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Time-based currency

In economics, a time-based currency is an alternative currency where the unit of exchange is the person-hour. Some time-based currencies value everyone’s contributions equally: one hour equals one service credit. In these systems, one person volunteers to work for an hour for another person; thus, they are credited with one hour, which they can redeem for an hour of service from another volunteer. Critics charge that this would lead to fewer doctors or dentists. Other systems, such as Ithaca Hours, let doctors and dentists charge more hours per hour.[citation needed] Early time-based currency exchanges[edit] Edgar S. Time Dollars[edit] Time Banks[edit] Time banking[edit] Time banking is a pattern of reciprocal service exchange that uses units of time as currency. Origins and philosophy[edit] According to Edgar S. As a philosophy, time banking also known as Time Trade[33] is founded upon five principles, known as Time Banking's Core Values:[34] Ideally, time banking builds community. Dr.

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Update: Transition Streets & Community Resilience Challenge A growing collaboration of local Transition groups, talented volunteers, expert advisers, and TUS staff has come together to bring the powerful neighborhood-scale Transition Streets program to the US. Currently 14 local groups are piloting Transition Streets in communities across the US, and we’ve received great feedback on how impactful the program has been—for learning household energy and water-saving tips, implementing cost saving strategies, and for building a real sense of community among neighbors. We’re excited for the public launch of Transition Streets this May, and we’d appreciate your help in making it a huge success! Here’s what you could do:

Think Like a Commoner Getting to the heart of the permaculture ethic of fair shares, David Bollier's book provides an excellent primer on the theory and practice of the commons, a bottom-up vehicle for "social and political emancipation and societal transformation." In the process he expands our imaginations to reclaim the wrongly-maligned word, 'commoner', outlining a budding revolution which most of us are already part of, whether we realise it or not. A commons, standing outside of the spheres of market and state, consists of "working, evolving models of self-provisioning and stewardship that combine the economic and the social, the collective and the personal." While many might associate discussion of the commons with historical events such as the enclosure movement, Bollier brings commons theory right into the present age. R.

Webinar: Evaluation for Community Food Projects Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Location: Permaculture. The Future of Business and Beyond. An Interview Compilation (PVP081) Podcast: Play in new window | Download “You, as a food buyer, have the distinct privilege of proactively participating in shaping the world your children will inherit.” Joel Salatin This episode is a compilation of interviews that I recorded during PV1 – March 13-16, 2014. The general theme of this episode is how business can benefit from permaculture. How we as the permaculture community can positively impact the future of business.

9 Things America Needs to Understand About Native Values Values and integrity have always been respected by traditional Native peoples, but when colonization forced its way onto this land, dishonesty and treachery took a terrible toll. Even many mainstream Americans are tired of it, but still don’t understand where they went wrong. Here’s a sample of things mainstream America needs to understand—add your own in the comments. Honesty and Integrity Farmstead Chef - Harvest Haystacks: The Ultimate Community Meal There’s nothing better than a rural road trip with a mystery dish. During our wanderings last weekend around Goshen, Ind., we visited the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale, where tried haystacks for the first time. This weekend event featured an auction and sale raising several hundred thousand dollars for the group’s international peace and justice work, but on Friday night food reigned king. Mashall King, a foodie friend and managing editor at The Elkhart Truth, helped us navigate the booths of tempting homemade food run by local Mennonite churches. The haystack food tent drew us in, as the concept was so simple yet completely new to us—the perfect meal for a large-crowd fundraiser.

10 Steps to a Healthier Community through Social Marketing Community-based social marketing (CBSM) encourages individuals to make life changes that are good for them and their community. Rather than trying to get people to buy cereal or a car, social marketers encourage them to do things like share more, reduce food waste, or stop smoking. Recently, the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum hosted a webinar on social marketing featuring Amanda Godwin from Colehour + Cohen who explained how to implement CBSM techniques to achieve lasting behavior change within communities. Her advice is highly relevant to citizens and city officials who want to encourage more sharing where they live. How to Start a Bike Kitchen Photo credit: the Bike Farm in Portland, Oregon. Follow @CatJohnson on Twitter A bike kitchen is a place for people to repair their bikes, learn safe cycling, make bicycling more accessible, build community, and support sustainable transportation by getting more people on bikes. Most bike kitchens have tools, parts, mechanics, and a community of knowledgeable cyclists. Around the world there are thousands of bike kitchens -- also known as bike churches, bike collectives and bike coops -- and more popping up all the time (see maps here). For those interested in starting a bike kitchen in your town, we’ve rounded up the essentials of getting started, from finding the right space and volunteers, to raising money, getting the word out, defining community guidelines, and creating a space that is accessible and welcoming to all.

A Resilient Response to Our Planetary Crisis: From Ecological Collapse to Community Resilience On March 27 I gave the closing keynote presentation (!) at the CSU-Chico “This Way to Sustainability” Conference, now in its 10th year. The conference theme was on “Building Resilient Communities,” and my talk shared a nature-based, people-powered response to the converging ecological and economic crises we face as humanity on this planet. You can view the presentation or read my notes (almost a transcript, with links to additional resources) below. Thank you! I’m honored to be here and grateful to the conference organizers for giving me the opportunity to be here today. How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization By Annalee Newitz Roughly 9,000 years ago, humans had mastered farming to the point where food was plentiful. Populations boomed, and people began moving into large settlements full of thousands of people. And then, abruptly, these proto-cities were abandoned for millennia. It’s one of the greatest mysteries of early human civilization.

we're bringin' farming back What does is take to be a game changer in the 21st century? We set out on a mission to find out. All of these people possess the same qualities. While you may or may not agree with them, you can't deny that they all push every single day to change the status quo. They have changed both the conversation around food and the way with which we do it. They are the leaders, the people who are pushing our industry forward, who chose to do it in the beginning not because of some greater gain but because they saw a future where things could be different.