- Comment by Ruth Dineen on July 4, 2013 at 17:10
More good news!
The Welsh Government’s Building Resilient Communities strategy published a couple of days ago makes explicit reference to timebanking and to the need for a co-produced approach to service design and delivery by Communities First.Best bits are:Critically each Cluster has a Community Involvement Plan which shows how local people and community organisations will be central in planning and delivering work with other key partners working with them supporting all aspects of the programme. There is an emphasis on tackling the needs identified by the communities themselves…
The development of time banking within the Communities First programme can support active volunteering in communities and rewards people with time credits. Timebanking is being undertaken in a number of Clusters and is being further supported by a project jointly funded by Interreg. The project will support 12 Clusters and will further develop this model of working with local businesses, service providers and other funders.
Several Time bankers are thinking and talking about the use of empty space. Here’s my 2 or 3 cents of research, I trust that you will find it useful and a good read, I did. 🙂
From Dante-Gabryell Monson:
This is a list of spaces , which may correspond to the spirit.
As for names for such approaches,
Connectivism may be one of such learning approaches ?
From Ruth Dineen:
A Co-Production Process Map
Complimentary Currency and Sustainable Civic Engagement
The time currency application developed at the Wales Institute for Community Currencies (WICC) by Geoff Thomas, advocates time banking as a mutual mechanism to advance citizen engagement. The challenge for agencies and social activists is how to rebuild active creative communities – to finance and revitalize the involvement of citizens in communities by addressing new ways to replenish the diminishing stock of positive social capital.
Geoff’s model using Person to Agency Time Banking primarily rebuilds the relationship between community and agencies. Community organizations invite community members not to be passive recipients of community services, but to help actively deliver them, to run the community cafes, to transfer learning, to run support groups, after school clubs, bingo nights and comedy events.
Welsh timebanks work a little differently to the traditional timebank model in that they are ‘hosted’ within public and community agencies. Community members are then invited to actively engage and take ownership of public services rather than being passive recipients. The ‘host’ agency acts as the central bank and acknowledges members for their time with credits. These credits can be spent and used at Time Out venues to access social, cultural and educational activities on a quid pro quo hourly basis.
For every active hour that a community member ‘gives’ to the community organization is an hour which can be used to access community events, trips and services.
The results are dramatic, levels of active engagement rapidly increase, negative social problems decrease and the negative cycles of dependency and inactivity begin to unravel.
Like Edgar Cahn, Geoff Thomas hadn’t discovered active citizenship; he simply found a modern language for it, money for the civil society, that of Person to Agency Time Banking. Learn more at Time for Communities and Wales Institute for Community Currencies (WICC)