Time Banking: An Option for Building Communities Large and Small

Posted December 1, 2009 in Additional Sessions, Mutual Aid. Tagged:

Bartering—the exchange of goods and services without the intermediary of currency—is the oldest form of commerce. Local economies, using barter or a local currency as a means of exchange, were the norm for most of human history. It’s only recently that we are involved in selling and purchasing in a global economy, which is naturally inefficient, costly in terms of time and effort, and a huge waste of fossil fuel energy (to transport goods). But we think of this as normal.

In this session we’re going to consider how to return to providing for others, and being provided for, in our communities. Time Banking is one tool that’s increasingly being used to promote local economies and stronger communities. It’s easy to set up and can be expanded gradually.

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