Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 30, and mutual aid

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 have a short story to add, after this page quote, about my persona experience using Time Banks…

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:

“ endless variety of settings.

Traditionally these settings have been divided into three categories:

1) Person-person
These might be ‘standalone’ timebanks, perhaps in a local community, where residents might organise social action using the principles of an hour for an hour. This might typically see a timebank member earning a time credit by
doing the shopping for an elderly member of the timebank, and then spending that time credit on getting somebody else to provide baby-sitting support at a time when they are busy.

2) Person-agency
This model might see organisations using timebanking as a tool for achieving their own outcomes and goals. In this instance, the timebank might be interwoven into the fabric of the organisation, so that their own activities can
be organised through a system of time exchange.  For example, a hospital might wish to provide a home-care service for patients who have left the acute care setting but are still in need of support –perhaps somebody with a broken leg for example. The hospital would then organise the informal support needed, such as help with cooking meals, doing shopping or running basic errands, using a timebank to incentivise the giving of help rather than paying
professionals in the traditional manner.

3) Agency-agency
Timebanks can also work between organisations, as a system for trading assets and resources. Organisations, such as local businesses or public sector…

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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.

 

My personal experience, after serving for quite some time as Time Broker, and doing lots of work on the Time Bank, was that when I was ready to leave the country, as my student visa expired, I found my self with several hundred hours accumulated in the Time Bank in credits, but no way to spend them.  So, I donated them to the mother of a friend of mine, an elderly lady in need of home repair, who was not a member of the Time Bank, in fact.  But, using my donated Hours, a member painted, plastered, and made repairs in her home, for which my friend expressed relief, as these had been needed for many years, but her mother had not the means to pay for them.  So, even if one cannot personally benefit from one’s accumulated hours, some other member of society will be able to benefit.

Page twenty-nine was last week…

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Stayed on Freedom’s Call
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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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9 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 30, and mutual aid

    1. There was a revamp going on, of the website and some tools, if I remember correctly, for Time Banks, USA, but apparently money was an issue, so I don’t know where that went. I know that this was something Edgar wanted to see happen, but most Time Banks are pretty stressed both in terms of trying to keep members, and for cash money as well. It’s hard to find enough Time Brokers to rotate often enough who know all of the Wants and Offers, and can match people, organize potlucks or face to face events to build the Time Bank, and get oldtimers to keep recording their hours when they help each other out, rather than just dropping out as they become friends. One problem is that people meeting and helping each other via the Time Bank leads to building the very trust intended, but then often also leads to the turnover in the Time Bank as friends stop using it. A bit of a paradox, but it happens in every Time Bank I’ve talked to, in the US and in the UK.

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      1. That makes a lot of sense–that people would drop out once the Time Bank was no longer needed. A social media app would need to position itself for short-term use. Like Tinder, for example. Once you find your partner, you don’t need the app any more but that doesn’t mean that the app wasn’t useful or that the app won’t be useful again some day.

        My husband teaches digital product design and this is a perfect example of a project that might inspire one of his students. I’m going to tell him about it.

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        1. Coolness, thanks, Carol! We will also need similar apps for the Baby Acres/Floors project, if he finds any of the parts of the 4 phases interesting (especially once chapters 7-10 start posting, with accessible 1-minute actions for people to take…).

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