Time-based currency

Time-based currency

In economics, a time-based currency is an alternative currency where the unit of exchange is the person-hour.

Time-based currencies value everyone’s contributions equally. One hour equals one service credit. In these systems, one person volunteers to work for an hour for another person; thus, they are credited with one hour, which they can redeem for an hour of service from another volunteer.

Time Dollars

Time Dollars are created via mutual credit: Each transaction is recorded as a corresponding credit and debit in the accounts of the participants. In a Time Dollars system, or Time Bank, each participant's time is valued equally, whether he/she is a novice or an extensively trained expert. Time Dollars thus recognize and encourage reciprocal community service, resist inflation without encouraging hoarding, and are in sufficient supply, which enables trade and cooperation among participants. More importantly, the Time Bank is a tool for reweaving the very fabric of community. The tool has proven to be extremely flexible, working equally well across ethnic, socioeconomic, religious or racial groups. It has been implemented in a wide variety of settings - rural Appalachia, urban St. Louis, in Youth Court, and in retirement communities, to name a few.

Time banks

Edgar Cahn came up with Time Dollars as "a new currency to provide a solution to massive cuts in government spending on social welfare. If there was not going to be enough of the old money to fix all the problems facing our country and our society", Edgar reasoned, "why not make a new kind of money to pay people for what needs to be done? Time Dollars value everyone’s contributions equally. One hour equals one service credit."Fact|date=December 2007 Cahn wrote two books, "Our Brother’s Keeper" and "No More Throw-Away People".

The largest and most active Time Bank in the United States is the Portland Time Bank (PortlandTimeBank.org) in Maine, offering startup training and comprehensive offline/online time bank management software.In the United Kingdom the plans are called "timebanking, time banks" and "hour banks." There are reported to be 75 plans running in the UK, with 30 operating in Greater London. They are promoted as a tool in community regeneration.

The IOU of Lovely

The micronation of Lovely set up by Danny Wallace uses this type of currency known as the Interdependent Occupational Unit (IOU). These have been given out by posting on the country's site's message boards. However, no use of these IOUs have been announced.

ee also

*Labour-time voucher
*Local currency
*Time Banking
*Fureai Ticket System
*Ripple monetary system
*List of economics topics
*Cincinnati Time Store
*Ithaca Hours
*Fourth Corner Exchange

External links

* [http://patrickstrange.deviantart.com/art/Time-Dollars-1-Inside-Cover-16736669 Time Dollars comic book]
* [http://www.valueforpeople.co.uk Value For People] Community Currency, Time Banking and Co-Production specialists
* [http://www.londontimebank.org.uk/ The London Timebank Network]
* [http://f2f.uni.cc/trust_metrics_f2f_money/ Adding simple and effective trust measurements to F2F P2P networks] is a paper about using a Time-based currency for trust in F2F P2P computer networks.
* [http://www.kroonos.com/ Kroonos.com] Time currency project, created in Spain.
* [http://cromalternativemoney.org Crom Time Bank] is a clear and understandable simplicity. Crom Time Bank belongs to all the people of the world.

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