Timebanking is based on the idea that every person’s time is equally valuable. I propose that, for 1-2 years, KC local government provide financial and resource support for a local KC Timebank to be formed, grown and maintained in order to help meet the gaps felt in our communities (both financial and social).
WHY a TimeBank? The reality is that Kansas City and its citizens will not likely recoup the current (or future) costs associated with the pandemic and nationwide stay-at-home orders. We need to find a way to suspend some costs while we work to catch up. Because of that, moreso than ever, a strong social network could mean the difference between flailing, surviving or thriving for individuals, and for cities.
WHAT a TimeBank looks like: during my time on the West Coast, I was blessed to participate in active and responsive timebanks where I helped with others’ art projects, events, gardening projects, community gatherings, etc. In exchange for each hour I helped someone else I was able to "purchase" individual and group lessons on various topics (i.e. guitar playing), or gather excess supplies for projects, get rides to and from events/the airport, and more...all for the cost of my time. But more than that I gained a community of individuals, businesses and organizations that I knew I could rely on if I needed help. At their best, TimeBanks support resiliency among its participants: it empowers them to do more than they could on their own, and to help improve the lives of their neighbors.
TimeBanks are proven to work and, even with social distancing, are benefiting people in cities across the country as we speak.
WHEN could it be implemented? Immediately.
WHO could participate? Individuals, businessess and organizations can participate.
HOW much would it cost? The cost of TimeBanking software, promotions & hosting regular gatherings.