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"I love exchanging! This picture shows the outcome of SO many exchanges. I started taking wood carving as an exchange, which is where I met Maike (pictured in the middle; I am on the right). Maike had made these amazing mittens…double walled and just delicious. As she had also joined ORE, I asked if she might make me a pair. She declined to make a pair, but was game to teach the process. I found another member, Anna (pictured left) who was game to learn how to make these mittens. The three of us met up, Maike gave lessons to Anna, and then Anna made me the mittens! Anna also ended up joining in on the wood carving class. ORE has introduced me to countless friends, new skills…and the best mittens I will ever own!" - Chloe Budnick @ Onion River Exchange (ORE), Vermont . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #lessons http://ow.ly/1cKM309xgt1
Reflection by Edgar Cahn
TimeBanking starts with 1 + 1. There is a giver and a receiver. But when you add a third person, something else happens. And when that third person helps one of the original two, a cycle begins that has a life of its own. It is as if a living cell was created that has the power to sustain itself and to link to others.
TimeBanking is not just doing something nice for another. The story exemplifies the proverb: “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Embedded in each TimeBank exchange is the premise: you, the recipient, have an equal capacity to make a difference in the lives of others.
We know in math, a triad is different. When one adds a third person, it can operate exponentially: it is 1+1 squared. The instant one adds a third person, different possibilities emerge. When a man and a woman beget a child, everything changes. Three is different, very different. That is not just a proposition about math. That is a proposition about the creation of life and the possibility of community.