WHAT WE DO
We are building community that values people over profit.
Timebanking is the practice of establishing labor time as a currency among people in a community. Members in a timebank simply agree to help each other out when possible and as needed. Every hour of help provided is calculated as an hour of community service work and therefore earns the provider one unit in the timebank. All hours earned are valued equally, regardless of the help provided. Our currency units are typically referred to as "hours" or "credits" by our members. Ex. " My account balance is +20 hours."
Timebanking 101: 1 hour of help = 1 currency unit earned
Timebanking offers an innovative way for people to connect and create a local sharing community that is based on abundance and trust. Our community continues to grow, as members invite coworkers, family, friends, and neighbors to share their time, skills, and resources with others. Nonprofit organizations and local businesses have also discovered creative ways to plug in and support us. Over the years, these diverse efforts have evolved into a more unified community-building grassroots initiative. We now have well over 200 members participating in the timebank.
Our motto for sustainable growth: "No money, no problems."
Membership in our timebank is (and will always) be money-free. The only exception to this is when money is given as a gift to us as an expression of gratitude (or when a member is tutoring another member's child on the physics of aerodynamics and folds a dollar into a paper plane in order to illustrate her point). But you get the idea, our recipe for economic well-being does not call for money, we just keep adding time and stir.
Membership is open and inclusive to residents in the Tallahassee area; it is not restricted by age, nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, citizenship, sex/sexual orientation, gender/gender orientation, political orientation, personality type, musical preferences, etc. A diversity of perspectives, tools, talents, approaches, skills, resources, abilities, expertise, and experiences are essential ingredients to the long term, sustainable success of a local sharing economy, so we strive to preserve and nurture diversity.
We equally strive to preserve and nurture our nonviolent community. Nonviolence is essential to individual freedom and liberation among equals in a long term, sustainable manner. Timebank members facilitate discussions and workshops on nonviolent communication (NVC) and conflict resolution for local activists groups. For more information on the NVC process, see our Learn More section.
How timebanking works.
Members can share requests for help based on whatever unmet needs they are experiencing. Some typical examples include requests for help with child care and tutoring, elderly care, pet care, home repair and construction project assistance, gardening and lawn care assistance, food preparation, event planning, website design, resume building, transportation assistance, help with running errands like groceries and laundry, heavy lifting, and so much more. At the same time, members can also share offers to help based on their own free time (availability) capabilities, skills, talents, and resources.
Networking among members happens in many different ways.
• By meeting other members at any of our community events (e.g. member potlucks and meal shares, free market days, tool-sharing and skill-sharing workshops, new member orientations & workshops, community service projects, disaster & emergency relief assistance initiatives, social events)
• By announcing a new request for help or offer to help online through your online (time)banking account in our Tallahassee hOurworld website
• By posting a new request for help or offer to help online through our Facebook group
Active members can then proactively search for opportunities to connect presently unmet needs (requests) with presently underutilized resources (offers). In other words, active members are pooling and sharing their time, skills, talents, resources, and creative problem solving capabilities to meet the immediate needs of anyone requesting help in our community as best we can (witness: the power of diversity in action). Members use the hourly currency units they have accumulated through helping members in the past to give as gifts to the members who are helping them out now or in the future.
Members share a "pay-it-forward" mentality.
Many of our members are simply seeking opportunities to help build and strengthen our local community; they often give their excess units as gifts to other members who may be needing to request help. In other words, our "wealthy" members are among the first to gift from their abundance of wealth to the newcomers in our economic system. Money system anxieties about debt slowly release their grip on the imagination of new members as they start to understand, trust, and embrace the practice. What remains is what arguably has been there all along: our human drive to reciprocate what has been done for us.
Our growing capacity to assist families burdened by unmet economic needs stems from member's generosity of attention, time, kindness, trust, passion, care, and compassion for others. Every hour of help exchanged in a timebank demonstrates the capacity of individuals to freely and nonviolently coordinate and create innovative solutions to complex economic and social problems.
What steps do I take to join?
Note: Thanks to the ingenuity and vision of hOurworld open source software engineers, we can now also download the hOurworld mobile app for free to our smart phone devices and record our timebanking transactions on the go. Learn more about hOurworld and it's expanding international network of neighbors helping neighbors (and download the app).
EDUCATION IS EMPOWERMENT
1. No More Throw-Away People
Authored by distinguished legal scholar, economist, and founder of the modern timebanking movement, Dr. Edgar S. Cahn, this book is noteworthy for how it explores the transformative impact of timebanking on contemporary money practices, economic (market) values, people, and communities.
WHO WE ARE
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Carmen Maria Marcous
Director / Founding Member
Mary Marcous is a student and teacher at Florida State University, where she is working on her doctoral research in philosophy. Mary is passionate about public service and education through direct action. Her ambition is to help alleviate the negative impact to others of circumstances of poverty, suffering, inequality, and oppression, while raising awareness about their root causes. Mary serves as managing director for our grassroots organization, leadership liaison for Transition Tallahassee, a grassroots hub of the international Transition Towns Movement, and as an executive team member for the international Philosophy of the City Research Group. Mary loves apples and leaves paths with seeds and stems.
Jim Ball / Helen Thrush
Founding Member / Community Liasons
Jim Ball works with Transition Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Timebank to help the community get ready for a new cooperative sharing economy that's all about prosperity and support for everyone. Jim has worked in marketing, magazine publishing, and radio broadcasting and he's fired-up about making the Tallahassee Timebank a powerful engine for our local economy. Jim resides with his loving and inspiring partner, Helen, and their two playful and adorable canine companions, Ginger and Doodle.
Daniel Parker is a lifelong public servant and writer, graduating from the Florida State University and spending time in Russia, Japan, England, Canada, and Central America. Daniel was a six-year Planning Commissioner for the Tallahassee-Leon County Florida Planning Commission, with nearly 18 years in government. Trained as an urban planner with a career in public health, Daniel worked in a leadership role to find improvements in the short term while steering focus toward long term, sustainable outcomes. Daniel has facilitated several classes on sustainable living and spoken at numerous venues on smarter growth policies. He lives with his wife and three children in Tallahassee, Florida.
Panhandle Action Network Liaison / Social Media Advocate
I am a retiree that fills my time with activism and just trying to make our city, state, country and world a better place. This is what makes ME happy! The Panhandle Action Network is a network of progressive volunteers who organize direct action for progressive chance in the areas of criminal justice reform, women's rights, immigration reform, racial justice, education, environmental justice, economic justice, LGBTQIA+ justice, voter's rights, and first amendment protections for free speech and freedom of the press. You can learn more about our efforts by visiting the Panhandle Action Network Facebook page.
Lending Libraries Liaison / Outreach Advocate
Interested in participating in Pat's current project to catalog, expand, increase awareness, and promote networking among lending library practices in the Tallahassee Area? Contact her at email@example.com to learn more, share your knowledge or resources, or join our efforts.
Rachel Leigh Peller
Community Liaison / Outreach Advocate
Community Liaison for The Plant / Outreach Advocate
The Plant is an all-inclusive collaborative space, where everyone is welcomed and empowered to organize, research, and encourage the free expression of others. The Plant is a not for profit venue and is operated by volunteers. Events held at The Plant are usually FREE but donations are encouraged. ALL AGES INVITED. See our Facebook monthly calendar and call first if you would like to meet with a Key Volunteer. Learn more about The Plant.
Sustainable Tallahassee Liaison / Community Liaison
Sustainable Tallahassee is an award winning non-profit that fosters environmental stewardship and economic vitality in Tallahassee. Sustainable Tallahassee is dedicated to promoting environmental, economic, and social sustainability through education and collaboration. Our work was initiated by a grant from the Knight Foundation, and is continued by membership dues, renewals, and private donations. Learn more about Sustainable Tallahassee.
Brian Lee / Kim Ross
ReThink Energy Florida Liaisons / Community Liaisons
Rethink Energy Florida is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to engaging and educating the public on energy issues. This includes the use of fossil fuels and the need for renewable energy and diminished energy consumption. Our mission is to engage, educate, and empower citizens to take action and achieve energy independence in a healthier, more sustainable environment. Learn more about ReThink Energy Florida.