Please join Timebank Media in a celebration of one year connecting neighbors to neighbors, needs to gifts,and service to community. We have the great pleasure of welcoming four exceptional individuals to our lovely town to offer their gifts as writers, teachers, community organizers, and trainers. These two days will weave together how timebanking, the gift economy, and transition initiatives across the country are supporting community service, activism, and social change at a grass-roots, heart-centered level.
10 am – 4 pm: Timebank Training: Smedley Park Environmental Center, Wallingford, PA
When did we start accepting that our lives, our communities, and our planet exist in service to our economy? Flipping this paradigm is not only possible, it’s necessary – and we have everything we need in order to do it, right here, right now. The only barriers are the limits of our energies and imaginations. In this day long workshop we will explore with us some cool things that are happening around the world, using cooperative economic tools to facilitate community problem-solving and incorporating new technological tools to facilitate global learning communities. Stephanie will work with us to envision how we can build a healthy society from the grassroots up and guide us through activities that trigger our own capacities for building. We’ll do some smaller group work to brainstorm how we can use some of our learning to achieve our own goals in our communities and will get some tools and practice so we’re ready to begin.
Timebanking and other cooperative economic tools can bring people together to fix our world and facilitate peaceful global economic evolution, from urban gardening to home weatherizing to restorative justice options for youth and adults.
Brief Bio: Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Stephanie Rearick is a musician, small business co-owner (Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse), founder and Director of Dane County TimeBank and Project Coordinator of Time For the World. Her previous work with Greenpeace (1989-1995) equipped her with training in strategy, policy and media work. Rearick is currently working on finding lots of collaborators to restructure our economy so we can live good lives doing the work we’re passionate about. She’s doing this through promoting timebanking and other kinds of mutual credit and is often on the road doing both music and timebanking stuff, and working on building bridges between the two – creative pursuits and fair, inclusive, do-it-yourself economies (which themselves are creative pursuits, of course). It’s a fun job but someone’s gotta do it.
Registration is $75.00 per person, including an Indian Food buffet lunch from Shere-e-Punjab in Media.
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Swarthmore College, Science Center, Room 101
This event is free and open to the public. No registration necessary.
Dr. Edgar S. Cahn is the creator of Time Dollars and the founder of TimeBanks USA, as well as the co-founder of the National Legal Services Program and the Antioch School of Law (now the David A. Clarke School of Law). He is the author of “No More Throw Away People: The Co-Production Imperative,” “Time Dollars” (co-author Jonathan Rowe, Rodale Press, 1992), “Our Brother’s Keeper: The Indian in White America,” (1972) and “Hunger USA.” The development of Time Dollars is just one achievement in a career that, since the early 1960′s, has been dedicated to achieving social justice for the disenfranchised. His own life is an example of dedication to strongly held principles and ideals, and he brings to audiences a powerful vision, sincere compassion, spontaneous humor, and the ability to inspire others.
Dr. Christine Gray has a PhD from UCLA, and was the Chief Executive Officer, TimeBanks USA 2009-2012. She is author of in-depth case study of co-production at Holy Cross Community Trust (2012) and co-author of a definitive study of the relation between co-production and the civil rights movement in the United States, Co-Production from a Normative Perspective, in New Public Governance, the Third Sector and Co-Production (2012) . For ten years, as Director of Special Projects, then as Chief Operating Officer and finally as CEO, she led development of new approaches to TimeBanking and Co-Production for systems change, and development of all TBUSA training and support materials. Currently, she co-teaches a course in System Change in the LLM program of the University of the District of Columbia School of Law.
This lecture will be held in Swarthmore’s Science Center, Room 101, and is co-sponsored by Timebank Media, as well as The Alumni Office and The Sustainability Committee of Swarthmore College. A very important word about parking: This is graduation weekend at Swarthmore College. In order to be respectful of the families of graduating seniors, you are strongly encouraged to either take public transportation to the event or park on residential streets a short distance outside of the North Gate of the campus. A parking map, map of the campus, with an indication of the Septa Station and the Science center can be located HERE.
9 am – 4 pm (lunch from 12 – 1:30 pm): Swarthmore College, Science Center, Room 101
Join this acclaimed author-teacher in a day-long gathering aimed to revolutionize your effectiveness as a leader, healer, and/or social activist in times of rapid change. Our society is entering a time of profound transition. Crises in the economy, the ecosystem, health, education, water, energy, and more are propelling our civilization toward a radically different way of living on planet earth. Such conditions call for a new kind of leader, and even a whole new paradigm of leadership. At stake are the deep questions: “Who are we?” What are we here to create?” “What is the role of humanity on earth, and how may I contribute to it?”
In this gathering we will explore, in concept and in practice: Our unique historical moment; from separation to connection; The dynamics of transition (personal, organization, planetary); Envisioning together “a more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible;” Leadership independent of power structures and hierarchies; What does leadership mean in a non-hierarchical setting?; The necessity for miracles, and how to access them; How to accomplish what seems impossible; Rebuilding community and meaningful relationships through living in “the gift.”
Please note: A paid deposit of $35.00 (plus a small transaction fee) is required to attend this workshop. The deposit will be returned to you at the workshop. Charles does not charge a speaking fee, but asks that each individual gift their payment to him, according to their own measure of gratitude. You may take the money we return to you, add or subtract from it, and make your gift to both Charles and/or the sponsors at that time. You may also gift a payment directly to him in advance of the workshop at his website. We will reserve 50 spaces for Swarthmore College students to attend without charge (with current student ID.)
Registration is limited to 175 people. Lunch is not provided, but there is a small cafe in the Science Center, many good restaurants and a Food Co-op in town, and ample open space to sit and enjoy a lunch brought from home in and around the Center. We strongly encourage participants to bring their own lunches.
A very important word about parking: This is graduation weekend at Swarthmore College. In order to be respectful of the families of graduating seniors, you are strongly encouraged to either take public transportation to the event or park on residential streets a short distance outside of the North Gate of the campus. A parking map, map of the campus, with an indication of the Septa Station and the Science center can be located HERE.