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Judy found herself unemployed and volunteering a lot of her time when a friend introduced her to timebanking during the 2009 economic recession. It quickly became an integral part of her life to the extent that she took it upon herself to lead countless orientations and bring over 200 new people into the Time Trade Circle in Metro Boston over the last eight years. This picture is a timebanking spider web that she installed at the Wayland Town Hall highlighting the exchanges that have occurred within the timebank thanks to her orientations and introductions. For her, timebanking has meant having Enough of the things she needs and wants in her life, but which she might otherwise not have had. In many cases it's not learning to live with less; it's finding how she can get what she wants and/or needs through the timebank. This makes the paycheck she gets from her part-time work go a long way. - Time Trade Circle, Massachusetts http://ow.ly/2IGT30a2N64 . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #connections
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
Work as we have known it will need to be redefined. Automation, robots, and artificial intelligence will first produce the material goods and increasingly, some part of the digitized work products that organizations, businesses, government offices and educational institutions need. But creating and renewing relationships will continue unabated.
The ecosystem needs that labor to sustain it. We need to feel that we matter. We need to work. A sense that one is contributing establishes that one is worthy to receive. The world of economics encompasses two worlds: money chronicles one market where scarcity determines value so that supply can satisfy demand. But there is a second economy, the non-market economy, where relationships drive a different metric. We are witnessing efforts to create and grow that ecosystem through Facebook and Twitter and other social media. Flow is the driving force; networks that generate deviance will trigger ongoing evolution. Without interdependence, we become an endangered species. Social isolation amounts to extinction. TimeBanking can provide a needed ecological balance combining sustainability and purposeful growth.