Local Culture, Economy and Knowledge – Brown Bag Conversation Friday November 14

International Alliance for Localization – Strengthening Local Culture, Economy, and Knowledge 

Join us for a conversation with Bayo Akomolafe  and Manish Jain – two of the founders of the International Alliance for Localization: a new forum for global collaboration to support place-based solutions on a planetary scale. The IAL is a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to exploring new approaches to today’s ecological, social, and economic crises – approaches that respect and protect cultural and ecological diversity while expanding international dialogue and exchange. 

This short film provides a framework: Localization for People and the Earth.

Share ideas and local efforts for building community across the city, region, nation and connect globally.  Meet Stephanie Rearick and Chris Petit ofThe Mutual Aid Network:cooperative designed to pool and steward value and reward good work with cooperative economic tools such as timebanking, business-to-business mutual credit, and cooperative saving, lending, and investment.

Bring your lunch, your experiences, your ideas and your questions for a provocative and inspiring conversation!

When

Friday November 14, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST

Where

Elevate Energy
322 S. Green St., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60607

The Transformative Power of Art, Sunday October 19th

Are you an artist, musician, arts producer/administrator into economies of creativity and relationship?  Then this event is for you!!
Sunday, October 19
Noon-3:30pm
6018 North Kenmore, Chicago
Free! Like your mind:)
Please RSVP here, space is limited.
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What is transformation? Is it changing the world or changing how we view the world?

This event pairs artists offering three unique transformational experiences. Timed during Chicago Artists Month, since many of CAM events involve artists giving to others, this event is for artists to nurture themselves. While artists are often called on to create group or societal transformations, this event offers unique ways of experiencing transformation together. 

Lara Oppenheimer and Maureen Walrath offer a gift circle, a simple way to explore economies of relationship and creativity.  Everyone offers a need (with no expectation of having it fulfilled) as well as a gift (with no expectation of having it received).  Connections are made, needs are met, gifts find a place to flourish!

Alice Berry, psychotherapist and artist offers Frames and Perceptions. If art is an agreement between an artist and an observer, group therapy is a similar pact between participants to experience together. This shared moment — an hour long client-centered therapeutic session for the group — explores the connections between perception and therapy; and art and experience.

Caro d’Offay and Laura Gilmore offer Lumetypes of your hand. Each person is invited to use their hands to illuminate photo-paper, which is then developed using photographic chemicals. Unlike photography, the phosphorescent paint reveals the wave/particle duality of light, scattering and revealing depths. This individual Lumetype of your hand potentially reveals how light works dualistically, but how the world may also be working and revealing itself — both logically and creatively — at this moment in your hand. 

CTX Event: Film Screening “Fixing the Future” Friday, September 12

Interested in ways people are redefining economy?

Come watch an inspiring documentary, meet like-minded folks and learn some ways to get involved on a local level!

When: Friday, Sept 12, 6-8:30pm

Where: ICA GreenRise, 4750 N. Sheridan

Free of charge, but registration required

Register at: www.ica-usa.org

In Fixing the Future, David Brancaccio, of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS, visits people and organizations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. The film highlights effective, local practices such as local business alliances, community banking, time banking/hour exchange, worker cooperatives and local currencies. 

The film will be followed by a short reflection, and representatives from the Chicago Time Exchange, Mutual Aid Network and Eco-Andersonville will share information on ways you can get involved in alternative economies in Chicago. This event will mark the first ‘hub’ activity for the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network :)

Community Glue Workshop this Sunday, August 17th

Experience the creative community economy in action!  

Have fun and get your broken stuff fixed at the

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FREE REPAIR CLINIC!

This Sunday, August 17th, 4-7pm

EDGEWATER WORKBENCH

1130 W. Thorndale Ave.

The Community Glue folks say “Revive your well-worn possessions and meet our growing community of fixers! We’ve got handy volunteers and tools available, so bring an item in disrepair and a can-do attitude, and we’ll do our best to breathe new life into your old items and keep them out of the landfill.

Things we have successfully repaired in the past:
- clothes
- simple jewelry fixes
- bikes
- kitchen appliances
- furniture
- bike accessories
- guitars
- toys (water guns, trucks, figurines)
- knick-knacks

We are always up for a challenge! We’ve got the hive mind on our side! 

This event is free, all-ages and BYOB! Come see what we’re all about! All are welcome to observe, fix, or get fixed! For more information, check outcommunityglueworkshop.org.”

It’s lots of fun.  I’ll be there with a broken chipper shredder and a broken glass beverage dispenser:)  Come on out and join the fixin’ fun!

If you can’t make this one, the next Community Glue Workshop will be Sunday, September 14, 4-7pm.

Two Juicy Exhibits about Play and Work.

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Jami and I met with Heather Radke at the Hull-House Museum today.  Heather curated the exhibit Unfinished Business: The Right to Play exploring “the history of the social movements that created the first playgrounds, fought for an eight-hour workday and suggested that time off from work could create a more just society.”  Um YEAH?!!  There is also a piece on time banking (created with the help of one of the CTX members, Seneca) and Heather is inviting us & the CTX to collaborate on an event this fall.  Go check this OUT!  Look, there is a swing! And hopscotch!  And even more awesomeness all over that museum.  Seriously.

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Since we were in the area, Jami and I headed over to Gallery 400 to check out Nice Work if You Can Get It curated by Lorelei Stewart. “Exploring the legacies of industry, immaterial labor, service work, invisible labor and more, the artists featured in the exhibition articulate a variety of responses to the relationships between labor, economy, and politics.”  The poster behind Jami is an interview with a woman in the fashion industry, part of Our Fashion Year, by The Ladydrawers.  Both Jami and I remarked on the idea of “emotional labor” – needing to make customers feel good in their clothes.  In the other picture, we are standing in front of Mary Lum’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor. Those pieces of white and brown paper are fragments of paper bags with the name of the person who oversaw their production at the factory.  This show is only up through August 9th – and it’s juicy. With teeth.  Check it out if you can.

 

 

From Sharing Economy To Gift Ecology

Check out this great analysis of the difference between sharing economies and gift economies from Nipun Mehta, the founder of Service Space.

Here’s the link: From Sharing Economy To Gift Ecology | ServiceSpace.org.

I LOVE that he points to gift economy being more of a gift ECOLOGY.  He says, ” Economy reduces value into a few focused dimensions, whereas ecology implies a more intricate interplay of relationships that generate diversified — sometimes immeasurable — value. When we give freely, we naturally build affinities with recipients and over time, create deep ties that form the basis of a gift ecology and a resilient society.”

What are your thoughts on sharing vs gifting?

 

 

Arts, Community & Economy – upcoming abundance of events!

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Saturday, May 31Chicago Dream House: a housing rights event responding to the foreclosure crisis in Albany Park and Chicago.  With the community, Chicago Dream House will paint a symbolic house, while presentations by local organizations happen in the central area.  Skill shares abound: urban gardening, guitar lessons, bike repair, furniture repair, book-binding & making, painting and drawing lessons, yoga, qi gong and more!! CTX is tabling!  Potluck to follow.

Saturday, May 31opening for Joshua Kent’s residency “On the Impossibility of a Singular Hand.”  The show runs Mon June 2- Sun Jun 8.  Joshua will live in the gallery and attempt to grow a seed in the palm of his hand. Roman Susan will be open 24-hours a day for the week, and each evening features a response from fellow artists: performances, skill shares, gift circle. See the event schedule here.

Sunday, June 1stFreedom Flow Fest: community event centered around the alternative currency of abundance, co-presented with CTX and Shareable. This out & indoor event explores the possibilities of cooperation; offering participants tangible, FREE gifts and services:
•Movement Classes
•Creative Arts
• DIY Food & Gardening Demos
• Wellness & Healing

Saturday, June 7The Chicago Free Store: Bring what you want to give away and/or take what you like!  It’s all FREE!

Saturday June 7 – opening for the The Swing and the Wall.  This event will run 4 Sundays in June from noon-9pm, reclaiming “creative idleness, pleasurable learning and meaningful exchange, inviting neighbors, friends, artists, children, parents and activists to participate, in both a programmed and drop-in way.”

HOT DAMN!!!  Chicago’s got it going ON!