Event Documentation

Notes from Cooperation 2015

Welcome and Introduction

    1. ICA overview – We would like to thank your host, ICA. ICA overview statement from Terry Bergdall CEO
    2. Logistics and Structure
    3. Introduction of Michel Bauwens and the P2P Foundation

Spectogram (where are you on several continuums?)

    1. So I live with peers in a structured way <–> I live alone
    2. working in peer to peer environments <–> working alone or in typical hierarchy. Maybe in the middle is a small organization or a co-working environment.
    3. Transactions. Point A if many of my transactions are sharing/barter/peer exchange <–> and our Point B if you buy or create what you need.


Unpanel (Fishbowl)
What are you excited about that you are working on and thinking about right now?

    1. Michel Bauwens
      1. Open Value Accounting – acknowledging the value of contributions – peer reviewed
      2. Mutual Aid Networks
      3. Making visible what is already happening and building on that
      4. Fair Coop
        1. open contribution to the community and worker share
      5. Care of the Commons
        1. Commons – shared resource, co-managed/governance structure to care for the commons
      6. Open Communities
    2. Ben Galewski
      1. Governance – leadership is scarce, financial resources are not. We need people with intention
      2. Open government hack night
      3. Big data – identify communities that don’t know themselves yet
      4. Prime for Coop: those rich in social returns not always on financial returns, example movie theater
      5. Food Deserts – using data to find cooperative investment opportunities
    3. John Steven Bianucci
      1. Iroquois Valley Farms – Certified B Corporation
      2. Keep the farmer on the land
        1. many farmers are leasing the land they farm on a year to year basis
        2. less than 7% is organic land – so much ecocide
      3. Using safe and patient capital
        1. 21 farms in 7 states
      4. Looking for ways to make this scale
      5. local and regional food systems
      6. We can all agree on good food
    4. Sally Duros
      1. Feeling excited indeed.
      2. working on business models for spirit filled activities
      3. compassion as a fuel
      4. worked in government and journalism
      5. compassion driving change
      6. Adaptive
      7. How are we increasing compassion?
    5. Discussion circle
      1. Michel – compassion means “to feel with”
      2. Co-constructing a shared resource that we all love → commons
      3. is this heavy or light? compassion starts local and expands out
      4. impact investing – measure how?
      5. moved by compassion?
      6. GIIRS – compare social impact
      7. Free Agents network

World Cafe

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What is happening around Peer to Peer engagement in Chicagoland?

Community Fix-it

Collaborative Ward Level Budgeting

ICA – Institute for Cultural Affairs

Open government hack night

Civic Labs – TIFF

Active Transit Alliance

On the Table

Peer Jury

Chicago Sustainable Leaders

Social Enterprise Alliance

Chicago Market

Net Impact

Mutual Aid Network

Rogers Park Participatory Budget

Foresight and Green Drinks

Restorative Justice


Economics of happiness

Be a fool for….

Assembly of the Commons?

Chamber of the Commons?

Block parties

snow plowing

pot lucks



home sharing

access to rides

time bank

Chicago Time Exchange (CTX)

Aging in Place

Clothing swaps

Free Little Library

Start up circles

Slow Money

Nonviolent Communication

The Mankind Project

Next Door

Coalition Impact

The Shift

refugee organizations


Accelerate 77

1647 Blue Maker Space

Maker Spaces

BALLE (biz alliance local living


Art of Hosting

Great Lakes Bioneers

Gathering leaders/change makers

Faith Based Communities

Episcopal Church – sharing time
and efforts with surrounding

Connecting orgs via community


Gift Circles

Shared Harvest


Coworking spaces – The Shift


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What can you imagine peer to peer engagement creating for Chicagoland?

A story for Chicago

Peace-Circle for bridge building

Compassion with equality

Eliminate toxic charity

Trend of people helping org find their value through

psychological shift away from American “lone ranger”

More nonviolent communication training

horizontal integration not = consolidation, social groups
and values – displacing overly verticalized (topdown)
institutions and values

Cultural value of the commons

Civic infrastructure

Connect on Similarities – benefit from differences

Smart collaborative – park districts host chamber of
commons. Soft Issue, problem isolation

Better connecting in and between neighborhoods

Community ownership – we are all accountable v
individual ownership – only one accountable

the challenge of being vulnerable first

connecting around food and music

storytelling movement

viable system models

encouraging – fostering “unlikely” connections within
and between neighborhoods

hardfought shift in consciousness of communication
listening is a change agent

media – good things to net get spread out

visibility – broadcasting


transition plan – organization – whole person
evolutionary in purpose. What do we need to do?

horizontal integration – silos coming together

general values explicit

Reclaiming locality – know

Impenetrable power structures – “opening to go around”

biological time – twishgt zone

Power of change – cultural

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How do you think we can each help get there? Where we can collectively take action to improve equality and quality of life?

Image Shift Work

Storytelling as restorative justice

not ownership but collaboration

Articulating achievable models

Identify your communities that you want to engage first

Transition plan with benchmarks

Yield poverty scarcity consciousness to a more fuller

A movement of story circles that bridges within and
across communities

Consciousness raising so people are more aware of
the response-ability they have

Smart collaborative connection

Chamber of the Commons

Culture value of the commons

neighborhoods create consciousness


meetup group

satisfying more than individual needs

Tools for change:

  • open minds
  • enlightened path
  • transform a culture of violence by teaching children nonviolent practices
  • short and medium term goals
    • reinstitute the public schools that were closed

Gem: people have the same needs and can be helpful
if you just let your voice be heard


More nonviolent communication training

Active Imagination

New consciousness of family




Connection – just BEING together – working with

“Art of Hosting”

Visibility – connected, better mapping

Re-invent the family

Having a one stop shop to get information

  • replicate the CSLN for peer to peer
  • find common ground for local org to connect
  • a transition plan

P2P is informal – not political or commercial

1150 entities working on sustainability in Chicago

  • how to tie them together?
  • exchange of information
  • develop collaborations
  • CSLN the space b/t neighborhoods and city govt
  • more?

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Keynote Chief Listener – Michel Bauwens

    1. Chamber of the Commons
    2. Assembly of the Commons
    3. Commons Festival
    4. Asset Map the marketplace
      1. Owning Our Future – Marjorie Kellie

Closing and Thank you



Jean Russell is a culture hacker, facilitator, speaker, and writer. Jean navigates clients through the crucial questions of creating and nurturing collaborators and networks to develop healthy and productive relationships and organizational culture. Jean does operations in the background and social design in the foreground. As a founder of the thrivability movement and a premier expert on collective thriving, Jean speaks to and with social innovators, builders, and edge-riders from Malmo to Melbourne, and London to San Francisco. Demonstrating collaboration, she curated, "Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch" in 2010 with 70 inspiring people. She wrote "Thrivability: Breakthroughs for a World That Works" (Triarchy Press, 2013).

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  1. […] Here in Chicago, there are examples of p2p already emerging. About 40 attendees from a variety of backgrounds and industries shared their experiences, knowledge, and hopes for the future. The Dill Pickle Food Co-op was in attendance, along with the Mutual Aid Network, and our generous host, the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Throughout the day, we discussed open cooperatives, social cooperatives, open value accounting, time banking, coworking spaces, participatory budgeting, chamber of the commons, open design and manufacturing, WIKISPEED, FairCoop, mutualization of independent workers, commons based reciprocity licenses, and much more. […]

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