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 …

Grace Hill’s MORE: Neighbors Helping Neighbors (February 2008)

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“While the professional services provided by public and nonprofit agencies are important, they are neither a sufficient nor ideal way to meet all the needs of residents in low-income communities. The reach of these agencies is limited, both by the available revenue and because they are crisis- and deficit-oriented, so that people generally delay turning to them until problems have …

Giving and Receiving in the Nonmonetary Economy: Time Banks

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“Time Banks USA sees time banking as a vehicle for social change. First, the initiative redefines the value of individuals and the work they do, with all services valued at the same rate. Second, time banking fosters reciprocity. Third, it builds social capital through relationships, trust, and support networks. Fourth, it enables a broad spectrum of people to meet. According …

The Role of Social Capital in Building Healthy Communities

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“Social capital for communities refers to establishing trust-based networks. That means not just establishing strong connections, but reinforcing the quality of those relationships among families, communities and organizations. This is that important, underlying ingredient that determines healthy families and communities. Using four cities as case studies, this report reflects the various aspects of social capital as it pertains to immigrant …

Member Organized Resource Exchange: A Guide to Replication

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In 1997, Lois Wright undertook the task of documenting the history, model and practice of a program at Grace Hill Settlement House named “Member Organized Resource Exchange (MORE)”.  While Grace Hill had been operating human service and self sufficiency programs in St. Louis since the early 20th century, MORE represented a shift towards incorporating deep residential participation into its service …

Co-production: A Manifesto for growing the core economy

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“It was then developed and deepened by Professor Edgar Cahn, the Washington civil rights lawyer, who has written the foreword NEF’s manifesto for growing the core economy. He used it to explain how important neighbourhood level support systems are – families and communities – and how they can be rebuilt. Cahn recognised that this is economic activity, but in the …