The Collaborative Economy Goes To Chi Hack Night

The Kola Nut Collaborative has launched a working group within Chi Hack Night for the purpose of providing an opportunity for participants to learn about the mission, process, and platform of our timebank. Chi Hack Night is a dynamic civic and social hacking space where tools for improving social engagement are designed, discussed, and developed by accomplished coders and non-coders alike.
With the launch of this space, the Kola Nut Collaborative hopes to carve out and cultivate room in existing sectors of Chicago’s social commons where new tools may be deployed in service of the commons. The Kola Nut Collaborative timebank is one such tool for developing an egalitarian social currency which can provide additional infrastructure for incentivizing engagement in projects which expand community in new and enriching ways.
More details about Chi Hack Night and our working group may be found below.
Breakout Group
Slack Channel
The Chi Hack Night is a free, weekly event in Chicago to build, share and learn about civic tech and tools to create, support, or serve public good.
Join us every Tuesday from 6-10pm on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart to hear from interesting speakers, learn from each other and work on civic projects. Non-techies are very welcome!
What happens at a hack night?
Every week, we have a 10-15 minute presentation by a government agency, non-profit, company or group who’ve made use of open data or built a civic technology application. The goal of these presentations is to showcase the different uses and opportunities, as well as challenges and successes in the civic technology movement.
After the presentation, the format of the event is similar to that of a hackathon where breakout groups self-organize to work on civic apps, discuss policies and their implications, learn technical skills and network with a welcoming and diverse community at the intersection of technology and government.
But I’m not a techie!
That’s ok! We encourage non-technical folks to pair up and learnfrom our community’s designers and developers. We’ve seen time and time again, he best civic projects come from teams with a diverse background.
Remember, there’s much more to making a great app than just coding.
House Rules
There is food! You are also welcome to take up to 2 non-alcoholic drinks from the ‘everyone’ refrigerator (not the food in the fridge, please).

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#chihacknight hashtag.

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Are you interested in co-hosting? Talk to Christopher/Derek!

Please keep announcements, job postings, breakout pitches less than 30 seconds

Braintree space: The rooms in Blue, we are welcome to use. Everything else is off limits please! Please do not disable or disconnect anything in the Braintree rooms. If you need help, ask one of the Braintree staff. Don’t touch what’s not yours – “Scooters, Monitor Plugs, the little floating cloud lights”

Hosted by Chi Hack Night in Merchandise Mart
Every Tuesday

6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

The Time Salon: Trading On Informal and Experimental Economies

What is timebanking? What are the historical roots of time exchange? How can timebanking be employed as a strategy to strengthen ties within communities? How is timebanking related to other cooperative and collaborative economic practices? How can timebanking embed within existing informal neighborhood economies?

In this Time Salon, Michael Tekhen Strode will share some historical background on time exchange, bartering and other early economic practices, relate these practices to the modern resugence of timebanking, weave timebanking into the history of mutual aid organizations and provide participants with the opportunity to “feel” how strong our safety net becomes when we connect its individual strands.

The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

Hosted by #LetUsBreathe Collective
1434 W. 51st Street (Breathing Room)
April 22nd, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Currency of Social Structure

Please join F4F, Sunday April 29, 2018 from 4 – 7pm for “The Currency of Social Structure,” with The Kola Nut Collabrative!

“The Currency of Social Structure” seeks to transform selected spaces into social marketplaces where the human assets populating the space become critical to increasing social value within the space. In this session, we reflect on our social economy and broaden perspectives of where currency is created or exchanged.

Spatial prompts will engage participants in a thoughtful exchange of skills, services, and talents. This exploration of an intangible human capital asks participants to imagine a world without money and all of the opportunities we have to bring some aspects of that world into fruition wherever we are.

“The Currency of Social Structure” is part of our ongoing Time Salon series of communal engagements. The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

*Please know that all ticketing is donation based and goes toward the continuation of F4F and the work of presented facilitators.

About The Kola Nut Collabrative:
The Kola Nut Collaborative (KNC) is a mutual support network of people engaged in reciprocal exchange of services, skills, and goods through a timebank where the currency is an hour of time for everyone. Through membership in the Kola Nut Collaborative people: create and strengthen community bonds, create economic freedom by providing an alternative means to get needs and desires met, and encourage creativity in redefining self-sufficiency, interdependence and valuation of time. The Kola Nut Collaborative introduces a paradigm where members reflect on the available resources in their lives moving from a perception of scarcity and lack to abundance and wholeness.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no ID or minimum age requirements.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We are one block from the California Pink Line Station and the 94 and 21 buses. All car parking is by permit only on our block.

What can I bring to the event?

Please bring clothes you are comfortable to move in and the energy to talk and move with a group of people.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact us at:

Hosted by F4F
2486 W. 21st Street
April 29, 2018
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Solidarity Economy 101

Worker Owned Cooperatives. Community Land Trusts. Mutual Aid Associations. Community Currencies. Timebanking.

What is the common thread running between all of these structures? Solidarity is a cohesion developed in the course of common struggle. A solidarity economy is how we build a parallel economic infrastructure in the present which aligns with our vision of a more free, democratic, and humane society that serves people in ways extractive capitalism can not and will not.

Join us for this launch of our Solidarity Economy 101 series where we will explore ideas for transforming your neighborhoods and workplaces.

On hand, we will have a fair mix of cider and beer to fuel the subversive yearnings of the discontented masses.

Hosted by DSA and In These Times
2040 N. Milwaukee Avenue
May 4, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm