I’m writing to fill you in on a lot of news.
First, I’m very happy to report that I’ll be in Brussels this Friday May 13 at the home of the wonderful Anne Snick, whose work on work we reference a lot in the MAN. We’ll do workshops beginning at 10am that day to orient participants to Mutual Aid Networks, then to explore the potential for the MAN structure to help meet local goals. Kate MacDonald, steward of the Hull UK MAN pilot site, will join me in presenting.
Then I play a house concert at 8pm! I’m very excited. Anne has arranged for me to have a nice (electric, I’m presuming) piano to play, and a trumpet, and I’ll bring my looper. I’ve been practicing a lot and have recently learned a Regina Spektor song I can’t stop playing. So I think it’ll be a fantastic evening. Anne will play a little guitar and who knows what else might happen? Do you or someone you know live in or near Brussels? Then email me and I’ll pass on the invitation.
From Brussels Kate and I will go to Paris to join in a CollabCamp hosted by Daniel Harris (whom I met at the Impact Economy Summit) and a couple cohorts, then Leander Bindewald and I are presenting at the OuiShare Fest in Paris. Huzzah!
From Paris I go to California – San Francisco then Monterey then back to San Fran – for an immersion training for my new BALLE Fellowship. Exciting! Raines Cohen of East Bay Co-Housing is helping to host a MAN workshop there on the evening of May 27 and possibly the day of May 28. Please let me know if you’d like to go, and also if you’d like to host some kind of concert there on May 28.
And here’s a brief overview of what else is on tap: Early June we’ll host an action-oriented Mapping Summit in Madison, geared toward identifying existing resources and needs (including something amounting to a Robust Basic Income for people in the area we choose to cover) and then showing how creative resource sharing and exchange could provide for much much more equitable distribution. Then using that information and the tools we’re developing to actually do it.
One of our Board members, Mike Giroux, is working on a west coast tour for June also, so stay tuned if you’re out that way.
July I’ll head east again for the Traveling MAN Interdependence Day Tour – to Detroit, Lansing, New York (including the CommonBound Conference), Pennsylvania, Providence, Massachusetts, New Jersey…We’ll be doing trainings, skillshares, leadership development among pilot stewards, and public events. Let me know if you want to help and if you want your city to be a stop. I think I’m staying on the northeast side of things for this one, and doing my best to build in a little more down time than I did last tour (or I’ll die :)).
August 9-14 is the World Social Forum in Montreal, where we aim to present during a thread on the Commons that we’ve been helping (a tiny bit) to plan.
Late August we’ll host the next MAN Up Summit – this one’s a skillshare. We’ll have people show how they do their amazing projects, in a way that makes it easy for others to replicate. Everyone will learn how to use and help shape our Mutual Aid Platform (MAP) software to manage and share projects and to access and share resources.
September I’m planning to spend in the UK, doing leadership development work and helping host a MAN Up UK Summit in Hull, and also traveling to other potential pilot sites in Manchester, Totnes, and beyond.
…and there’s more but this is a solid start and I need to finish writing and get on with my weekend…
All in all it’s shaping up to be a really cool year. Hope to see you somewhere along the way.
Thanks for paying attention
p.s. If you want to see what we’ve been up to over the last year (in a more condensed form than just going back and reading all these blog posts, which could be your most in-depth orientation) check out the activity report I just did for one of our funders. I know there’s still stuff missing from it but it’s nice to see how far we’ve come!
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