, then Oakland for a Community Connect event where I presented MANs, then Berkeley for a full day of MAN workshops followed by a little house concert at Berkeley Co-Housing.

I’ll start here with a report on Brussels, then will do separate ones on the Paris and California jaunts.

Brussels! I was met at the train by the wonderful Anne Snick, who worked with Flora to study and write about women’s work around the world. We use her work a lot as a frame of reference for MANs.

She and Hugo Wanner of FairFin were wonderful hosts, both at home and at FairFin where I gave a day-long workshop on Mutual Aid Networks. And I was very happy that Kate MacDonald, our MAN pilot steward and timebanking organizer extraordinaire from Hull UK, was able to join us.

Because of the time zone difference I’d had to lead a web learning session that first night at 1am, so it was quite a feat to get up and spend the day leading the Brussels session at FairFin, but the great group energized me.

IMG_7939The first half of the day was an overview of Mutual Aid Networks, where I showed our little video and a basic slide show then we discussed various components in depth. This was a very knowledgeable crowd so we were able to go into some depth about the various tools and applications. As usual, I focused a lot on timebanking because that’s what I know and I believe it can form one of the more solid bases from which to build any other community economic tools.

The second half of the day we did some visioning about desired local applications. This was a fascinating exercise, and one that I think will become fruitful over time. The most IMG_7945fascinating part for me is that, while everyone was so knowledgeable and had such a firm grasp on the concepts of timebanking and other community organizing tools, they had a strong tendency to remain in the framework of the current economy of volunteerism and professionalism. Helping people break out of this mindset might be one of the more rewarding things I get to do in this context, and we ended up some really good insights and next steps.

IMG_7947I’ll give an example. One of the problems that the group was imagining a way to solve was ‘public urination.’ As we conducted the exercise, which involves discussing who needs to be engaged in order to solve the problem, it took quite awhile and some prompting to get IMG_7949people to identify that, if we are to solve the problem of public urination, we need to engage the people who are urinating in public. It also took awhile to identify that we could offer people timebank hours to do the work we were looking for Another goal was to engage refugees in the community, and we had identified a strategy of pairing refugees with locals to go door-to-door to invite people into our project. When I asked how we could compensate them for their work, people went immediately to recognition, then direct service, such as offering language lessons. It took some reminding that we could use the tools we’d discussed in the morning, especially timebanking, to remunerate people in a way that gives them more agency and options in the kinds of services they receive in return. But it was very worthwhile, and I think the fact that these options were missed at first may have made them stick more strongly once they surfaced.

And by the way, it’s very nice to be in a group of people who wish to welcome refugees into their community. This was a recurring them during my time in Europe and I really appreciate it. Not to ‘tolerate’ or even ‘accommodate’ but “WELCOME”. Everyone deserves a good welcome when coming to a new place, especially if they’ve been driven from their home by traumatic events. More especially when our countries’ involvement (including perpetrating the factors leading to climate change and war) has helped to cause that trauma.

But I digress…

Later that evening I played a house concert at Anne’s lovely home. Her son and his friends graciously provided the instruments and sound engineering, and her friends filled the space with warmth. It was a lovely way to end the day. People often express surprise that I have the energy to play a concert after a long day of workshops, but I find it to be the perfect counter-balance. If I were at home doing nothing else I’d most likely be choosing to play my piano. So it’s great to have the opportunity to share that with others who want to listen.

OK, on to the next report and also the the airport gate where I’ll catch the next leg of my way-too-long-with-too-many-connections-and-layovers flight home. (Which reminds me, I’ll soon post a fundraising plea and I’d really love to get enough monetary support, while we continue to build our capacity to exchange things like frequent flyer miles, to stop nickel-and-diming myself to death by going the cheap but difficult route… part of the point of MANs imho)

as always, thanks for paying attention


San Francisco workshops next weekend!

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I have a lot of reporting to do from my trip to Brussels and Paris. But right now I’m in beautiful Asilomar CA getting oriented to my new BALLE Fellowship (it’s going to be amazing!!! Or, it already is amazing) so I’ll write later.

Meanwhile, though, I want to let you know about two Bay Area events coming up at the end of this fellowship immersion.

Community: Connect! is a three hour mini-conference that offers maximum opportunities for social change agents to encourage, equip, engage and energize each other in order to do the excellent work they joyfully aspire to do in order to make a better world. One of the workshop leaders is Stephanie Rearick who will be sharing about Time Banking and Collaborative Economies.   She is a Local Economy fellow and is part of a group of individuals who represent some of the most innovative local economic and community development solutions in US and Canada. Friday, May 27, 6-9PM, Omni Commons, Oakland. More about the event can be found at http://www.communify.in/oakland

Creating Collaborative Economies Workshop:  Stephanie Rearick, founder of the Dane County Time Bank and founder/creative director of Mutual Aid Networks, will go more in depth about how to create Time Banks, and how to combine technology and people power in order to empower activists and everyone to transform the way they interact with money and each other so that people can use their talents and resources to enrich their local communities effectively. Attendees can get feedback on their specific projects including the Bay Area Community Exchange. Saturday, May 28, 9:15AM-3PM,  Long Haul Info Shop, Berkeley.

-organized by Patricia Mikkelson
Professional Organizer and Simplified Living Coach
http://www.simplifiedlivingcoach.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/simplifiedlivingnow”

And I’ll play a little house concert that Saturday afternoon, at East Bay Co-Housing. Kind of invitation-only but let me know if you want an invitation.

More soon, to update you on European travels, BALLE, and lots of upcoming events.