TimeBank New Brunswick: Experience Your Community
TimeBank New Brunswick is part of the larger organization of TimeBank communities that now reach globally. We endeavour to promote a better way of living more satisfying lives and promote the core values of the TimeBank philosophy.
The TimeBank has three main goals:
Strengthen the fabric of our community.
Serve people and give them a means to serve.
Establish new relationships and meet real needs of our community members.
We recognize that each person has talents to share, and that the overall community is strengthened when neighbors help one another. For every hour that you help meet the needs of another member, you earn a time credit for the exchange. This time credit can then be redeemed for services from others, and the never-ending cycle of sharing continues.
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History of TimeBank New Brunswick
Trading and local economy are values close to the hearts and in the traditions of many New Brunswickers. We seem to naturally want to lend a helping hand and share the bounties of our harvest. We may not have much, but we have our time and consideration that we give freely.
It follows that the TimeBank model seems to fit so well in our community. Starting in August 2015, the TimeBank has already gained a lot of support that is only growing as people see its potential. On the one hand, TimeBank can facilitate already existing sharing communities by providing a platform for organizing themselves and to spread their reach further. On the other hand, it is a way for people not aware of the sharing spirits in the area to find their fellowship and start engaging again with neighbours.
There are ways of gaining abundance that go beyond the standard monetary system. TimeBank is an excellent alternative. It can help people share skills and time with anyone in the community – and being an expert is not required! From beginners to professionals, TimeBank accepts all kinds. It is a way to flex your skills portfolio – one may be an excellent pet-sitter and not know it! Giving individuals the satisfaction of meeting someone’s needs or having their own needs met outside of the obligation to spend money is a beautiful one.
The TimeBank’s greatest strength is its ability to provide an equal valuation to any human’s time. In this system of one-to-one exchange, no individual’s work is valued higher than another’s. One gives his or her time, he or she is compensated exactly as everyone else. Be it wood-stacking, accounting, or carpentry, all people’s hours are worth the same. In this way, we can respect those performing all forms of labour.
The community also allows for one to exchange for the things he or she needs. Someone helping one person can redeem his or her time in a second exchange with someone else. It helps keep the trading spirits high knowing that everyone is getting what they need.
TimeBank New Brunswick is really an extension of what is already here in our lovely province – compassion. TimeBank by itself is just software, but the message of what this software represents already beats in our hearts.
Welcome to TimeBank New Brunswick. I think you’re going to like it here.