What Is Timebanking?

Timebanking is a kind of money. Give one hour of service to another, and receive one time credit.

Everyone has value to others. Everyone has needs.

Timebanking builds communities of people who support eachother.

One Hour of Service = One Timedollar.

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Learn About Timebanking

Get the basics of how Timebanking works & learn more about how you can get involved.

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TimeBanking Philosophies

Read more about the Philosophies ofTimebanking and the two economies.

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See a Timebank In Action

The video below, created by the Long Beach timebank beautifully shows how the place-based, neighbor-helping-neighbor model of timebanking works.

The Five Core Values of TimeBanking

Edgar Cahn is the founder of modern timebanking. He noticed that successful timebanks almost always work with some specific core values in place. In his book No More Throw-Away People, he listed four values.  Later, he added a fifth. These have come to be widely shared as the five core values of timebanking – and most timebanks strive to follow them. They are a strong starting point for successful timebanking.

 Every one of us has something of value to share with someone else.

Redefining Work There are some forms of work that money will not easily pay for, like building strong families, revitalizing neighborhoods, making democracy work, advancing social justice. Time credits were designed to reward, recognize and honor that work.

Reciprocity Helping that works as a two-way street empowers everyone involved – the receiver as well as the giver.
The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “Will you help someone too?”  Paying it forward ensures that, together, we help each other build the world we all will live in.

Social Networks Helping each other, we reweave communities of support, strength & trust. Community is built by sinking roots, building trust, creating networks. By using timebanking, we can strengthen and support these activities.

Respect Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. We strive to respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.

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