Time for a Sharing Economy: Time Banking & More

Tuesday, October 1st
6:30pm Potluck; 7pm Program; 7:45pm Time Trade Circle orientation
First Church JP, 6 Eliot St, JP

rearick-stephanie-1sNo money? No problem. Across the nation, “cooperative” and “gift” economies are on the rise.
People are bartering, gifting, sharing, and trading time instead of money. Join us to talk about this inspiring trend with Stephanie Rearick (pictured), Director of the Dane County Time Exchange, one of the country’s most vibrant time banks with over 2,000 members. Stephanie is currently on a “rolling conference” across the US to learn more about the ways the cooperative economy is unfolding.

Join Stephanie to learn about time banking and other forms of cooperative economy, including how time banks can be integrated with local businesses and community currencies, and how cooperative economies can help address our current climate and financial crises. Hear inspiring stories from Stephanie’s tour about cooperation in action.

Stephanie’s talk will be followed by an orientation to Boston’s own time bank, the Time Trade Circle. After the orientation you’ll be ready to start trading time with your neighbors and join the sharing economy!

JP NET wants to support more gifting, swapping, and sharing. To help shape a growing JP “node” of the Boston Time Trade Circle, please contact Sarah Byrnes (sarah@localcircles.org).

What is a time bank? A time bank is an organization where members have a bank account of time, and exchange time-based services with other members.  It’s a pool of members, and operates like a circle, not a one-to-one swap or barter.  In a time bank, for example, Lara makes a cake for Aldo, Keren gives skiing lessons to David, Dianne gives Carol ride to the airport, Carol paints a painting for Louisa, Krystyna lends her vacation house to Alice, etc. You get time credit for the services you provide, and you can spend that time on services that other members offer. The Time Trade Circle lets us share our own skills and get help from others who offer things we need. See www.timetradecircle.org for more info.

Who is Stephanie Rearick? Stephanie Rearick founded the Dane County TimeBank in Madison, Wisconsin in 2005 and continues to serve as its Director. In addition to her work in timebanking, Stephanie Rearick has been co-owner of Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse since 1995. Rearick received media and strategy training during her six-plus years with the international environmental organization Greenpeace (1989 – 1995), serving as local office director of the Madison office for two of those years. In 1995 Rearick helped to form Madison Hours local currency. Rearick served on the steering committee of the local independent political party Progressive Dane, serving as party co-chair from 2002 – 2004, and served on Madison’s Alcohol License Review Committee from 2003 – 2008, as Chair from 2006 – 2008. Rearick also works as a musician.

Rearick served on the Timebanks USA Board of Directors from January 2007 to August 2011, serving as Co-Chair from March 2010 to March 2011.

In 2011 Rearick, along with partners Preston Austin and Marc Brakken, launched Time For the World, an international project to experiment, collect evaluate and share data, and work with communities worldwide to scale and disseminate timebanking and other human-scaled economic tools.

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