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"Cape Ann TimeBanker Joy Adams offered to digitize old photos and I took her up on it, sharing with her that we had never been able to find any relatives on my mother's side of the family. Joy had genealogy experience and offered to help. She matched the one photo I had of them, near an old barn, to a historic barn site and comments made by my RELATIVES! I called and they were as thrilled as I to be in touch. They are wonderful people. We've met and now spend time together when we can. Together we've learned lots about our history that explains the secrets and circumstances that caused the split that we have mended. Thank you TimeBank for giving my family back to me! Here I am at a festival with my newfound cousin Jenny." -Lee Lewis @ Cape Ann TimeBank, Massachusetts . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #genealogy http://ow.ly/sh3G309skvo
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
We live in a digital age. What does that mean? What could it mean? As this first story declares, we can bring photos to life. We can bring relationships to life. We can collapse time. But we can do more.
Timebanking is a digital currency. One of our Board members, Polly Wiessner is an anthropologist. She noted: “We have used technology to radically reduce the time it takes to create trust. When actions leave footprints, digital footprints, trust becomes possible. We have also used this unique cryptocurrency to redefine value, to reject market price based on scarcity and to value universals: caring, loving, learning, protecting, affirming. By renewing trust, by redefining value, we have our own Genesis.
As we begin this 50 day journey, it seems fitting to remember the first Genesis.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Let us think of this first day as our Genesis, for we bring to this moment, a sacred trust.
As creators, we too start with unbounded possibility – possibility that is formless and void.
This is what it can mean to live in a digital age with a digital currency that empowers us to create a new world by valuing what it means to be human. On Day One, we hover over the future, creating day by day that new world. Think of these Fifty TimeBank stories as fifty days.
Fifty days from now, we will look back. And on the evening and the morning of that day, may we say:
We have seen what we have made and it was very good.