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In 1988, Ray retired from his career as a factory manager. He was retired, but still wanted to stay busy (and his wife wanted him out of the house). So, he found the local timebank. At first, he didn't know what he could contribute, but, after some coaching, he realized that his people skills could help a lot of other timebankers. Namely, he led elder care support groups and provided end-of-life companionship to members of the community. One time Ray even helped an elderly man reconcile with his entire estranged family in a matter of weeks before passing away. In 1996, Ray was honored for his contributions to the timebank community by being selected as a Community Hero and carrying the torch for the olympics in Atlanta. A few weeks ago, Ray, wrote this letter to the ArchCare TimeBank saying, "I thank you for a great post-retirement life that still keeps me happy into my 90's." - ArchCare TimeBank, New York" http://ow.ly/dbRC30a2MEH . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #elders
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
In 1996, the Olympics celebrated TimeBanking for the first time when Ray carried the torch as Community Hero. He had devoted a quarter century to TimeBanking.
TimeBank has its own Olympic Champions.
If anyone rates the recognition as a TimeBank Olympic Champion, it is Mashi Blech. Going back to 1987, she carried the torch, first for Elderplan’s timebank, sponsored by a Jewish Organization, then for the Visiting Nurse Service, a non-denominational sponsor and now for Archcare, sponsored by the Catholic ArchDiocese of New York. Mashi’s efforts span three decades and she is still going strong. TimeBanking spans all faiths.
As life expectancy increases and as artificial intelligence (AI), automation and robotics transform the world of work, there is a new Olympics: fashioning the world we want for each other, the world of the future. As computers, memory chips, and information technology transform the economy, work is less and less about the production of physical objects.
We are summoned to sculpt the future and to invest as never before in preserving and enhancing the quality of life. As a species, humans are entering an era of longevity where life’s challenge is to find continuing meaning and purpose. Economics as the science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services will increasingly be called upon to wrestle with the question: Toward what end?