The Long Beach Time Exchange | Dec 1, 2013 | 02:00
The Habitat for Health (H4H) GAIA Fan Club (GFC) invities you to join our GAIA First Timebank. In order to explain how our time bank works, lets look at TimeBanks.org - 5 Core Values and I'll point out where H4H GAIA First Timebank differs.
The Five Core Values of TimeBanking
Every one of us has something of value to share with someone else.
The GAIA Fan Club difference is to place GAIA First in terms of sustainable outcomes for all concerned.
#2 Redefining Work
There are some forms of work that money will not easily pay for, like building strong families, revitalizing neighborhoods, making democracy work, advancing social justice. Time credits were designed to reward, recognize and honor people who do volunteer work.
The GFC difference is Ecological resource management from cradle to grave is valued to include upfront payment based on Economical forecasts from extraction, to sale. We aim to restore Eco-Eco relations with bottom up solutions.
Helping that works as a two-way street empowers everyone involved – the receiver as well as the giver. The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “Will you help someone too?” Paying it forward ensures that, together, we help each other build the world we all will live in.
The GFC difference is that GAIA's Ecological gifts are paid by GFC Members who use time bank methods of conversion to Economical exchange instruments.
#4 Social Networks
Helping each other, we reweave communities of support, strength & trust. Community is built by sinking roots, building trust, creating networks. By using time banking, we can strengthen and support these activities.
The difference is that Habitat for Health GAIA First Economics and Pay It Forward Methods functions as today's de facto upgrade to reconcile Ecological and Economical relations.
Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. We strive to respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.
The GFC difference is it also includes eco-eco respect by striving for the maximum benefit for all concern.
#6 Habitat for Health presents a 6th core value
A combination of human ecological stewards and capitalist economies of scale, time banking with exchange services that are elastic enough to convert H4H Membership time to capitalist forms of value has potential to live long and prosper in less stressful ways.
- Ecology and economics has never been so far apart as it is today. H4H recognizes many kinds of Eco-Eco independence and interdependence. The content we publish and projects now underway helps bridge identified gaps between competing ideologies.
- Time banking can be used to manage individual productivity without debt, bargain for time value when negotiating exchange and make our planet a better place to live. GAIA First Economics and Pay It Forward Methods functions as today's de facto upgrade to reconcile Ecological and Economical relations.
- The power of the individual to shape the course of history may be one of the most underdeveloped of all natural resources. It is only by the agreement of individuals that the complex relations between government, business, and people have produced the benefits of a developed, multicultural society.
"Our world must change, not from the top down, but from the bottom up. By communicating environmental, consumer, and business positions, participants get a voice for change."
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