Mutual Aid Network Meeting Notes 2-24-15 Social Justice Center
Stephanie Rearick DCTB - convenor - ready to test MAN idea to create an economy that works for people
possibilities include new cooperative infrastructure
Bruce Moffat -firstname.lastname@example.org - DCTB consulting , WCF -
Kelly Perlow Kathy.email@example.com - Bethlehem PA, retired from Community Exchange timebank
Petra Ressler- PetraRessler@MAC.com - VCC in Madison,
Gary Messinger- firstname.lastname@example.org - DCTB
Chris Petit- Petit.email@example.com - MANs Oak Park
Cristina Lor - firstname.lastname@example.org
James Wells- JamesJ.Wells2014@gmail.com - Dry Hootch
Melinda Draysen - Dry Hootch - peer mentoring for vets & social support & transportation
Max Puchalski- MPuchalsky@gmail.com - Midwest Story Lab - artist
Simone Doing- DoingJS@gmail.com - artist - Art & Wellness - Midwest story lab
Jon Hain- Jon@uvulittle.com - Madison Hours - & DCTB - shared savings bank ideas
Jeffrey Lewis- email@example.com - Black Male Collaborative - cooperative economy
Lorrie Hurckes - DCTC & youth court program
Jackie Austin - works at Madison Area Urban Ministry - prison issues - worked with cooperatives, concerned with state of society, interested in issues around people aging in prison
Roy Schenk- 255-4028 - Moses & MadWorC -
Elaine Glowaki - CORE – building a network, feminist co-working community, networking and capacity building
Steve Vig- firstname.lastname@example.org- - MCC - cooperative housing - 200 members who may be interested in action
Mary Girard- email@example.com - on Board of DCTB - also with CORE - interested in resurrecting a cooperative spirit among local non-profits
Luciano Matheron- Luciano@brazenvideoproductions.com - WYOU & on board of SJC
Rick Fairchild - firstname.lastname@example.org - SJC -
Barry - member of Allied Community, task force, neighborhood assoc. - email@example.com
Becky Bedsole - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Sage - email@example.com
Andrew Hansen - firstname.lastname@example.org
People are coming from all over the world to consult with local people to help setup base infrastructures.
Why? - build cooperation amoung community groups rather than competing with each other.
MAN is incorporated as a cooperative (193 coop)
better access to health services
better access to food - csa surplus or drop spot
"Art of Hosting" - system to help people navigate the "chaos"
could we shift around how people work in the building?
CSA distributive point? Freezers?
Reconsider the use of the incubator space -
Energy - conservation & solar
MAN built around SJC for Marquette Neigh. partnering with MANS in Darbo and Allied neighborhoods
Mary G: how to get consulting expertise to organizations that can't afford it. - often missions are driven or constricted by sources of funding.
Can feed the pool through dues - could make appeals to credit unions, cooperative development funds,
Also has an idea for a real, storefront co-working space like in Suite 1 -
Expanding SJC as a space for a laboratory for building new organizational models.
MCC could possibly offer space to stay for visiting consultants.
Idea is to create many entry points for people to test getting involved in any level they're comfortable with.
Focus on what people are motivated to do.
Dry Hootch - could people come in and see what they do and see what their needs are
Melinda - how can we help veterans through this model?
Max & Simone are interested in the art angle - art making, etc
Cristina - interested in linking in refugee and immigrant communities
Jeffrey - how to connect economically exploited or excluded communities - also connecting with their own history in mutual aid societies in Black community
Jon - excited about savings, freeing people from banks,
Lorrie - interested in making SJC more accessible to community
Jackie - Survival focus - starting point has to be small on individual level - "personal asset-liability map"? (budgeting) trying to write articles to introduce timebanking and MAP concepts - particularly survival of returning inmates
Steve - index of resources available
Having experts for training - for groups vs individually
Shared information on cooperative work available - job networking in "alternative" work
Mary: CORE is trying to build a grant pool to fund organizations they support -
Luciano - trying to figure out how to link in WYOU - at survival level now as an org.
WYOU has media skills and equip, but has the problem of funding their work as an org.
Connect to neighborhood organizations. - split meetings into alternating organizational meetings vs. smaller work-group meetings.
Kathy - they had a non-profit awareness event at a mall - to promote non-profit support
(SR addition to the notes)
Next Steps: Share notes and contact information with participants, schedule a meeting for a month from now.
In the interim, Rick F. will work on filling out budget template that includes timebanking and other non-monetary tools.
Stephanie R. will work with SJC Board to understand parameters and how to proceed.