ChangingÂ the world, one community at a time
Stephanie’sÂ Blurb: TimeBanks Adventures!
IÂ have had a whirlwind of a week doing so many cool things forÂ TimeBanks! I was able to go to Bread for the City TimeBank’sÂ monthly meeting, where they discussed various community goals andÂ initiatives, such as more support for their rooftop garden, andÂ finding more ways to engage the youth. It was great to see theÂ dedication and the enthusiasm that the timebankers had for theirÂ community.
IÂ also recently discovered, here in the TimeBanks USA office, a smallÂ folder of designs, which can be viewed here.Â It contained some examples of time dollars and time credits thatÂ timebanks have created. Take a look, and let us know what you think!
IfÂ there is anything that you, or someone you know, would like to shareÂ with the rest of the timebanking community, please let me know atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org!Â We also welcome anyone who would like to write a piece for theÂ newsletter!
CommunityÂ Weaver 3: Update
WeÂ are on the homestretch for Community Weaver 3.0! Following the GlobalÂ Exchange Gathering in Rhode Island, a group of timebankers will be
testing the software and providing feedback which will enable theÂ developer to fix any bugs. After this initial testing period,Â Community weaver 3.0 will be available for all timebanks alreadyÂ using CW 2 to review, test and start using.
TimebanksÂ USAÂ would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to the CrookedÂ River Alliance of TimeBanks whoÂ recently received 501(c)(3) status! The efforts of founder Abby GreerÂ and many others have resulted in a regional model for Ohio. The newÂ non-profit status will allow the organization to allocate resourcesÂ to member timebanks and various initiatives.
WeÂ wish the Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks all the best as theyÂ begin a new chapter in the journey that is timebanking.
Announcements:Â Global Exchange Gathering
The 2014Â Global Exchange Gathering in Rhode Island,Â hosted by the NewÂ Hope Time Exchange is quickly approaching!Â It will be an opportunity to connect with people around who believeÂ in community building. Come learn about timebanking, transitionÂ towns, complementary currencies, and cooperative practices. TheÂ Global Exchange Gathering will be held from July 31 – August 3,Â 2014.
OnÂ the conference website, the New Hope Time Exchange has provided aÂ detailedÂ agenda.Â The four days will be filled with workshops, forums, sharing ofÂ experiences and best practices, and of course, much discussion andÂ food. For more information and to register, clickÂ here.Â To
check out our countdown clock, clickÂ here.
FromÂ TimeBanks USA: AchievingÂ Change with TimeBanking
If being a change maker isÂ important to you, or if it is new to you but has strong appeal, then
we invite you to join our Change Maker pre-conference instituteÂ workshop.
How can we use TimeBanking to make meaningfulÂ change and a more inclusive society? This is the BIG question that weÂ plan to tackle in an interactive and participatory all-day workshopÂ on TimeBanking and system change.
We will begin by providing a quick view of twoÂ powerful framing tools that participants can use as guides in theirÂ own projects. Using a variety of interactive approaches, includingÂ mini-scenarios as jumping off points, we then ask: What is the changeÂ you want to see? Who is with you? Where are leverage points to makeÂ those changes happen? Where will TimeBanking and its core values makeÂ the difference? What does the journey look like?
Edgar Cahn, who will be co-leading thisÂ workshop, saysÂ his goal is for Ã¢â‚¬Å“each and every person to feelÂ that they have been part of something important. I want them to feelÂ confident that they can use these tools to become stronger asÂ change-makers.”Â Our goal isÂ for participants to enjoyÂ and value this day, to be eager to apply the thinking and the toolsÂ they learn in this workshop, and to make new friends and colleaguesÂ on a shared path.
– Christine Gray
*FirstÂ called Time Dollars, then TimeBanking when it went international.
PhilosophiesÂ of Timebanking
As many of you will know, there are core values that drive theÂ success of TimeBanks. Keeping in mind these values allows members toÂ have a deeper understanding and appreciation of their TimeBankÂ exchanges. Watch the awesome LongÂ Beach timebanking video to see these core values in action. TheyÂ are:
1.)Assets:Â We all have something to give.
2.)Redefining Work:BuildingÂ community is real, valuable work.
3.)Reciprocity:HelpingÂ works better as a two-way street.
4.)SocialÂ Networks:PeopleÂ joined in shared purpose are stronger than individuals.
5.)Respect:EveryÂ human being matters.
ToÂ find a TimeBank near you, please visit our Directory.
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