Mike Strode

I am the founder of the Kola Nut Collaborative, a time-based skills and service exchange which is presently the only active timebank in the Chicagoland area. I am interim chair of the DSA Solidarity Economy Working Group which hosts monthly gatherings to educate and build capacity around economically democratic strategies such as cooperatives, timebanks, and participatory budgeting. I am principal consultant of Kola Community Solutions LLC, a community research and strategy firm which works to advise Chicago residents on the implementation of cooperative economic structures in their neighborhoods. I am member of the New Economy Coalition, a national network of organizations working democratize the economy such that it can better serve people, communities, and the planet in a restorative rather than extractive manner.

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