Zev Friedman and Co-operate WNC

is creating Regional Mutual Aid For A Regenerative Future
Select a membership level
Chicory
$3
per month
Contribute what you can as a Chicory Founding Member and help to grow the topsoil of this movement. By contributing, you're playing the Permaculture long game and betting wisely on the power of co-operation.


Along with the other tiers, you'll receive:

* invitations to special events and classes

* monthly podcasts

* monthly newsletters

* volunteer and Hub Leadership opportunities


And, as a Founding Member, you’ll get to influence the direction this organization takes by participating in the dialogue online, coming to classes and events, voting at annual membership meetings, and attending the 2019 WNC Mutual Aid Summit.

Honeybee
$7
per month
Give $.25/day as a Honeybee and help us gather the co-operative hive sweetness to do something bigger than any of us can do alone.  By contributing, you're playing the long game and betting on the power of co-operation.


Along with the other tiers, you'll receive:

* invitations to special events and classes

* monthly podcasts

* monthly newsletters

* volunteer and Hub Leadership opportunities 


And, as a Founding Member, you’ll get to influence the direction this organization takes by participating in the dialogue online, coming to classes and events, voting at annual membership meetings, and attending the 2019 WNC Mutual Aid Summit.

Purple Martin
$13
per month
 Give about $.45/day as a Purple Martin Founding Member, joining the rest of the loyal flock to commit to this place as your home.  By contributing you're playing the long game and betting on the power of multi-generational co-operation.


Along with the other tiers, you'll receive:

* invitations to special events and classes

* monthly podcasts

* monthly newsletters

* volunteer and Hub Leadership opportunities

And, as a Founding Member, you’ll get to influence the direction this organization takes by participating in the dialogue online, coming to classes and events, voting at annual membership meetings, and attending the 2019 WNC Mutual Aid Summit.

25

patrons

$404

per month

About Zev Friedman and Co-operate WNC

Hello friends, family, and colleagues. Thank you for believing in my work and for participating in this Patreon campaign to help take this work to the next level.

As you may know, for the past 18 years I've been working hard as a bio-cultural activist and Permaculture educator to keep the seeds alive for a regenerative and hopeful future in the face of all the craziness.

Now, I’m standing at the threshold of a new chapter in my work. The project is called Co-operate WNC. What is it about? Regional mutual aid for a regenerative future. Read below for more about what that means.

Luckily, I'm not working alone. Courtney Brooke and Debra Penberthy are staffing our team as well, and we have around 50 talented people advising us on various dimensions of this complex project.

By joining our team as a Patron and Founding Supporter, you're supplying nutrients at this embryonic moment in what we envision as a 3-year founding phase.

In these first 3 years, we're doing things like:

* Forming legal and decision-making structures, as well as the leadership, flavor and priorities of the organization
* Identifying Mutual Aid community center locations and co-ordinators
* Producing The Mutual Aid Podcast to gather stories of mutual aid success and learning from organizers around the world
* Creating educational events and gatherings to help bring up new leaders and get members involved
* Creating alliances with other organizations through Community-Based Asset Mapping
* Determining future member benefits
* Beginning to get public feedback and involvement
* Initiating working groups on high priority regional projects like a healthcare co-op and a carbon farming initiative.

The Vision

Our vision is Permaculture, organized at a regional scale, to improve your daily life and our collective destiny.  A practical regenerative approach that addresses our most wicked challenges by working at the confluence of biophysical, cultural, economic and relational systems.

We get there by harnessing various collaborative economic and organizational tools, including a community-owned credit union, savings pools and timebanking, to support the development of a regional network of community hubs. These physical community centers are resourced and and linked together by the larger Mutual Aid Network, but designed, owned and operated by the people in each area they serve.

As a regional network, Co-operate WNC functions at the scale necessary to compost and renew broken economic and social support structures. It allows us to create things like a credit union, healthcare co-operative, support for climate resilient land use patterns, independent media outlets, disaster/emergency response teams and other major services that are typically difficult to fund and organize at a grassroots level. Each community center focuses on delivering these services so that they meet the particular needs of its nearby community. 

Mutual Aid As Ancestral Wisdom

Our team is developing a renewed flowering of an old concept: Mutual Aid. Mutual aid organizations have been formed over the centuries by groups of our ancestors (almost all cultures have them) who needed to organize and collaborate at a larger scale than the village, often without the support of a friendly government. 

We are inspired by many historical mentors including The Grange, Via Campesina, the Zapatistas, the Federation of Southern Co-operatives, mutualistas, ZTOS in the Warsaw Ghetto. Through Mutual Aid Societies our diverse ancestors pooled their resources, exerted their powers of self-determination, and nurtured the hopeful future they imagined. They fought fascism with co-operation, and their lineages survived. Please visit www.wnc-mutual-aid.org for more background.

Structurally Changing What You Support

Imagine your personal bank account acting to support the compassionate, life-giving future you long for instead of economic oppression, climate catastrophe and ecocide. And, as African American Mutual Aid Societies did leading up from the Jim Crow era into the civil rights movement, Mutual Aid Networks can create the community glue and the organizational capacity necessary to transform our political system from the local to the national level.

Join the Fun

As a Patron and Founding Supporter in this initiative, you'll join a network of hopeful and talented people committed to this vision of cultural transformation. You'll receive invitations to private gatherings and creative processes which will inform the shape and priorities of this initiative.

Everyone on the Web will have access to the Podcasts, and you will have the joy of knowing you made that possible. You’ll be funding blogposts, videos, white papers and other tools that our team is developing to empower people like you to work together in taking our future back through radical ecological and economic collaboration. And you’ll be supporting and gaining entrance to the first WNC Mutual Aid Summit at the end of August 2019.

Finally, if you step up to organizing a regional hub where you live, you'll have access to our team’s time and advisement in holistically planning and supporting your hub.

Donate today to get involved and support Co-operate WNC!

Goals
$404 of $1,700 per month
Making Topsoil: Inclusive visioning, organizing, net-weaving and gathering the team

At this goal level, we can hire another part-time staffer to focus on organizing events and processes which invite your participation and gather your ideas about the priorities for Co-operate WNC. We can engage some key consultants and attorneys to help us with foundational layout of the organization. We can host Board and adviser strategic planning retreats. And we can set our office up with equipment and supplies that will make us more effective. Meanwhile, this groundwork enables us to find hub leaders and sites, work on development of collaborative economic tools, and begin supporting high priority regional projects like a healthcare co-op and a carbon farming initiative.
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