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?
Chamberlain Forum is working with Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) to organise an information session on the Localism Act and what it means for the voluntary sector in Sandwell. The session will be on Wednesday 15 February 2012 at SCVO offices in West Bromwich from 11am – 1pm. It will cover:- An introduction to [...]
‘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 [...]