|Re: Local Currency||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 07:41:12 -0700 (PDT)|
On Jul 7, 2005, at 9:32 AM, Hyghroad [at] aol.com wrote:
1) Have you had any experience incorporating a local currency into your community and how?
Our community does not use a local currency and the subject is met with two objections:
1. People don't want to "count". They want a free flow of sharing. 2. It's too much work to count. It can't be done.
2) In place of a local currency, has your co-housing community created andused its own currency and if so, how did you use it.
I have done some study of TimeBanking (formerly TimeDollars) and participate in TimeBucks. TimeBanking encourages local groups to share time, hour for hour, and has a system of producing hours for the community so "the community" can "pay" people to work. For example, if one person teaches a class to knit, he would receive 2 hours time teaching and each member would pay 2 hours for time taught. The extra hours paid would go to the community. This way the community can "pay" for time needed to mop floors, etc. They sell a software for tracking hours but it is expensive and a simple database can be designed to do the same thing --as well as a paper system.
Using TimeBucks I am currently doing career coaching with an artist in California (I'm in DC) and have a second signing on who lives in the Idaho outback. I plan to use my accumulated hours to "hire" a web designer who can be located anywhere.
This can be a very powerful way for a community to balance the needs of members who like doing the community floor sweeping and kitchen organizing and other members who don't.
Sharon --- Sharon VillinesBuilding Community: A Newsletter on Coops, Condos, Cohousing, and Other New Neighborhoods
Local Currency Hyghroad, July 7 2005
- Re: Local Currency Sharon Villines, July 7 2005
- RE: Local Currency erik michelsen, July 7 2005
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