|questions about time banks||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sean Davey (seansonoracohousing.com)|
|Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 08:07:32 -0700 (PDT)|
hi all, a community that I host a website for (for more info see https://cohousing.site) recently requested a new module for managing their time bank. A time bank is record of when one community member does some task for another member. The provider doing the task earns a credit of the number of hours needed to perform the task, the recipient gets a debit of the same number of hours. Performing tasks builds up a balance that can be used in trade for tasks provided by other people. As soon as I was done writing the code, I received a similar request from another community. So I was wondering if there are other communities out there who also have a similar system. I've long been interested in something like a time bank because the focus is on time instead of other factors like skill level or experience. In the early days of our community and over the years we've had discussions about paying community members for doing certain things and part of those discussions is about how much a person's time is worth in dollars. I never liked those discussions and much prefer the idea that we're all happy to share our expertise with each other. I like the idea that the time we have to give is the same for all of us. (I realize this isn't totally true, some of us have more time to give than others, e.g. retired members vs. employed members). I imagine many communities embrace this idea somewhat by requiring a set number of hours work per month from each member. Does your community use something like a time bank between members? If so, how well does it work? I'd also be interested in hearing about other types of non-monetary based work systems. And also if you think your community could benefit from software to help manage those systems. best, Sean
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