What can we hope to achieve with TimeBank Media?
Parallel economy: When you do work for someone via TimeBank Media, you earn time dollars that can be redeemed for other services offered by the TimeBank. Services that are important but typically undervalued – such as childcare, rides to the airport or doctor, meal preparation, etc. – receive full recognition in time dollars. Time dollars can be spent by the individual who earned them, but they can be donated to a non-profit organization, which can then take advantage of the services offered in the TimeBank. Time dollars are immune to inflation, and do not expire. The IRS has recognized time dollars as the only non-taxable alternate currency in the U.S.
Social justice: We live in an economy that assigns a market value to each skill, and that value can vary dramatically, depending on the nature of the skill. By contrast, timebanking is a great equalizer – an hour of one person’s time is equal to an hour of any other person’s time. The concept may initially be jarring, after years of believing that one skill set is more valuable than another. But after the initial shock, the reality – that all of our time is equally valuable, and we all bring something to the table – is deeply refreshing.
Community Building: When we use the time bank, we will meet our neighbors, get to know them, give them a ride, help them in their garden, fix their computer, teach them a new skill – and vice versa. When we work together, we build relationships. To further promote the goal of community building, the TimeBank will organize regular community events (potlucks, dances, movie nights, etc.) to bring us all together in a spirit of celebration. TimeBank Media also supports broader community projects that further the goals and mission of Transition Town Media.
Current Community Projects:
- Transition Town Media: TTM is spearheading many sustainability projects. Currently the foci are on helping individuals develop their own home gardens as well as a weather-proofing and energy efficiency initiative directed at individual homes and businesses.
- CropMob Media: Join others on community days devoted to helping our local farmers produce food for us. Learn cultivation methods, plant care and ID, and socialize with others as we help our community become stronger and better nourished.
- Permablitz SE PA: Permablitzing is a community approach to permaculture, one site at a time. Groups of volunteers gather under the direction of a permaculture expert and transform a site in one day or weekend.
Members of the permablitz earn hours toward a permablitz at their home or property site. This is a fun way to learn about permaculture and transform our community for the better.
- Tool, Book, and Video Share: Connect with others on the Timebank website who want to swap, exchange, or lend items such as tools, books, and videos.