video of the week: time banks

This is one of the coolest ideas I have ever heard of, and delivered by a down-to-earth, nurturing type of guy.

Essentially, where a lot of people have time on thier hands, but no money to buy services, people have begun rebuilding neighbourhood ties, and trade services with one another hour-for-hour via a time bank. A plumber fixes someone’s toilet for two hours, earning two hours of service from other members of the bank, a babysitter or lawyer etc.

This guy really is amazing. Apologies to those who saw this on my gmail buzz way back in July.

More information can be found at http://www.timebanks.org/directory.htm and the Alternet article I first saw this on is at http://www.alternet.org/story/147515/with_10%25_unemployment,_depression-era_time_banks_offer_an_alternative_way_to_earn?page=entire

I have since unsubscribed from Alternet because of their biased and vitriolic approach to politicised journalism, but I am so glad I subscribed as it led me to this!

Enjoy!

M

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~ by maoctopus on December 7, 2010.

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