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Time Banking
March 13, 2008 8:01 PM   Subscribe

Enjoy volunteering? Time banking allows you to get something back for your efforts. It's even the official currency of the micronation Lovely. Via
posted by fermezporte (6 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow, what a cool concept. I need to spend some time studying it to see if the implementation looks workable, but I love the idea. Thanks, fermezporte!
posted by Kat Allison at 8:57 AM on March 14, 2008


Interesting concept, similar to giving circles, except with more focus on the community's internal needs. I wouldn't say this is 'volunteerism for Time Dollars' though. It's more like bartering with people in your immediate community. Edgar Cahn's idea is to replace a monetary currency with a time-based currency, and it's not a new one.

I just wish I didn't get the feeling he's just trying to make a buck, though...
posted by onalark at 9:15 AM on March 14, 2008


Nifty.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:38 PM on March 14, 2008


Can I buy the Time Bank StartUp Kit (tm) with Time Dollars (tm)?
posted by Artaud at 2:17 PM on March 14, 2008


Very interesting idea. ..But is there something faintly defeating about the premise of volunteering in order to get something back?

Oh Christ, now I sound like my mother.
posted by applemeat at 1:43 PM on March 15, 2008


I found these Wikipedia articles to be illuminating on the topic:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ithaca_Hours
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-based_currency
posted by systematic at 9:20 PM on March 17, 2008


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