Welcome to the website of the Madison Mutual Aid Network Cooperative!
Click here for upcoming events and ways to engage.
Timebanking is our primary way to exchange, and we encourage you to give it a try! Every hour you spend helping another member earns you one hour's worth of credit, or a 'human hour'. You can use that credit for an hour of anyone else's time. Everyone's time is valued equally and we don't put a monetary price on our time. You can also spend before you earn if you need to. We expect everyone to engage in reciprocity, while we understand that sometimes in life we have more needs and other times we have more to offer.
Here is a 25-minute video overview of our version of Mutual Aid Networks (more informal what+why), plus a one-hour HOME Economics 101 video - an overview of the cooperative economic practices we're connecting and the tech tools we're using to support those.
The Madison Mutual Aid Network (MAN) is a new type of networked cooperative, designed to create means for everyone to discover and succeed in work they want to do, with the support of their community.
Based in Madison Wisconsin, Madison MAN Cooperative members engage in mutually beneficial sharing and exchange, in service to equitable and sustainable communities, and embodying the following practices:
- Democratic member control and economic participation
- Voluntary and open membership
- Mutual aid among mutual aid networks
- Transparent, open, and accessible processes
We're developing shared savings pools to provide investment funding for each other's projects and needs, and emergency funds for neighbors in need.
Common Shared Resources
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.
Our local home base is in Madison's Social Justice Center.
You can access our local exchange system by joining the Madison MAN Cooperative if you haven't already, and setting up or logging into your account here, on the lower left-hand corner of this page. Exchange or share time, stuff, price-based mutual credit, even regular old bank money!
Regular 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. Calendar here
Global Solidarity and Shared Learning
The Madison MAN Cooperative is a founding member and home base of Humans United in Mutual Aid Networks (HUMANs), a global cooperative network designed for mutual learning and support in service to building a neighborly global economy.
Check out the slides from the November 2021 Annual Meeting - the Madison MAN's Year in Review.