Money is one of the most powerful inventions that mankind
has ever made.
We now have credit, debit, frequent flyer and store cards. All
of these new and different kinds of currencies make it even
easier for us to have the things we want and if used with care
they work well. But there are parts of our life where they do
Families and friends do not charge each other for goods and
services. This is our priceless ability to care where we learn
the advantages of sharing, of giving and receiving.
When we meet up with the friends of our friends, with distant
cousins, with local trustworthy tradesmen or even with
passers-by in the street we often enjoy a friendly exchange
and random acts of kindness.
This is neighbourhood at its best and research has shown over
and over again that it is an essential part of our health and
wellbeing…but it is under threat. The bonds that hold local
neighbourhoods together are weakening fast and this is why so
many people are turning to timebanking.
Timebanking operates a new community currency based on time
that once in circulation feels every bit as real, and as
useful, as the cash in our pockets.
It connects people to a stream of goodwill and practical
support. It encourages people to share their skills locally
and is a surefire way to bring back neighbourhood, whether
there are 20, 200 or 2000 of you. So don’t let one of the best
things in life pass you by. Enrich yourself and your
neighbourhood with the goodwill, care and compassion that
comes with timebanking.