Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 42 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
Life Arts    H3'ed 1/31/16

Towards A Just and Equitable Economy Exemplified by United Kingdom's Time Bank Initiative

Follow Me on Twitter     Message Burl Hall

The website, "Hourworld" introduces the time banking model as follows

We are social architects who believe people are the true wealth of the world as their talents gracefully flow out to the benefit of all. We are grounded in the principles of simplicity and abundance and in the joy of giving and receiving. It is our desire to help the reclamation of local community prosperity by providing gifts of time, training and tools in a pay it forward model within the Hour Exchange networks of Hourworld.

The United States is not the only country where people are fostering local economies. There are also groups in the United Kingdom who are involved in fostering localized, resilient economies that use hour exchanges as "pay."

This is an important piece to my series regarding local economies here in the States. We are not the only ones fostering local economies. The Mid-Maine Time Bank, which I have reported on, is not isolated. Nor are other Time Banks in the United States isolated in the world.

The movements of Transition Town, Permaculture and Time Banks are much larger than what people realize. These are huge movements; yet continue to receive very little coverage by the media. Why?

I believe that with Transition, Permaculture and, especially Time Banks, many readers and writers on OpEd are not aware of the extent of the evolution going on in our world. Why are they not aware? My sense is that the media does not report on these "goings on".

Why? The answer is inherent in the next question. "Who owns the media?" You know the old saying, "Follow the money!" Could it be because the media is controlled and funded by megalithic corporations that are worldwide? Of course! It could also be that internet media like OpEd take the cap off the bottleneck of information and let the information flow freely.

Perhaps we are on the "cusp" of an evolution. No more revolutions, which entail circular motions. What we need is an evolution fostering a movement away from thousands of years of conditioning regarding how we look at economy. In today's world, we need to reclaim the eco in the term ecology, which speaks to the environment.

Do you consider the time you spend doing something worthwhile? That's the philosophy of Time Banks.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

Burl Hall Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact EditorContact Editor
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Physicist Tom Campbell's Big TOE or Theory of Everything

Through Music and Story Telling: Makana Speaks

Beyond Monsanto: Rekindling a Healthy Earth in the Face of Corporate Farming

Sex as Natural Process: A Primary Step to Healing Alienation?

Corporate Psychopaths Housing Senior Citizens: A Personal Editorial

Rob Kall's Vision: A Transcript of His Interview With Envision This!

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend