We see how the mainstream economy divides us. To some, it brings wealth and wellbeing. To others, it brings poverty, hardship, and strain. Parents must care for and raise their children around the edges of their paid working lives. The poor, the elderly, the frail, the uneducated have no place, no role, no money to buy what they need. They do not count. By adding a new kind of money, we can change this.
Timebanks value the contributions of individuals who have been overlooked by the monetary economy and can be used to provide new entry points into the monetary economy. At the same time, it can rekindle age-old patterns of give and take to reweave the healthy families and communities that everything else depends on. In both these ways, Timebanks help build a healthier relationship between what we call the core economy of home, neighborhoods, and community and the monetary economy.
There are now around 200 Timebanks in the US & NZ using Community Weaver with more than 20,000+ members. That number is growing with 4-5 new timebanks starting in communities every month. When home and community act as a special kind of economic system through timebanking, it rebuilds long lasting natural supports in places where those relationships have eroded. Individual lives and whole communities are transformed through the numerous connections experienced with every exchange.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
TimeBanks USA website
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