Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 29, and new spins on old solutions

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … Time Banks USA
“What is the function of a currency? Rewarding caring and sharing…

A medium of exchange reinforcing what we say we value.” -Dr. Edgar Cahn on Time Dollars

Lying in his hospital bed in 1980, Edgar Cahn realized something.  Each person needs something, and each person has something to contribute. Money is an impersonal and scarce medium of exchange which devalues those who cannot give in terms that the market recognizes as valuable. But if we could match the time needed with the time available to contribute, then we could organize our society along more caring and mutually respectful lines. Thus, from a heart attack, Time Banking, a new system of community economic self-
help now used all over the world, was born. Here is an explanation of how Time Banks work in the United Kingdom:

“ What is timebanking?
Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency. For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical
help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. Everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of my time is equal to one hour of your time, irrespective of whatever we choose to exchange.

Because timebanks are just systems of exchange, they can be used in an almost…

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So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  something on this page, but I’m not sure what.

Page twenty-eight was last week…

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Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.


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13 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 29, and new spins on old solutions

  1. It’s a great idea that kind of builds on bartering. I can deposit 5 hours of accounting/bookeeping services and withdraw 5 hours of handyman. The problem arises when people value their own time more than they value others. I see that all the time now where people look down on certain segments of the population as less valuable than they are. Personally, I think someone who stocks grocery store shelves is more valuable than someone who watches the stock market, but society doesn’t see it that way.

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    1. Exactly: in the UK, Time Banks UK had changed the set up, after many complaints from people who felt that their time should be worth more than that of other folks, to allow “high value” skill time to be banked at 2 hours for every one hour of service. I really found this disappointing, as I agree with you: stocking grocery shelves is a needed service, while watching the stock market can be close to predatory.

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  2. This feels similar to what might happen organically in some communities, but the more formal documentation of it may help prevent certain people from taking and never giving / burning out from consistently giving all the time. There will be times when people will need to be taking far more than they can contribute back (eg. during cases of illness or other particular hardship)

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