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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.