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Stephanie’s Blurb: Learning About Community Weaver 3

This week, I learned about TimeBanks USA’s newest timebanking software, Community Weaver 3. TimeBanking software has become such an essential tool for timebanking, as it lets many timebankers find and respond to requests, as well as keep track of their hours. I, for one, took some time to play around with the Community Weaver 2 demo to to get to know the software and see how TimeBank members use it to interact. The new Community Weaver will be more user friendly, and also functional on smartphones! It will be unveiled at the 2014 Global Exchange Gathering at the end of the month. Coordinator extraordinaire Abby Greer (founder of the Kent Community TimeBank and the Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks), and TimeBanks USA Technology Coordinator Eric Bachman (member of the Board of Directors of the Onion River Exchange TimeBank) will be working together to present the new software. I am excited to see how it will work in various timebanking communities.

-Stephanie E.

If there is anything that you, or someone you know, would like to share with the rest of the timebanking community, please let me know at news@timebanks.orgWe also welcome anyone who would like to write a piece for the newsletter!

Announcements: Global Exchange Gathering

The 2014 Global Exchange Gathering in Rhode Island, hosted by the New Hope Time Exchange is quickly approaching! It will be an opportunity to connect with people around who believe in community building. Come learn about timebanking, transition towns, complementary currencies, and cooperative practices. The Global Exchange Gathering will be held from July 31 – August 3, 2014.

Currently, the featured speakers are Edgar Cahn, Maggie Fleming, Scott Morris, Sarah Bird, and Charles Eisentstein. Bios for these speakers can be found here. For more information and to register, click here. To check out our countdown clock, click here.

TimeBanks USA at the Global Exchange Gathering

When Edgar Cahn founded this organization in 1995, it was in response to a need that he saw to provide a supportive spearhead for timebanking; to support its growth and development across the United States and beyond.  So for many years, that was the role we played. But by 2012, leadership was stepping forward at every level:  local, regional, national, international.

That was exciting, because it marked a “coming of age” of timebanking as a movement. It was also a call for TimeBanks USA to be changing its role.

TimeBanks USA will continue to speak out for the vision and values of timebanking.  We remain dedicated to providing cutting-edge timebanking software; to piloting innovative uses and ways of thinking about TimeBanking. But at this point in time, there is no center. There is no “hub.” The Global Exchange is an expression of that new reality.

TBUSA is part of a bigger whole.  Truly, it is something to celebrate. 

Philosophies of Timebanking

As many of you will know, there are core values that drive the success of TimeBanks. Keeping in mind these values allows members to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of their TimeBank exchanges. Watch the awesome Long Beach timebanking video to see these core values in action. They are:

1.)Assets:We all have something to give.

2.)Redefining Work:Building community is real, valuable work.

3.)Reciprocity:Helping works better as a two-way street.

4.)Social Networks:People joined in shared purpose are stronger than individuals.

5.)Respect:Every human being matters.

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