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Barry Koren

PeaceBrook ― Where People Connect & Support One Another
PeaceBrook   Where People Connect and Support One Another   "There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.
What's on your mind, Barry Koren
What's on your mind, Barry Koren?
The Story of PeaceBrook
The old story is of violence. The new story is of peace, opportunity, and hope. I give you—   The story of PeaceBrook. After yesterday's storms, it's a bright day in PeaceBrook, a village in Chicago. People hustle as they build communication networks on their blocks—phone and chat networks. They seem radiant and healthy, with a sense of peace and vitality.  Year-round, Taylor, a Master Drummer, 38 years old, drums the Principles of Kwanzaa. Deondre, 32 years old, raps consciousness-raising poetry. Drum sounds and people humming float through the air. In the quiet of 3AM, the Insomniacs Club meets for a stroll. A cohesiveness underlies the conversations you hear and the body language you see.  The Kwanzaa principles on which PeaceBrook is based are * Unity  * Self-Determination  * Collective work & responsibility  * Collective economics * Purpose * Creativity  * Faith   
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This Saturday, 4/6/19 - Free Tennis Social

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It's About Time! A New Chicago West Side
We can have a new Chicago west side by recognizing that time is money.  And by organizing to use this currency.  In our community, money talks, and dollars are increasingly scarce.  We don't need to be stopped.  Using time as money helps organizations collaborate with one another and empower their clients.  It can empower us all and bring us all closer to one another.   A description of the time exchanges and the Coalition of ten organizations that would exchange blocks of time are be
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This Tues 9/26 at OPPL - A simple solution to big local money problems
Many of our big problems - locally & nationally - are caused by money. Eg, poverty, jobs disappearing, environment, and growing inequality.   Money is also a simple, pragmatic solution, but a new (and ancient) money based on time.   Here's how it works.  When I help you for an hour, I credit my account for that hour and debit yours.  The hour I just earned helping you I can spend by asking someone to help me.  The hour you owe you can clear by helping someone.
This Saturday, 8/26/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Please come to our tennis social.
This Saturday, 7/29/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Please come to our tennis social.
This Saturday, 7/15/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Please come to our tennis social.
This Saturday, 7/8/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Please come to our tennis social.
This Saturday, 7/1/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
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This Saturday, 6/10/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Please come to our tennis social.
USTA Self-Rating Guidelines - 2014
The tennis self-rating guidelines below are no longer shown on the USTA site.  Nonetheless, I find them very useful for our tennis socials.  Hope you do too.
This Saturday, 6/3/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Please come to our tennis social.
Time Exchange Project - A Simple Solution to Big Problems
 
Time Exchange Project - A Simple Solution to Big Problems
Jobs disappearing and crime have ravaged Chicago’s West Side. Lack of money is a key cause of the devastation.
This Saturday, 5/20/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Please come to our tennis social.
Our neighbor Libby Fox passed away
Very sad to say that our next door neighbor Libby Fox passed away on Monday, May 15th, 2017.   Visitation Friday 5/19/17, 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass 11a.m. at St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org) are appreciated. Funeral info: dreschlerbrownwiliams.com or 708-383-3191. __________________________
This Saturday, 5/13/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Please come to our first tennis social.
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This Saturday, 5/6/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Please come to our first tennis social.
TimeBanking in a Black & Latino neighborhood: Sobrante Park in Oakland
Watch the video to see a detailed description of how timebanking was used with remarkable
What's the Big Idea?

This Saturday, 4/8/17, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
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TimeBanking in a Black & Latino neighborhood: Sobrante Park in Oakland
Watch the video to see a detailed description of how timebanking was used with remarkable results in a neighborhood where a Black gang and an Hispanic gang were at each other's throats.  See 12-minute segment: 32:50 to 44:55. 
Building our local connections, enriching our lives
The purpose of our site is to help build local connections and enrich your local experience.   Try our Marketplace & Time Exchange.  Like Craigslist, you can place free ads, but here you can sell or buy with either dollars or hours.  You can also say what you need, are giving away, or are sharing.  Or announce events.
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Open to all.  Meet new tennis friends and enjoy a morning of te
This Saturday, 7/16/16, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Open to all.  Meet new tennis friends and enjoy a morning of tennis.
This Saturday, 7/2/16, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Open to all.  Meet new tennis friends and enjoy a morning of tennis.
Unique time exchange in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, 2015

This Saturday, 5/21/16, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Open to all.  Meet new tennis friends and enjoy a morning of tennis.
This Saturday, 5/7/16, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Open to all.  Meet new tennis friends and enjoy a morning of tennis.
This Saturday, 4/30/16, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Open to all.  Meet new tennis friends and enjoy a morning of tennis.
This Saturday, 4/23/16, & every Saturday - Free Tennis Social
Open to all.  Meet new tennis friends and enjoy a morning of tennis.
This Saturday, 4/16/16 - Free Tennis Social

What's the Big Idea?
Time Exchange Project - a simple solution to solving the big problems our communities face
Happy birthday Alanna!
What's on your mind, Admin Administrator?
RSVP - Annual INDOOR Holiday Impromptu Tennis Party - Sat., Dec. 19th
A gentle reminder to RSVP so we'll reserve enough tennis courts for everyone.  If you can't let us know ahead of time, please come and we'd be very happy to see you.  Our friends from the Oak Park and the Maywood Tennis Associations will be joining us. All are welcome.  Join us at our 2nd Annual INDOOR Holiday Impromptu Tennis Party, Sat., Dec. 19th, 5:00 to 8:00 pm.