What is a Mutual Aid Network?

A MAN is a new structure of cooperative that pools common resources - including facilities, tools, resources and funds - and uses common goods to generate networks of many sizes and diverse functions to cooperate in local and global community projects.


Governance Principles

Madison Mutual Aid Network Cooperative adheres to the Core Principles of the Humans United in Mutual Aid Networks (HUMANs) global cooperative network, adapted locally.

Madison MAN Cooperative members engage in mutually beneficial sharing and exchange, in service to equitable and sustainable communities, and embodying the following practices:

  • Reciprocity
  • Democratic member control and economic participation
  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Mutual aid among mutual aid networks
  • Transparent, open, and accessible processes



To create means for everyone to discover and succeed in the work they want to do, with the support of their community. 

       Madison MAN tools:

  • Timebanking, Mutual Credit
  • Shared resources: technical assistance, process support, tool and media libraries
  • Stewarship of community resources
  • Existing and growing networks of MANs 
  • Unique, community-based partnerships
  • Access to diverse expertise, platforms and skills
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The MAN framework can be adapted to any group or project, for people joining together for a common purpose