Here's a message from the Share Tompkins listserve about a unique opportunity to help with a sustainable initiative:
As some of you know, a small group has been quietly working on bringing time banking to our region. For those that don't know, time banking offers a way to give and receive goods and services without having to pay cash. Exchanges of favors are made via membership in the system and everyone's hour is valued at the same rate, regardless of the service provided. This enables the exchanges to be tax free. The scope of services that people employ through these systems is truly staggering, and the connections made between community members who otherwise might never cross paths is inspiring. Time banking is simply and elegantly social justice and community building at its best!
Our group has done much of the heavy lifting, including identifying and implementing software (see hourworld.com for more, and look for the links to several good media pieces that have recently come out about this topic). We need to expand our number of volunteers at this time to get ourselves ready for prime time! Our goal is to offer memberships in the spring. For now, we are looking for people with a bit of time and passion for this endeavor. If this sounds like you, kindly reach out to me via email.
The words of the old CSN&Y song haunt me. We can change the world, rearrange the world. It's dying....to get better.