Designer dresses; watching the football; or pizza, potato wedges and a litre of Coke – a treat can come in many forms, but the underlying value is the same. The secret of success in a consumer society is that there’s a price and a product for whatever you can afford: a £1000 Vivienne Westwood creation [...]
Making the most of what we have – the skills and time of residents – to make life better. That’s the object of neighbourhood timebanking. Chamberlain Forum is looking to support the development of neighbourhood timebanks as part of its Communities Managing Change project supported by Barrow Cadbury Trust. Representatives of neighbourhood groups and others [...]
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What makes a country, a city or a community wealthy? Behind the statistics about Gross Domestic Product and the balance of trade, rates of unemployment and inflation are… people. People who, for example, care for their loved ones. If you place an economic value on the care people provide – for free – in England, it dwarfs the budget for the NHS or the value added by Tesco and the big banks. Underlying the cash economy, then is a core economy. And its currency…. is time. But what infrastructure do we have for sharing use of time? Does the idea of ‘trading time’ help? Will communities, cities and countries with a developed time economy be wealthier, and healthier, than ones without?
‘The part can never be well unless the whole is well’ – Plato Timebanks take various forms, but it is arguable that all timebanks take a coproduction approach, intentionally or otherwise. They facilitate the efficient transfer of resources – time, skills, physical assets like meeting spaces, etc. – with the ultimate goal of producing positive [...]