Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
We were shown a short clip called 'the barter bank' and the segment on TimeBanking from the PBS show 'Fixing the Future'. We discussed some of the more recent tax and legal findings, as the IRS is taking a much closer look now than even a couple of years ago. I came away with a 40 page document outlining the current findings. I can forward that if anyone is interested. Some specific suggestions: dues being a 'suggested' donation and for folks to not necessarily trade their professional skills for time credits unless it is to be considered as a 'pro bono' contribution. The idea of having a paid staff member is discouraged, rather to have a member organization appoint a staff member to work on the project as part of their job description and earn time credits for the organization.
There was consensus among the participants about both the importance of and the lack of a mobile platform for TimeBanking. There was also some discussion about both major softwares having difficulties to navigate and use, with neither hOur world nor Community Weaver being ahead in design features.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Questions and Answers
- “Where is the value in art and music? Most folks from here need to have a talent in hard work!”
- “We are all there for each other through the tough times—why do we need a time bank?”
- “We already barter.”
Question: How do we transition from being a giving community to being able to receive?
Answer: Workshops and learning opportunities. Example: By receiving and using TimeBank hours, you can get to a workshop that can further your ability to be a better involved in the community. Members can be given the opportunity to take time off to do something new, like a cooking class.
Question: How do you connect with other communities?
Answer: Use strategy: “Go where the people are.” Partner with other organizations, like youth leagues, truancy courts, homecomers, the recovery community and the neighboring farms and ranches. Partnering with local clubs is a great way to initiate a special project. For example the Lion’s Club, the FOP, the American Legions, the local grange, and local churches help the community already; why not join forces and ensure the quality of the exchange?
Question: What do you do about lack of available technology (internet and computers?)
- If using Community Weaver with limited computers, billboards at local diners and churches could alert folks to your meetings and trainings.
- Check with your local United Way for help with technology
- Create some urban connections and co-produce a program that fits both your needs.
Holly Cekala, Meredith Hackleman, Laura Brooks, Amanda Smith
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
1. Start Small! Your community currency economy will ultimately consist of many small, personal networks linking together. Start with the skills and resources available to you.
2. Build Cooperation with a variety of groups of people who have specific skills. Remember that everyone’s talents and expertise can be shared within the Time Dollar network.
3. Timing is what makes Time Dollar networks happen. Don’t try to force it; just keep adding members and services that members want to earn and want to spend.
4. Know your goals and stick to them! Be clear about how far along you are, and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. Learn from your mistakes, but don’t let them stop you.
5. Don’t compromise your goals by trying to include inappropriate people, even if they are a source of funding or your best friends, who distract your from your course.
6. Community Organizing is the most valuable skill for creating Time Dollar networks that are self-generating and inclusive of other networks in the community.
7. Think solutions, not problems! You’ll get there sooner if you avoid getting bogged down in solving small problems that will eventually work themselves out as you go.
8. Involve the “real” leaders in the neighborhoods! Find the traditional and respected people that others seek for advice and direction.
9. Be realistic! Miscommunication and unrealistic goals can cause a loss of trust. Establish trust by doing the do-able and promising what you can deliver.
10. Don’t rely on miracles! Fund raising and resource development are ongoing tasks if you expect to sustain and expand your network of services. Learn it and enjoy it!
Remember: your commitment is to a just social economy, not to one person, one vision, or one group of people. The Time Dollar strategy touches and moves people at a spiritual level, leaving them feeling important, loved, and connecting with others in important ways.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Bartering is when people negotiate the exchange of products or services based on a market value. In Time Banking all services are recognised as having the same value, based on the time it takes to provide the service. That means 1 hour of reading aloud to a Time Bank Member, is valued the same as 1 hour of fixing a bike or 1 hour of legal advice. Time Banking works on the philosophy that no-ones time is worth more or less than anyone elses.