Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jobless Bank On Their Best Resource: Time

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In Betsy Leondar-Wright’s kitchen, it smells good. She is packing up grilled tilapia with sesame seeds, quinoa and spinach that she is delivering to a woman she barely knows in Cambridge.
“Usually I just cook for Jan,” Leondar-Wright says. “She needs a steady cook and I need steady time trade hours so it’s a very, very good arrangement.”
 
On cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 receiving end is Jan Innes, in Cambridge, who says cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 transaction has “been a tremendous boon” for her. Innes has some inhibiting health issues but, she says, “cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re’s lots of things I can do for ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r people and I can get cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 things I need from time trade.”
 
Innes needs cooked meals and rides to appointments. But what Innes has to offer — sewing, primarily — Leondar-Wright doesn’t need.

Instead, Leondar-Wright says she has “saved so much time and tedium with all cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se great laid-off high-tech workers” who have helped her with data entry and analysis for her sociology dissertation.
While cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365se high-tech workers probably prefer a paying job, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y too turn to time banking to get cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 things cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y need for trade. The system is Time Trade Circle, a concept born more than 20 years ago and is now in 25 states.

The Greater Boston iteration started four years ago with seven people, but its membership has grown significantly. Membership in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Cambridge circle has doubled since cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 fall — to more than 500 people — and time banks also exist in Rockport, Lynn and western Massachusetts.

Cambridge Time Trade Circle founder Kacá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rine Ellin says rising unemployment has swelled enrollment. “People that are losing jobs feel cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y have more time than money,” Ellin says. “They want to do something that feels worthwhile. For those people I think it’s sort of a complementary economy.”

While bartering is a one-to-one exchange, time banking is a Web site in which members log hours and choose from hundreds of services. Whecá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 desired service is computer help, child care or hedge trimming, each hour is valued cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 same.

At a recent orientation meeting for new time traders in Jamaica Plain, about 50 people showed up, all with individual services to offer.

One had a car and would run errands or drive someone to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 airport. Anocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r could cook Mexican food or teach Spanish. A third could help with fundraising and social networking.

After cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 orientation, everyone joined in a potluck dinner, which was like cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 crowd — primarily vegetarian, organic and homemade. Looking around, Carol Moses, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 orientation and outreach coordinator, says cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Time Trade Circle attracts community-minded people.

“It’s really an interesting spread,” Moses says. “We see some very young people who are in green organizations or people who decide not to use cars. We also have retired people. We recently have seen people who are unemployed. On our form we ask, ‘How did you hear about cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 time bank?’ and somebody recently said, ‘My job counselor referred me.’ ”

New member Renee Toll-DuBois, from Cambridge, is unemployed and plans to use cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 exchange to get things done for free. But she also likes that this bank builds a community.

“Sitting in here and hearing people wanting to share, ‘Oh, I speak German,’ ‘Oh, world music sounds great.’ ‘Oh, tour guide, oh food!’ And it got very exciting in here,” Toll-DuBois says.

As cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 economy improves, time traders say cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y don’t expect to cash out of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 time bank. The online community cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y have discovered is like moving into a neighborhood where it is socially acceptable to ask for help because you are contributing as well.

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