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Stephanieâ€™s Blurb: Learning About Community Weaver 3
This week, I learned about TimeBanks USAâ€™sÂ newest timebanking software, Community Weaver 3. TimeBanking software hasÂ become such an essential tool for timebanking, as it lets many timebankers findÂ and respond to requests, as well as keep track of their hours. I, for one, tookÂ some time to play around with the Community Weaver 2 demo to to get to know the software and see how TimeBank members use it toÂ interact. The new Community Weaver will be more user friendly, and alsoÂ functional on smartphones! It will be unveiled at the 2014 Global Exchange Gathering atÂ the end of the month.Â Coordinator extraordinaire Abby Greer (founderÂ of the Kent Community TimeBank and the Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks), and TimeBanks USA Technology Coordinator Eric Bachman (member of theÂ Board of Directors of the Onion River Exchange TimeBank) will be working together to present the new software. I am excited toÂ see how it will work in various timebanking communities.
If there is anythingÂ that you, or someone you know, would like to share with the rest of theÂ timebanking community, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org!Â We also welcome anyone who would like to write a piece for the newsletter!
Announcements: GlobalÂ Exchange Gathering
The 2014 GlobalÂ Exchange Gathering in Rhode Island, hosted by the New Hope Time Exchange is quickly approaching!Â It will be an opportunity to connect with people around who believe inÂ community building. Come learn about timebanking,Â transition towns, complementary currencies, and cooperative practices. TheÂ Global Exchange Gathering will be held from July 31 â€“ August 3, 2014.
Currently, the featured speakers are Edgar Cahn, Maggie Fleming, ScottÂ Morris, Sarah Bird, and Charles Eisentstein. Bios for these speakers can beÂ found here. For more information and to register, click here. To check out our countdown clock, click here.
TimeBanks USA at theÂ Global Exchange Gathering
When Edgar Cahn foundedÂ this organization in 1995, it was in response to a need that he saw to provideÂ a supportive spearhead for timebanking; to support its growth and developmentÂ across the United States and beyond.Â SoÂ for many years, that was the role we played. But by 2012, leadership wasÂ stepping forward at every level:Â local,Â regional, national, international.
That was exciting,Â because it marked a â€œcoming of ageâ€ of timebanking as a movement. It was also aÂ call for TimeBanks USA to be changing its role.
TimeBanks USA willÂ continue to speak out for the vision and values of timebanking.Â We remain dedicated to providing cutting-edgeÂ timebanking software; to piloting innovative uses and ways of thinking aboutÂ TimeBanking. But at this point in time, there is no center. There is no â€œhub.â€Â The Global Exchange is an expression of that new reality.
TBUSA is part of a biggerÂ whole.Â Truly, it is something toÂ celebrate.Â
PhilosophiesÂ of Timebanking
As many of you will know, there are core values thatÂ drive the success of TimeBanks. Keeping in mind these values allows members toÂ have a deeper understanding and appreciation of their TimeBank exchanges. WatchÂ the awesome Long Beach timebanking video to see these coreÂ values in action. They are:
1.)Assets:We all haveÂ something to give.
2.)RedefiningÂ Work:Building community is real, valuable work.
3.)Reciprocity:Helping worksÂ better as a two-way street.
4.)SocialÂ Networks:PeopleÂ joined in shared purpose are stronger than individuals.
5.)Respect:Every human beingÂ matters.
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