Convener’s Blog

Oct 112013

Let’s Network – Do A Map Jam

A time bank is a perfect host for this kind of community building event that connects local resources. Use YOUR skill and knowledge to create a local MAP JAM.


Let’s work together to gather the contact information for the following organizations to share back with the network. Are you ready to help?
Very Small Local-Connections 2013-10-15

All it takes is a few people, couple of hours, one or two meetings, and a location with Wi-Fi to work from.

Who wants to organize this? Locations?  Anyone want to help me make this happening happen? Do some preliminary research too! And snacks!


Here is the link to the call for mapping projects:…/join-the-sharing-cities-network

Here’s a how-to article on mapping the sharing economy for reference, but we can do this however people want to.

If you want to discuss the above ideas, Contact Tony

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Oct 092013

A Time Bank community can’t be delivered to you like a pizza.

I wonder who cares at all about Co-Creating a community. Knitting and knowing your community is non-paid work,  and can only happen if you care and commit to do it together.

Our Time Bank is a member driven organization which needs every member’s participation to help keep it flourishing.  We are asking for each member to contribute at least 12 hours per year of community service to help administer T B M W per year. That’s one hour per month.

If you would like to participate more directly in TBMW’s growth, please choose one or more of the following functions you would work on. For any concerns contact or call 330-716-2722 to talk about the service gift you are willing to offer.

  1. Outreach, Membership Expansion, Help Administer Our Join Process Marketing / PR
  2. Organizational Membership Development (Merchant, Faith, School, etc.) Exchange Match Maker Team
  3. Connect Members with Ads & Requests
  4. Postmasters, Logging and Editing Exchanges between Members and for TBMW Events
  5. New Member Orientations Team, Help Conduct Introduction Sessions on Time Banking
  6. New Member Buddy (help new members navigate and learn about Time Banking)
  7. Newsletter Contributor, Article Writer, Editor
  8. Sunshine Committee Team, Greeters, Nurture Member Participation/Enthusiasm
  9. Assist with Writing and Editing Procedures, Member Guides, Handbooks, Training Materials
  10. Guardian Angel – Help Members without Internet Access
  11. Sharing Economy Support (help manage web pages, inventory lists, field questions)
  12. Event Committee Member, Help Develop and Promote Events
  13. Assist with Financial Reporting, Dues Management, and Fundraising Activities
  14. Deal Maker, Host and/or Provide Places/Locations for TBMW Events (meetings, potlucks, etc.)
  15. Assist Potluck Coordinator (theming, setup, meal prep, lead activities/games, cleanup, etc.)
  16. Support Team for Time & Talent database, Help Desk, Computer Buddy
  17. Contribute to TBMW’s Web Site Design, Add/Enhance Content
  18. Site Admin / Tech Team / CMS Customization / Featurization
  19. Participate on TBMW’s Management Team or the TBMW Management Advisory Board
  20. Otherwise – What’s your preference?

Together we’ll keep our community operating optimally for you and every member.
Thank you for helping TBMW serve you and our community better!

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The Tit-for-Tat List

 Posted by at 8:05 pm
Oct 052013
Guest Post by Marie
Attribution: Photo by   puuikibeac

I recently read this great article about “giving being
the secret to getting ahead.
” Before you dismiss this
as some sort of new-age fairy dust, this was a column
in the New York times describing the research of
Wharton business professor Adam Grant. The
observations in this article were very interesting
and mostly personal to the very-very-young Ph.D and
his rise to success. But in it was a take-away theme
of his new book “Give and Take” that I have been
thinking about ever since. Let me quote it here:

“Givers give without expectation of immediate gain; they never seem too busy to help, share credit actively and mentor generously. Matchers go through life with a master chit list in mind, giving when they can see how they will get something of equal value back and to people who they think can help them. And takers seek to come out ahead in every exchange; they manage up and are defensive about their turf. Most people surveyed fall into the matcher category — but givers, Grant says, are overrepresented at both ends of the spectrum of success: they are the doormats who go nowhere or burn out, and they are the stars whose giving motivates them or distinguishes them as leaders. Much of Grant’s book sets out to establish the difference between the givers who are exploited and those who end up as models of achievement. The most successful givers, Grant explains, are those who rate high in concern for others but also in self-interest. And they are strategic in their giving — they give to other givers and matchers, so that their work has the maximum desired effect; they are cautious about giving to takers; they give in ways that reinforce their social ties; and they consolidate their giving into chunks, so that the impact is intense enough to be gratifying. (Grant incorporates his field’s findings into his own life with methodical rigor: one reason he meets with students four and a half hours in one day rather than spreading it out over the week is that a study found that consolidating giving yields more happiness.)”

I have noticed this distinction between givers, takers, and matchers throughout my life. Lately, I have also come to the conclusion that it is an artificial distinction created in us by the monetary system with inbuilt scarcity in the construct of how we interrelate to others in almost all of our daily transactions. If I give, that is less for me, right? If I take, I win! Accumulation, the tit-for-tat thinking, and the mental checklist so many keep in their minds is undergirded by a fear of being made the chump, a wound of believing people are out to get the better of you; that people will point their fingers and laugh at you for your naivete. Because all economic life is a competition in our neo-liberal society, we think that this is just simply the way life is supposed to be. It isn’t.

Adam Grant’s research touches on the fact that our basic nature is to give, and that people respond to giving, sometimes in spite of themselves. And the givers themselves want to be free of the tit-for-tat accounting, the fear, the cynicism that comes with treating gifts and givers as commodities. Letting go of the accounting system in our minds is freedom. It feels good and natural to give.

Timebanking is not a perfect giving system, but it is a step in the right direction. The “accounting” takes place outside of your own mind and in Community Weaver, the timebanking software. With use of this software, I find people tend to let the accounting go. At first they record their hours diligently and carefully, but when the relationships are built and the connection strong, people start forgetting to record and giving happens without accounting at all. Timebanking also has the added advantage of being a system that identifies other givers in the community. The element of trust is already there, just by virtue of people taking the time to join a timebank. “Givers enjoy giving to other givers,” says Adam Grant. And when givers offer gifts to other givers, the magic and generosity is multiplied exponentially.

That is the magic of timebanking…trust, giving of gifts, receiving gifts and allowing your community to care for itself in the ebb and flow of living together. I’m working on banishing the tit-for-tat list from my mind through timebanking, and truthfully, it has become a whisper…almost imperceptible.

If you want to discuss the above ideas, Contact Tony

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