Live Q&A: Solidarity Economy Practices: Timebanking

Mike Strode of the Kola Nut Collaborative
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 6-7pm ET
This is a free event.
Join Mike Strode, Founding Coordinator of the Kola Nut Collaborative, for a live Q&A on Timeanking, a Solidarity Economy practice of identifying, celebrating, and trading time as a valued resource.

The Solidarity Economy is recognized internationally as a way to value people and the planet over profits and to unite grassroots practices of cooperative work. Most neighborhoods contain examples of the Solidarity Economy. In fact, you might already practice solidarity work – say, when you and your neighbors form a clothing swap or a lending library – without ever giving it that name. In the Timebanking module on CreativeStudy, we discuss the non-monetary exchange of time, a precious resource, in communities of color and beyond and encourage viewers to get involved.

During this Q&A, Mike Strode will tell us more about the Chicago-based Kola Nut Collaborative and how they operate a time-based service- and skills-trading platform, otherwise known as a Timebank. He’ll be able to answer questions about how it got its start, the successes and challenges of running such a platform, how you might get involved in what they are doing, and how you might start a Timebank in your community. If you are already in a Timebank, this is a great opportunity to connect with others.


Mike Strode is a writer, cyclist, IT consultant, facilitator, and Solidarity Economy organizer residing in southeast Chicago whose community engagement work has included ride leadership with the Chicago chapter of Red, Bike & Green; editorial and archival oversight for Fultonia; and co-facilitation of Cooperation for Liberation Study & Working Group. He is founding coordinator of the Kola Nut Collaborative, a time-based service and skills trading platform which promotes timebanking throughout Chicago. He also serves as a current board member for Dill Pickle Food Co-op. kolanutcollab.org / @kolabutcollab