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Bayo Akomolafe & Manish Jain
Coordinator of the International Alliance for Localization (IAL) which is a project of Local Futures, an international NGO that has been working for more than three decades to support alternatives to the global consumer culture.
Historian, political economist, activist, writer. Co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, a research institution developing practical, policy-focused, and systematic paths towards ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth. He is also Co-chair for The Next System Project. Dr. Alperovitz’s numerous articles have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times and The Washington Post to The Journal of Economic Issues, Foreign Policy, Diplomatic History, and other academic and popular journals. His most recent book is America Beyond Capitalism (a new edition of which appeared in 2011). He has served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and as a special assistant in the Department of State. Earlier he was president of the Center for Community Economic Development, Codirector of The Cambridge Institute, and president of the Center for the Study of Public Policy.
Michel is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. Michel was Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (2008, 2012). Michel Bauwens is a member of the Board of the Union of International Associations (Brussels), advisor to Ouishare (Paris) and Shareable magazine (San Francisco) and ShareLex. He is also scientific advisor to the “Association Les Rencontres du Mont-Blanc, Forum International des Dirigeants de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire” (2013-) and advised the Advisory Board for the ‘Fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity’. In the first semester of 2014, Michel Bauwens was the research director of the transition project towards the social knowledge economy, an official project in Ecuador (see floksociety.org). This project produced a first integrated Commons Transition Plan for the government of Ecuador, in order to create a ‘social knowledge economy’, with fifteen associated policy papers. The strategic framing of the plan is available at http://commonstransition.org . He is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, organizing major global conferences on the commons and its economics.
John is the Senior Director of RSF Social Finance. RSF Social Finance seeks to revolutionize how people relate to money. It is a financial services organization that has formed a growing community of motivated, values-driven investors, donors and entrepreneurs. They envision a world in which money serves the highest intentions of the human spirit and contributes to an economy based on generosity and interconnectedness. They were originally inspired by the work of Rudolph Steiner.
Dr. Edgar Cahn
Distinguished legal professor and creator of timebanking. Founder and CEO of TimeBanks USA, one of the 3 largest and most successful international networks of timebanking. Former counsel and speech writer to Robert F. Kennedy. Co-founder of the Antioch School of Law (now the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia). Popular professor of changemaking among law students. Edgar has also held positions at the University of Miami School of Law, Florida International University, the London School of Economics, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. He is a Fellow of Ashoka which is an international organization implementing system-changing solutions to human and environmental problems in 93 countries.
Author, public speaker, and leading independent publisher of books on social change since 1974 including Sacred Economics. Has introduced, developed, and promoted many important alternative economic concepts including gift economy, negative-interest economics (penalties for banks and financial entities purposefully withholding financial assets from the community and world), deschooling ourselves, etc.
Author of several books on re-creating money systems to be more sustainable and prosperous for all of humanity including Rethinking Money; How New Currencies Turn Scarcity Into Prosperity. Co-founder of GaiaCorp, a top performing currency fund whose profits funded investments in environmental projects. Co-designer and implementer of the European currency system (the Euro). He is a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources of the University of California at Berkeley.
Vicki Robin co-founder of the New Road Map Foundation, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that promotes a human, sustainable future for our world. Co-author of Your Money or Your Life.
The Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno)
Culture-jamming activists. They have produced 3 films. The Yes Men (2003), The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) and The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014). The Yes Men have collaborated with other groups of similar interest, including Improv Everywhere, Andrew Boyd and Steve Lambert.
Stephanie Rearick (President)
Michael Giroux (Vice-President)
Kathy Perlow (Secretary)
Gen de Spa
Most of the operations of HUMANs are carried by four workgroups that bring volunteers, personell and experts together in regular online meetings. You can also see the workgroup meeting times on our HUMAN calendar.
Please feel free to join any one of the workgroups below:
As a lot of our sharing between local pilot sites happens virtually, across countries and continents, technology plays a big role in in. This workgroup develops, maintains and operates our tech infrastructure – particularely the MutualAid Platform “MAP”.
This workgroup meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10-11am CDT
Marketing, wording, outreach, copy-editing, website and education materials… those and much more are the outputs of this workgroup.
This workgroup meets every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 2-3pm CDT.
Since our poshterity approach does not work without conventional money, this workgroup take care of funding bids, business planning, crowdfunging etc.
This workgroup meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 11-12am CDT.
Governance structures, by-laws, procedures, and the nuts and bolts of how HUMANs work… learning from local MAN pilot sites and sharing our collective knowledge back with them.
This group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2-3pm CDT.