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2015 June 25 - Tucson Time Traders - presentation / discussion / orientation / potluck

at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 North First Avenue (south of Prince)
June 25th, Thursday evening 6:00 til 7:30 pm, in the small meeting room

Presentation and discussion about Timebanking with members and coordinators of the Tucson Time Traders time bank.

Free and open to the public, families / kids welcome, carpooling / rides may be available. You can bring your dinner, something to share if you like, and we'll also provide snacks tea etc. Please bring your laptop computer or mobile device (smartphone iphone etc) if possible.

Hi everyone!  It's been pretty quiet here, but Tucson Time Traders is alive and well.  Whenever there are timebank meetings and events we'll list them here.

The website is always available of course, 24/7 from anywhere on the internet.  Members can log in at the top of this page

Do you have a project or group of friends ready to start timebanking?  Next step is for each person to sign up and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Any questions?  Your friendly timebank coordinators are often online to answer questions and help members with the website.  You can email timetraders(at)sustainabletucson.org or chat with us on the community blog (log in above).

"Office hours" - best dates to meet with coordinators in-person or by phone - by appointment:

  July 6 thru 10 (Mon-Fri), and July 21 thru 25 (Tue-Sat), afternoons & evenings
  Aug 5 thru 8 (Wed-Sat), and Aug 19 thru 23 (Wed-Sun), afternoons & evenings
  Sep 4 thru 7 (Fri-Mon), afternoons & evenings...

updated 2015 June 22  

For lots of great information about timebanking from around the world, check out the new Knit-a-Network Timebank Knowledge Commons.  Also see our local TB-KC mirror site and Links & Resources below.

Across the US and around the world, Timebanking has proven to be of benefit in a multitude of diverse applications, especially at a grassroots level - person-to-person and neighbor-to-neighbor services, social services and support resources, neighborhood infrastructure, cooperatives and local businesses - thereby strengthening local communities and economies.

Timebanking is about acknowledging and crediting the invisible / core economy, building community, including older, younger, and disabled folks, and providing an economic buffer for mainstream working folks during recession.  Timebanking is something everyone can do right now to strengthen local community and economy.

Timebanking is a good way for us to notice and appreciate the everyday assistance we give each other and often take for granted - rides, errands, childcare, eldercare, cooking, cleaning, fixing, mending, advice, tutoring, coaching, listening... with our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.  This type of work is actually the "core economy" - often invisible, but an essential part of the whole economy - nothing could happen without it!  Please join us in re-defining work and appreciating the true foundation of our wealth.

Membership in our timebank is free and open to everyone, and participation is growing slowly but surely... currently we have 225 members, including 5 organizations, and around 60 members using the website for networking and trading (see the word cloud below).

Our website is a live-online member-based community directory for finding people, services offered and wanted, and other resources.  The software is easy to use and easy to learn, and it's securely accessible with any web browser on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device (iphones androids etc).

Members can log in at the top of this page.  If you're not already a member, you can sign up below.

updated 2015 March 24  
What Is A Time Bank?

A Timebank is a group of people who trade an hour of work for an hour of work - everyone's time is valued equally.  The hours are recorded in the timebank software so we can trade them around the timebank community.  Timebanking is a great way for people to exchange assistance and help build healthy communities.

Core Values

We are all assets – Every human being has something to contribute.

Redefining work – Some work is beyond price.  We need to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, make the planet sustainable.  This kind of work needs to be honored, recorded, and rewarded.

Reciprocity – Helping works better as a two-way street.  "How can I help you?" becomes "How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?"

Community – We need each other... people helping each other reweave communities of support, strength and trust.  Networks are stronger than individuals, and community is built on mutual respect, trust, and commitment.

Respect – Every human being matters.  Respect is a foundation for freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and supplies the heart and soul of democracy.

Please join us...

Membership in our timebank is free, and open to everyone.  Sign up online with the new member application form below, and come to an orientation meeting.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.  For general information and videos about timebanking, see links and resources at the bottom of this page.

What we're trading & sharing...
Here are some popular keywords from our timebank member profiles.  The colors are a spectrum from more offered to equally offered+wanted to more wanted...   (also see news notes above)
access accounting advice alternative applications appointments architecture art artists asap assist assistance auto available baking basic beginning between bicycle big bike biking bio book books business buying car care carpentry cat child childcare children cleaning climbing cloud coach collage collective college community computer conservation construction consulting conversational cooking cool counseling credit data entry design details development digging dinner discussion dog dogs drawing driving editing education electric electrical elementary email endeavors energy enjoy errand errands escape especially everything find food free french garden gardening gas general give giving go good groceries group groups guitar handyman happy harvesting hauling health healthy heavy help high hiking home hour hours house how including information inside instruction intensive interested internet issues jazz jobs keeping knitting know knowledge labor landscape landscaping laptop large learn lessons level life light little maintenance make making management manual massage materials math meals meditation meeting members message minutes money month mosaic mosaics move movie moving music nature near need needed needs networking new nice note offer offered office online open organic organization organizations organize organizing painting party pay people person personal pet phone physical place places planning plant planting plants play plumbing pollution powerpoint practice preparation professional program programming project projects provide provides providing questions quick read reading recording remodeling removal repair repairs research residential resources respite ride rides running science service services sewing sharpening shopping short show simple sitting skills small someone space spanish start students studied stuff suggestions support sustainable system teach teacher teaching technical techniques thanks therapy things think tile time timebank together trade trades trailer training transportation tree trimming trips truck tucson tutor tutoring type typing urban using variety vehicle walking want wanted water way web website well window windows word work worth write writing yard yardwork yoga

updated 2012 Nov 14  
Save time at your orientation meeting by signing up here first!
Name *  your name, contact info, and location are required
Email *  for community members to contact you
Address & Phone *  for coordinators, will be kept confidential
Location(s) *  neighborhood, city / region, state, zip code
Referral - how did you hear about us?
Short Bio - introduce yourself to the Tucson Time Traders community
Offered - services you're offering to community members
Wanted - services you'd like to receive from community members
Availability - when you can trade time with community members
the core values of timebanking
and Tucson Time Traders Terms of Service
Contact Us!

email timetraders (at) sustainabletucson.org

chat with us on the community blog  (log in above)

come to an orientation meeting  (see calendar above)

Your friendly timebank coordinators are often online to answer questions and help members with the website.  You can send email, or chat with us on the community blog.  For best times to meet with coordinators in-person or talk on the phone, please see "office hours" on the events calendar above.

If you have a project or group of friends ready to start timebanking, the next step is for each person to sign up on the form above and we'll get back to you ASAP (no need to email when you sign up).

The website is always available for timebank members 24/7 from anywhere on the internet.  You can log in at the top of this page.  (not already a member? sign up on the form above)

Also see Links & Resources below for videos & information on timebanking.

Links & Resources
Short Videos

PBS Newshour - Help Stretch Dollars in Recession
(7-minute video, mp3, & transcript, Portland Maine, Nov 2010)

ABC News Good Morning America - Pay It Forward
(3-minute youtube, New York, March 2009)

Echo Park Time Bank - Members Tell Their Stories
(5-minute youtube, Los Angeles, Jan 2010)

Lathrup Village Time Bank - Discover Timebanking
(4-minute youtube, Michigan, April 2010)

More In-depth

Bernard Lietaer on creating a balanced view
(3-minute video, Nov 2012, from the Money & Life movie)

Edgar Cahn, founder of Time Banking
(6-minute youtube, The Jon Snow Interviews, UK, March 2005)

Stephanie Rearick, Dane County Timebank
(24-minute video from The Economics of Peace conference,
Sonoma California, Oct 2009)

For more videos & information, go to
the Knit-a-Network Timebank Knowledge Commons Library
Partners & Collaborators

Tucson Time Traders owes many thanks to
Sustainable Tucson, the Comfy Metasofa, and TimeBanks USA

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