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Mutual Aid Network 3

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Chris Petit

on 4 January 2017

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What would you do to improve your community if you could?
What if money were no object?
What’s stopping you?
Mutual Aid Networks:
Do-it-Ourselves Economic Justice and Community Resilience
Provides a mechanism for people to share material resources
Allows people to have access to resources together that may otherwise be unavailable to them individually
Examples would be tool libraries, makerspaces, shared equipment, and supplies
Assistance mobilizing, stewarding, and allocating the resources for initiatives in the community
Assistance designing, developing, and carrying out projects
Assistance with decision-making and governance structure
Mutual credit denominated in national currency
Taxable for businesses, goods, and professional services
Mission: To create means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do,
with the support of their community.

How do I want to spend my time?
• Assistance exploring, designing, and utilizing the variety of compensation options available to replace monetary needs
Main MAN: Network of resources, knowledge sharing, and exchange among mutual aid networks and their supporters. Incorporated as a geographically-borderless cooperative and comprising organizations and individuals as members, with clear rights and responsibilities. Capitalizes on shared momentum and creates avenues for mutual support, learning, and technical assistance.
Becomes a member as an individual or as part of a local Mutual Aid Network
Pays a sliding scale membership fee
Provides a mechanism for people to invest in a shared resource pool
Allows people to have a say over what projects get funded in their community
Enables people to access seed capital when starting new initiative
Enables people to have a safety net if an unexpected occurrence arises
Enables for administration of the MAN to be self-sustaining
How do you want to spend your time?

Assistance designing a work life that includes a variety of types of work: art, learning, professional services, community contribution, etc.
25 hours using professional skills
10 hours of producing art
5 hours assisting the community.
How do I fund my life?
Gets $1000 worth of supplies for business extended through mutual credit network
Pays $1000 back to the network in goods and services
MAN membership fees
Savings in community fund
Slow investment
Can utilize commercial kitchen to produce food items for sale
Can access tools, baby clothes, and other shared resources as needed
Technical, legal, and financial assistance to develop and implement projects and/or work with a community toward common goals
Invests $500 in community pool
Gets to be involved in the decision-making process to determine how funds are used
Time for the World
Mutual Aid Networks
Trade time for art instruction, childcare, and other services
Earn time for providing services in the network
Energy audit from TimeBank: behavioral changes
Energy conservation improvements funded by loan or grant from community fund
Energy reduction from joining solar coop
MAN Core Principles
Stephanie Rearick
Chris Petit

For more info, visit

MAN Up Summit:
August 20-28

How do I utilize all of these tools?
How do spend your time now?

40 hours/week in the office
Tim Dalton, West Milford, New Jersey
Michael Giroux, Providence, Rhode Island
Carin Handsun, Reddick, Florida
Scott Morris, Ithaca, New York
Scott Murto, Lansing, Michigan
Chinyere Oteh, St. Louis, Missouri
Kathy Perlow, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Chris Petit, Oak Park, Illinois
Stephanie Rearick, Madison, Wisconsin
Matthew Slater, Everywhere
Helen Weaver, Waterville, Kansas
Working Board
1) Redesigning Work.
MANs recognize that everyone possesses passions and skills which they can contribute to their communities and the larger MAN network and will work to find the highest uses to which those qualities and abilities can be put.
2) Reciprocity.
Helping works better as a two-way street. "How can I help you?" becomes "How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?"
3) Respect.
Every human being matters. Respect is a foundation for freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and supplies the heart and soul of democracy.
4) Voluntary and Open Membership.
MANs are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, sexual, racial, political or religious discrimination.
5) Democratic Member Control.
MANs are democratic organizations with transparent governance structures controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Persons serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership.
6) Member Economic Participation.
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their MANs. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the MAN. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their MAN co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their contributions within their co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
WI Mutual Aid Network Cooperative
DBA The Main MAN
193 Cooperative
MAN Core Principles (continued)
7) Autonomy and Independence.
MANs are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
8) Education, Training, and Information.
MANs provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and workers so they can contribute effectively to the development of their MAN. The main MAN will inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
9) Mutual Aid Among MANs.
MANs serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by partnering with other MANs and organizations that have aligning principles.
10) Tracking and Performance Measures.
In order to track their progress in meeting the goals of the MAN Core Principles, MANs will strive to measure and map their socioeconomic resources and needs, internalizing their “external” costs and benefits to the greatest extent possible.
11) Tools and Processes.
MANs will work to utilize expanded definitions and metrics of capital, wealth, debt, growth, and profit to enable the full range of non-monetary elements of their economies to be understood and characterized using the best available tools, technologies, and techniques.
12) Building Community Sustainability.
MANs will help build local, bioregional, and global economic systems based on material steady-state operating principles that recognize biophysical limits to growth, with the goal of achieving long-term sustainability - - not just seven, but seventy generations into the future.
Bayo Akomolafe – International Alliance for Localization
The Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) – Culture-jamming activists
Michel Bauwens - P2P Foundation
John Bloom – Senior Director of RSF Social Finance
Dr. Edgar Cahn – Founder and CEO of TimeBanks USA
Charles Eisenstein – Author of four books (notably
Sacred Economics
Deborah Frieze – Managing Partner of the Boston Impact Initiative/ Co-Author of
Walk Out, Walk On
with Meg Wheatley
Manish Jain – International Alliance for Localization
Bernard Lietaer - International expert in the design and implementation of currency systems
Vicki Robin – Simple living advocate/ author of two books (Notably: Co-Author of
Your Money or Your Life : Transforming Your Relationship with Money
Achieving Financial Independence
with Joe Dominguez)
Advisory Board
You have a community improvement initiative for which you would like to formalize further and/or develop additional tools
Your initiative's decision-making body has approved participation
You see a way that participation could be mutually beneficial
You or someone/s you work closely with would like to take responsibility for stewardship, ideally with a three-year commitment
You are willing and able to secure additional resources to support your local project

How to become a potential Mutual Aid Network pilot site
Communications - web presence (location and content), work on online summit, crowdfunding media (Lead: John Quinlan)
Financial - work out initial savings/investment pool strategy, MAN resource development (Lead: Chris Petit)
Funders - redesigning funding models (Lead: Bruce Moffat)
Legal - MainMAN cooperative, finalize bylaws, create member policies (Lead: Stephanie Rearick)
Social - decision-making, governance, cooperation, staffing, creating template agreements (Lead: Scott Murto)
Technical - Wezer and MainMAN open-source web and software development (Lead: Scott Morris)
Working Groups
Long Beach, CA
Ocala, FL
Chicago, IL
Waterville, KS
Augusta, ME
Lansing, MI
Detroit, MI
St. Louis, MO
Ithaca, NY
Allentown, PA
Providence, RI
Madison, WI
Skövde, Sweden
Paris, France
Hull, United Kingdom

Potential MAN Pilot Sites
• Method for people to exchange services using time as a currency instead of money
• Everyone’s time is valued equally no matter the task
• Enables services and skills that are not valued by the market economy to be valued
• Allows everyone to contribute to the community
Outflows (agreement-specific)
No-interest loan for health care deductible
No-interest loan to start or grow a business
Member rebates based on patronage points for developing projects, assisting in projects, and local project outcomes
Project grants based on
group-established criteria
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