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, …

The Ujamaa Hour: Mid-Year Recap on Developing Solidarity Economy Initiatives in Black Communities

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Thus far in 2019, we have hosted conversations with Danielle Mkali of Nexus Community Partners, Me’lea Connelly of Village Financial Cooperative, LaTierra Piphus of Womanist Working Collective, Dara Cooper of National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Jamila Medley of Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, and Deon Lucas of E.G. Woode. This follows on the heels of launching near the close of …

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 …

The Ujamaa Hour: Four Episode Pilot Webcast on Developing Solidarity Economy Initiatives in Black Communities

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In the fall of 2018, the Kola Nut Collaborative partnered with BRIJ Embassy for Black America in order to develop a commentary and interview segment broadcast within the online community, BEBA, which would deepen member awareness of several cooperative economic strategies employed within Black communities in historical and contemporary times. Below are the five initial segments produced during this partnership. Four …

Cooperation For Liberation Study & Working Group Forum Toolkit

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Having completed shared readings of “Collective Courage” and “Jackson Rising”, we are breaking from the Study Group to develop projects which have been proposed by the Working Group including a forum, zine, gallery, and web series. Over the course of 12 weeks, a core group of participants have endeavored to make deep study and exchange thoughts about Dr. Jessica Gordon …

People Powered Money: Designing, Developing & Delivering Community Currencies

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“In regionally diverse and digitally advanced economies – whether local, national or sectoral – there is no one-size-fits-all money. What is more, though money evolves along with social and technological changes, it must not be forgotten that people ultimately control its path. In towns, regions and online networks people have quietly been creating their own currencies for decades: testament to …

The New Wealth of Time: How Timebanking Helps People Build Better Public Services

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“Our public services remain largely focused on addressing needs once they have emerged. In essence, over the last 10 years due to increased funding in public service we have improved our capacity to ‘pull people out of the river’. This money has improved the lives of many people, but as financial resources are squeezed it becomes vital that we stop …

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 …