The Madison MAN Cooperative creates ways and means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community. We're just getting started, join now as a founding member, or just leave your name if you want more information.
We're developing shared savings pools to provide investment funding for each other's projects and needs, and emergency funds for neighbors in need.
Meeting spaces, tool and expertise libraries, exchange platforms, and a vehicle for cooperative ownership of the things we need, but don't use often or can't afford alone.
Monthly social events for new and existing members, workshops to learn about and create the economy we want, free food and childcare for members and guests, and expert project assistance.
Southwest Digital Bridges
Southwest Digital Bridges (SDB) will provide home internet access and savings for members of the Russett Road neighborhood. The program also provides training for interested youth and adults in mesh installation and maintenance so they become stewards of their network. In turn, network users agree to donate one hour a month.
SDB uses Dane County Time Bank as a tool for network users to access the network without the need for money. Network stewards earn Dane County Time Bank hours for their work on the Russett Road network and on networks in other neighborhoods.
Networks will be able to provide security communication options for specific community uses such as ride-sharing, neighborhood announcements, promotion of community projects, neighborhood activists activities, and more neighborhood needs.
— Preston Austin
The Social Justice Center
Since the early 2000s, the Social Justice Center (SJC) on Williamson Street in Madison has served as a shared-office venue for established and nascent social-justice nonprofit organizations.
The next phase of the SJC involves further collaboration with communities and groups outside the Center, including a variety of resource-sharing initiatives. Projects currently under exploration by SJC tenants, including Tenant Resource Center and the Dane County Time Bank, include a repository for swapped goods, a drop-off point for community-supported agriculture products, shared equipment and administrative support for participating organizations and individuals. Among SJC’s priorities is to establish an incubator for enterprises capable of generating community-owned wealth while enhancing community quality of life.
The SJC serves as a home base for coordination among projects and networks in Dane County with similar and complementary interest areas.