Tucson Time Traders
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2018 March 22  -  "Equal-Hours Equinox" Timebank Potluck

Thursday evening 6:00 to 7:30 pm  (iCal download or subscribe)
at Woods Memorial Library, in the large meeting room, follow the big-T signs
3455 N First Ave, Tucson AZ 85719 (south of Prince)  (google map)

Tucson Timebank community meeting & potluck.  Presentation and discussion about timebanking with coordinators and members of Tucson Timetraders.  Please bring your laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone to use the website.  You can also bring your dinner or something to share if you like.

Free and open to the public, families / kids welcome, carpooling / rides may be available.

( exact spring equinox is two days before, march 20 tuesday 9:15 am mst )

Hi everyone!  It's been pretty quiet here, but Tucson Timetraders is alive and well.  Whenever there are timebank meetings and events we'll list them here, and there's also an iCal - click to download or subscribe.

Do you have a project or group of friends ready to start timebanking?  Next step is for each person to sign up and we'll get back to you ASAP.

Any questions?  Your friendly timebank coordinators are often online to answer questions and help members with the website.  You can email metasofa.org(at)gmail.com or chat with us on the community blog (log in above).

"Office hours" by appointment - these are best dates to meet with coordinators in-person or by phone,

  June 3 thru 7 (Sun-Thu) and June 18 thru 22 (Mon-Fri) afternoons & evenings
  July 3 thru 7 (Tue-Sat) and July 18 thru 22 (Wed-Sun) afternoons & evenings
  Aug 1 thru 5 (Wed-Sun) and Aug 16 thru 20 (Thu-Mon) afternoons & evenings
  Aug 31 thru Sep 3 (Fri-Mon) afternoons & evenings...

updated 2018 Jun 3  

For lots of great information about timebanking from around the world, check out the new Knit-a-Network Timebank Knowledge Commons.  Also see our TB-KC Library mirror site and Links & Resources below.

Across the US and around the world, Timebanking has proven to be of benefit in a multitude of diverse applications, especially at a grassroots level - person-to-person and neighbor-to-neighbor services, social services and support resources, neighborhood infrastructure, cooperatives and local businesses - thereby strengthening local communities and economies.

Timebanking is about acknowledging and crediting the invisible / core economy, building community, including older, younger, and disabled folks, and providing an economic buffer for mainstream working folks during recession.  Timebanking is something everyone can do right now to strengthen your local community and economy.

Timebanking is a good way for us to notice and appreciate the everyday assistance we give each other and often take for granted - rides, errands, childcare, eldercare, cooking, cleaning, fixing, mending, advice, tutoring, coaching, listening... with our families, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  This type of work is actually the "core economy" - often invisible, but an essential part of the whole economy - nothing could happen without it!  Please join us in re-defining work and appreciating the true foundation of our wealth.

Membership in our timebank is free and open to everyone, and participation is growing slowly but surely... currently we have 230 members, including 5 organizations.  See the word cloud below to get an idea of what we're trading & sharing.

Our website is a live-online member-based community directory for finding people, services offered and wanted, and other resources.  The software is easy to use, and it's securely accessible with standard web browsers on all desktop and laptop computers, tablets, ipads, iphones and androids.

Members can log in at the top of this page.  If you're not already a member, you can sign up below.

updated 2016 Apr 20  
What Is A Time Bank?

A Timebank is a group of people who trade an hour of work for an hour of work - everyone's time is valued equally.  The hours are recorded in the timebank software so we can trade them around the timebank community.  Timebanking is a great way for people to exchange assistance and help build healthy communities.

Core Values

We are all assets – Every human being has something to contribute.

Redefining work – Some work is beyond price.  We need to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, make the planet sustainable.  This kind of work needs to be honored, recorded, and rewarded.

Reciprocity – Helping works better as a two-way street.  "How can I help you?" becomes "How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?"

Community – We need each other... people helping each other reweave networks of support, strength and trust.  Communities are stronger than individuals, and community is built on mutual respect, trust, and commitment.

Respect – Every human being matters.  Respect is a foundation for freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and supplies the heart and soul of democracy.

Please join us...

Membership in our timebank is free, and open to everyone.  Sign up online with the new member application form below, and come to an orientation meeting.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.  For general information and videos about timebanking, see links and resources at the bottom of this page.

What we're trading & sharing...
Here are some popular keywords from our timebank member profiles.  The colors are a spectrum from more offered ...to... equally offered+wanted ...to... more wanted...   (also see news notes above)
accounting advanced advice agriculture algebra alternative applications appointments art assistance babysitting backyard baking basic beginning better bicycle big bike blog book broken building business calendar car care carpentry cat change childcare class cleaning cloud coaching college comfortable community companion composting computer conservation construction consulting conversational cooking counseling cover crafts creative dance data entry design development digging digital dinner discussion dog drawing driving editing education electrical elementary email endeavors energy english enjoy equipment errands events excel experience facility family find food free freezer french furniture garden gas general give go good grant great green groceries group guide guitar haircuts handyman happy hard harvesting health heavy hiking holistic home house housework housing improvements informal information inside installation instruction intermediate internet issues items jazz jobs kids knowledge labor landscaping laptop large learning lessons level library life light live local location love maintenance make management manual massage materials math meals media medicine meditation meetings mending mosaic movie moving music natural nature neighborhood neighbors networking nice nonprofit office oil online open organic organization organizing painting people permaculture person personal pet phone photos physical piano pickup place planning planting play plumbing pollution post practice preparation presentations production professional projects proofreading provide psychology rainwater reading recording removal repair research resources respite restoration rides running school self seniors services sewing share shopping short show sign simple site sitting skills small software solar someone space spanish speak start studio stuff suggestions supplies sustainable system talk tax teach techniques thanks therapy things think time timebank together topics town trailer training transportation tree trimming trips troubleshooting truck tucson tutoring tv typing urban using value variety vegetables video volunteers walking water website welding windows word work workshops write writing yard yardwork yoga

updated 2016 Feb 15  
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Contact Us!

Email metasofa.org(at)gmail.com

Post a web message directly to metasofa.org

Chat with us on the community blog  (log in above)

Come to an orientation potluck  (see calendar above)

Sign up on the form above  (it automatically emails us too)

Your friendly timebank coordinators are often online to answer questions and help members with the website.  You can send email or chat with us on the community blog.  For best times to meet with coordinators in-person or talk on the phone, please see "office hours" on the events calendar.

If you have a project or group of friends ready to start timebanking, the next step is for each person to sign up here and we'll get back to you ASAP  (it automatically emails us when you sign up)

The website is always available for timebank members 24/7 from anywhere on the internet.  You can log in at the top of this page.  (not already a member?  sign up on the form above)

Secure login is now required for all members, not just coordinators.  When you log in, it's normal and good for your browser to give a security warning because our security certificate is "self-signed".  No worries, that's OK for this website, just go forward until you are logged in!  If you have any problems, please contact us.  For more info and best security setup, see Metasofa Certificate Authority.

Also see Links & Resources below for videos & information on timebanking.

Links & Resources
Short Videos

PBS Newshour - Help Stretch Dollars in Recession
(7-minute video, mp3, & transcript, Portland Maine, Nov 2010)

ABC News Good Morning America - Pay It Forward
(3-minute youtube, New York, March 2009)

Echo Park Time Bank - Members Tell Their Stories
(5-minute youtube, Los Angeles, Jan 2010)

Lathrup Village Time Bank - Discover Timebanking
(4-minute youtube, Michigan, April 2010)

More In-depth

Bernard Lietaer on creating a balanced view
(3-minute video, Nov 2012, from the Money & Life movie)

Edgar Cahn, founder of Time Banking
(6-minute youtube, The Jon Snow Interviews, UK, March 2005)

Stephanie Rearick, Dane County Timebank
(24-minute video from The Economics of Peace conference,
Sonoma California, Oct 2009)

For more videos & information, go to
the Knit-a-Network Timebank Knowledge Commons Library
Partners & Collaborators

Tucson Timetraders owes many thanks to
Sustainable Tucson, the Comfy Metasofa, and TimeBanks USA

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