What would it look like if everyone were doing the work they loved, what they felt called to do? What if everyone had the opportunity to build their skills to their maximum capabilities and then apply them to making their communities whole and beautiful?
Let’s find out!
People around the world have been experimenting with timebanking, cooperative saving and investment, complementary currencies, cooperative ownership, and other forms of mutual credit. Each fills a different, complementary role in economic and community life. We’ve found ways we can connect them in a comprehensive system that can lead to a much-needed overhaul in how our economy works. We are redesigning work by redesigning our own work lives and the work lives of the people in our networks. Together we are creating avenues to commission work from each other, compensated in a variety of ways to meet real needs and build real communities.
This new form of cooperative is called Mutual Aid Networks (MANs) and we’re just beginning. We’ve created the first MAN, the Main MAN, which will use the tools we’re experimenting with to support the efforts of the other communities across the nation that are experimenting with local MANs.
The mission of MANs is “To create means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community.”
People make a Mutual Aid Network cooperative for any purpose - could be to feed everyone on the block, could be a global travel/culture exchange, regional watershed restoration, group of friends wanting a work redesign, whatever - and we help each other make and use both the sharing and exchange tools and the social/legal processes for collectively stewarding projects and resources.
The individual MANs and their supporters are (voluntarily) connected in one big coop, called the Main MAN, that’s incorporated in Wisconsin and opened for membership in June 2015.
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Mutual Aid Network Project Coordinator Stephanie Rearick describes the eight "gears" that serve to define the different aspects of the group's work in this interview with John Quinlan. See also www.mutualaidnetwork.org
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.
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.
ON this page you will see the general introduction to the Summit.
Here below you can see links to the various Sessions it created.
On each page you will find:
1) the recording of the session
2) the presentation slides
3) and the direct link to the dialogue thread in the MAN Facebook group, where you can jump in and interact: read other's feedback and add your own, ask any questions, etc.