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How the Five Core Values of Time Banking Shape Tampa Bay Time 

Everyone is an asset:  In our new parallel economy we value each member's and organizational partner's time equally. We know that all offer something of value--from neighborly favors and errands to skills and knowledge useful on the job. 

We redefine work: In our online database we reward "volunteering" and other unpaid work that the market economy often ignores: helping raise healthy children, building strong families, caring for elders, revitalizing neighborhoods, living sustainably, fostering social justice and protecting democracy.  The work of running our time bank is also rewarded in TBT Hours. In these ways we flow a local "currency," backed by work already done, into our local community. 

Reciprocity:  In Tampa Bay Time exchanging is a two-way street where requesting help is at least as important as offering it. By asking for help we create jobs for those who want to work while preserving equality in those relationships.  

Social Networks: On our own we are limited in what we can achieve, but time banking activates trust and mutual support. Participants quickly make friends, put down roots, and join in building a more resilient community that is capable of supporting us through good times and bad. In addition to having a new way to reward "volunteers" and make resources go further, partners can benefit from exchanges of expertise that dissolve internal silos and bridge external barriers. 

Respect: Alongside a stingy mainstream mindset of scarcity for most, we're building a generous new economy of abundance for all. Aware that friendly favors may outnumber professional work, we do our best, show gratitude for others' efforts, respond promptly when contacted, and mentor newcomers who are learning how our community of abundance works.


Local Exchange News

  Activities for July:

July 22  - 7pm  - The Clearwater Baha’i  Center - Introduction to Time Banking, a presentation  to a group of Baha’i Women - 2898 Gulf to Bay Blvd Clearwater, FL  33759 Several of us will attend and participate. Aurelie Lawrence is coordinating the presentation
July 27 10-1pm Location - 30th and Diana Court plant swap east Seminole Heights.  Take a covered dish and plants to swap.
Note the monthly Wednesday pot luck at the Life Enrichment Center.  It is noon-1.  Bring a dish.  Participation is free. It is wonderful to have an opportunity to meet and get to know the community of the LEC.
The LEC Book Club and the Sisterhood Tribe Luncheon are regular monthly meetings.  In each case, bring your own lunch.  Each is a Tuesday event.

Art Field Trip 
"Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither"  Art Exhibition at Florida CraftArt" $5 plus cost of lunch, Tuesday, July 30.  Leave from the LEC at 10AM.  Check with LEC for details.

LEC has a standing wish list for the following:
Paper towels
Toilet paper
White plastic plates
Black canvases / canvass boards
Quart and Gallon size Ziplock bags









hOurworld News

hOurworld News

hOurworld Mobile Time Banking We believe in Open Innovation! We implement the best ideas of our members and coordinators. This broad based co-production model of networking and development affords us all the best tools for sustaining our local communities!

We believe in removing ALL the barriers to time banking that we can. Access to the hOurworld platform is FREE. It is easy for new members to join and learn, and easy for coordinators to manage and report on their members and activity.

We believe in supporting local diversity while maintaining a central cooperative organization to provide accessible support, training, and communications. We are documenting and teaching these models.

We believe that every member have control over their own privacy and content. We operate on private secure servers and HIPPA compliant data centers where all information is encrypted before going out on the internet.

We believe that time banking is one spoke in a wheel of Movements Moving Together. We foster local community organizations drawing together to create powerful local economies as they integrate CSA, Food Co-op, Buy Local, Transition Town, BALLE, CAP and others. The opportunities are endless!

All the Best from hOurworld

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