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

Empathic Economies: A Black Lives Matter Listening Session

The Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma is a 17 minute guided meditation using mindfulness, affirmation, and metta (loving-kindness) developed by Dr. Candice Nicole as her contribution to the Movement for Black Lives. In her practice, she employs guided meditation as “one way to assist in calming a heightened state of distress, affirming one’s value and humanity, and recentering with love for Black people.”

During this listening session, participants of the Time Salon will share space while engaging the guided meditation in order to disrupt a history devaluing and marginalizing Black life as preparation for developing new measures and mechanisms of exchange which value life, community, ecology, consensus, creativity, and emergence.

http://drcandicenicole.com/2016/07/black-lives-matter-meditation/


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 Power Project, Art Leaders of Color Network, and Comfort Station
2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue
June 3, 2018 (Sunday)
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Gift Economies of Scale: Readings and Reflections on “The Gift”

In “The Gift”, Lewis Hyde mines the history gift, social, and tribal economies as a method for understanding how the artistic creation is not a quantifiable commodity. “The Gift” provides us with a way to understand indigenous economic frameworks and the elements that remain in our modern informal and social economies.

In this Time Salon, select passages from “The Gift” will be employed a springboard for discussion on ways that we can disrupt our existing practice and understanding of economics in favor of more just and holistic methods of exchange.

Lewis Hyde & The Tyranny of the Gift


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 Power Project, Art Leaders of Color Network, and Comfort Station
2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue
June 4, 2018 (Monday)
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Collaborative Economies: Screening Katie Teague’s “Money & Life”

“Money & Life” is a film about transforming our relationship with money by mining the recent history of economic crises for lessons on what it can tell us about human behavior and how the design of money incentivizes many of our most destructive impulses. In “Money & Life”, Katie Teague employs expert interviews, testimonies, and dynamic animation in order to craft a new narrative of money which requires humanity to adjust our interaction with the environment and shift our understanding of prosperity in order to build more beautiful possible futures.

https://moneyandlifemovie.com/


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 Power Project, Art Leaders of Color Network, and Comfort Station
2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue
June 3, 2018 (Thursday)
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Resistance To Resilience: On Puerto Rico’s Mutual Aid Centers

In 2017, Puerto Rico was struck a tremendous blow when Hurricane Maria made landfall devastating the physical infrastructure of a country already reeling from a financial crisis. In the wake of these combined crises, they were subject to the residual impact of the phenomenon Naomi Klein describes as “disaster capitalism”. Following several incomplete response efforts by local government, US public and private sector agencies, residents took matters into their own hands with the formation of several Centros de Apoyo Mutuos (Mutual Aid Centers). These centers have charged themselves with meeting the basic needs of local communities, providing visible supportive infrastructure, and coordinating assistance from international partners.

Jenna Anast is an actor, performing artist, comedian, social+emotional educator, & righteous individual whose place on the planet is to empower & inspire. She is a founding member of the #LetUsBreathe Collective and a part of Chicago Boricua Resistance. Chicago Boricua Resistance recently deployed a Solidarity Brigade to Puerto Rico in order to aid in disaster relief efforts. Jenna will join this program in order to help us distill lessons from the Mutual Aid Centers developing throughout Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s DIY Disaster Relief


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 Power Project, Art Leaders of Color Network, and Comfort Station
2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue
June 10, 2018 (Sunday)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Our Social Economies: Community Peace Circle on Value and Values

While peace circles have recently been used as a locus of restorative justice practice, they are an expansive space where all manner of values can be interrogated and revised through shared dialogue. In the talking circle, communities have a safe space where circle practice and conversation are used to cultivate relationships grounded in shared values. During this circle, we will unpack the nature of value itself and what relationship this bears on the values we bring to our communities. Join us with the questions you have been asking within your own life or use the questions others are asking to investigate your own beliefs.

Community Circles


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 Power Project, Art Leaders of Color Network, and Comfort Station
2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue
June 11, 2018 (Monday)
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Mapping Experimental Economies: A Brief History of Big Ideas, Excess Capacities, and Unmet Needs

Chicago has historically been home to several experimental economies. The Kola Nut Collaborative has launched an independent research effort to document and develop a shared historical narrative which displays the relationship of these efforts to the present revival of timebanking in Chicago. In the view of the Collaborative, each neighborhood is composed of several informal and social economies which would fit within this framework.

During this Time Salon, we will share some of the narratives drawn from this research. Participants will discuss their own connection to these experimental economies and use this insight as a way to map our current aspirations. We will also determine what assets we already possess within or around us and what assets have not been identified.This mapping process should bring us closer to making our ideas a reality.


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 Power Project, Art Leaders of Color Network, and Comfort Station
2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue
June 14, 2018 (Thursday)
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

The Currency of Social Structure: A No-Money Marketplace

“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 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 Power Project, Art Leaders of Color Network, and Comfort Station
2579 N. Milwaukee Avenue
June 17, 2018 (Sunday)
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm