The benefits of “time” as a resource are multi-fold, and free-of-charge in many cases. By using and taking our time in the everyday, it is possible to achieve many things – greater community, inclusion, or just happier environments in general – as well as to fulfil specific needs. Nevertheless, many people in contemporary Europe regard time differently; it is something that is to be beaten or combatted in a sort of “race against time”.
Time is a resource however, just like any other “tool” we use to get from point A to point B. The mind, money, physical tools (cars, computers, etc.) are all resources, but if not used in conjunction with time, what can be accomplished? What is also important to keep in mind is how, and for whom, this resource that is “time” could be used in a beneficial manner to society.
Concepts such as Time banks, Social centres and LETS (local exchange and trading systems), although each differs from the other, all use time in a resourceful, meaningful way. This reconfiguration of time creates communities that no longer need to rely solely on financial means to survive. Rather, many people, particularly those with financial constraints, are using “time” as a principal resource.
Below are actions that give evidence of the resourcefulness of time. What must also be remembered is that these specific employments of time can be a means to avoiding waste, building & sharing community, fostering social inclusion and improving the well-being of people overall. In short, time is no longer just “of the essence” but more is the essence.
- Picture by Emram Kassim
Please FIND listed below examples of ACTIONS (in orange) and POLICIES (in green) that have been collected with regard to TIME.
Using "Time" as a resource
Self-managed spaces whereby people can come together to create, communicate and offer a more collective and alternative way of living.
Time banking is a means of exchange in a community, where time, not money, is the principal currency.
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A 4 months job training opened to unemployed (young) persons where volunteered retired professionals can provide them with practical/concrete skills.
An Accorderie aims to develop a network of exchange of services that is accessible to anyone wanting to improve their living conditions - in particular their socioeconomic level – while fighting against poverty and social exclusion.
Re Federico is a co-working space that experiments with new forms of economic collaboration. Development of a collective incubator of network enterprise in the cultural and environmental education areas.Page: 1/2