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Time

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”.

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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.

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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

Social centres

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-27 10:45 -

Self-managed spaces whereby people can come together to create, communicate and offer a more collective and alternative way of living.

LETS

Auteur : Lorna - Publié le : 2013-05-23 09:14 -

Local Exchange Trading Systems

Time Banks

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-23 09:05 -

Time banking is a means of exchange in a community, where time, not money, is the principal currency.

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    Cozinha Popular da Mouraria

    Auteur : Claudia Coimbra - Publié le : 2013-08-26 10:36 -

    Cozinha Popular ("People's Kitchen") da Mouraria is a social project designed to revitalise the multicultural community of Mouraria in Lisbon, promoting the sharing of experiences, building community and providing employment and access to food for those in need.

    Allotments and their support to young people

    Auteur : Malou Weirich/Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-08-22 09:09 -

    Cold Barn farm is a centre for youth activity, which is dedicated to children and young people and making a difference in their lives. The allotment project started in 2006 when a group of young people showed an interest in growing their own vegetables.

    Intergenerational job skills training

    Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-08-01 15:25 -

    A 4 months job training opened to unemployed (young) persons where volunteered retired professionals can provide them with practical/concrete skills.

    Bring and Fix

    Auteur : Philippe Granger/Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-06-04 07:39 -

    Bring & Fix events are intergenerational community fairs where people share their skills and knowledge freely with each other to 'fix' problems (material and non-material), recycle and reduce waste. The aim is to stimulate sustainability and contribute towards generating resilient and empowered communities in the locality.

    Rushey Green Time Bank

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-21 08:15 -
    Picture courtesy of Rushey Green Time Bank

    Time Banking is a community development tool and works by facilitating the exchange of skills and experience within a community. The Rushey Green Time Bank's vision is to achieve a cohesive community in the Rushey Green area, where neighbours know neighbours and can rely on each other for help and support. Where people of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and abilities interact with each other on an equal footing and with mutual respect and understanding.

    L’accorderie

    Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-07 08:02 -

    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 Co-working

    Auteur : alessandra sciurba - Publié le : 2013-04-26 13:14 -

    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.

    Shared Condominium

    Auteur : alessandra sciurba - Publié le : 2013-04-26 12:58 -

    Confabitare, an association of residents of condominiums, owners or tenants, organised within a single project of two actions: 1 - Organisation within the condominium of a shared food expenditure through a condominium purchasing group. 2 - Sharing of caring needs for the elderly through a shared "care worker" of the condominium.

    Start a Repair Café

    Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-04-19 12:57 -

    THE REPAIR CAFE CONCEPT IS SPREADING AROUND THE WORLD!

    Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they're all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera.You will also find repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanics. Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café.

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