Kola Community Solutions Timebanking & Social Capital Toolkit

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During the past three years of research and public engagement, there have been several tools which have proven useful in helping me grapple with the practicality and possibility of timebanking. Our key offering, The Time Salon, was born of a desire to create a space where communities could engage in conversations about how they might best see a time-based skills …

Community Councils Working Group Assembly Toolkit

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During the summer of 2018, a small contingent of organizers within Chicago DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) developed a Working Group committed to the task of incubating and facilitating neighborhood level democratic assemblies with the goal of empowering the voices of local residents and citizens in the total governance of their communities. Unlike the institutions offered in our representative democracy, …

Kola Community Solutions Land & Housing Toolkit

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During a Summit for Solutions hosted on Chicago’s West Side, Kola Community Solutions was tapped to research and present to community leaders a cooperative housing strategy to address the displacement and diminished affordability impacting many of their area residents. While our primary focus was consolidating key research points into a visually appealing, general purpose pitch deck, this project presented an …