Timebanking Ireland (.IE)…


Welcome to the Timebanking Ireland website. This website has been setup to help roll out Timebanking in Ireland, via the Time and Talents software platform developed by our partners hOurworld. We are committed to helping anyone across Ireland start their own local Timebanks  and to guide them onto the next steps.

How Timebanks Work


TimeBanking is a medium of exchange. Like money. Except that it was purpose-built — designed in 1980 by TimeBanking founder Edgar Cahn to reward “decency, caring, and a passion for justice”.

The idea is simple: I earn a time credit by doing something for you. It doesn’t matter what that “something” is. You turnaround and earn a time credit doing something for someone else. For example, an hour of gardening equals an hour of child-care equals an hour of dentistry equals an hour of home repair equals an hour of teaching someone to play guitar.

TimeBanking builds on the magic of “pay it forward,” one good turn leading to another and another and another.

Through pay-it-forward, TimeBanking joins unused resources in a community to needs that are not being met.

TimeBanking encourages giving without measure and receiving with an open heart. People who jump in to the pay-it-forward exchanges that TimeBanking encourages often report that the experience is life-altering. Their lives become transformed in ways they could not have begun to imagine.

More About Timebanking

Academic Studies of Timebanking

Academic Studies and appraisals of Timebanking

Timebanking has attracted many appraisals by academics across the world.

New South Wales 2013

An evaluation of a timebanking trial prepared by the University of Wollongong.

“The Timebanking trial demonstrates that timebanks can be a powerful mechanism for community engagement and increased volunteering. The trial demonstrates that there is an appetite for such innovation in volunteering that must be further nurtured for its potential to be fully realised”.

Click here to read this study

A European Commission study looking at 10 case study Time banks.

By David Boyle of the New Weather Institute 2014

“This report explores the development of different a diversity of time banks and parallel currencies from across the world to understand their potential to help combat social exclusion and support employability. The report finds evidence to suggest that [time banks] have the potential to improve well-being and mental health, to enhance the effectiveness of public services, and even to promote entrepreneurship and self-employed business ventures”.

Click here to read this study

Timebanking Organisations Around the World

Timebanking in the USA

Our partners hOurwork and the Time & Talents software platform that we use. hOurworld “We are Social Architects who believe that 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 the joy of giving and receiving. It is our desire to help in the reclamation of local community prosperity by providing our gifts of time, training and tools in a pay it forward model within the Hour Exchange networks of hOurworld.”

Time banking began in the USA with founder Edgar Cahn, who remains the driving force behind the current http://timebanks.org/  Their mission “is to nurture and expand a TimeBanking movement that promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchanges of time and talents”.  Many resources are availabe including the timebanking software, community weaver.

Timebanking in Canada

Founded March 19, 2012, Waterloo Region Time Exchange (WRTE) was one of few pioneers time banks who started earlier in Canada following the lead Timebanks USA and time banking movement around the world. Within two years of the establishment, WRTE counts for more than 160 helpers mainly from Waterloo Regionwho have exchanged and offered more than 1500 hours for community-based organizations and with one another.
The Guelph-Wellington Time Bank was launched at the 2013 Resilience Festival and now counts 100 members. This project has received a grant to help pay for administration costs. It also makes use of people-power support provided by Transition Guelph.

Timebanking in the United Kingdom

In 1998 Martin Simon opened the first time bank in the UK in Stonehouse in Gloucestershire. There are now over 300 time banks in the UK involving over 30,000 participants who have given and received over one million hours of mutual support. See www.timebanking.org and www.freedomfavours.com
http://www.timebanking.org is a national charity and is the UK umbrella organisation for time banking. It is the only membership organisation in the UK to offer and support and resources to community time banks providing inspiration, guidance and practical help. They share the learning over the past 15 years since timebanking was introduced in the UK to anyone interested in starting a time bank or to those who want to incorporate timebanking into organisations. They work with community groups, time banks and community organisations to promote and support co-production and the development of timebanking in cities and regional areas. They also focus on quality standards across timebanking and have developed a Timebanking UK Quality Mark™ . This awarded to time banks that adhere to the core values of timebanking and operate in such a way that they develop, support and celebrate good timebanking practice as recommended by Timebanking UK.

Timebanking in Northern Ireland

Volunteer Now has been piloting Timebanking since 2011 in a number of contexts to develop an evidence base and a sustainable model of practice for communities and organisations in Northern Ireland. Pilots are currently under way in a social housing, community development, community currencies, and organisational exchange context. Other Timebanks have been established in community health, environmental, geographical, Irish language medium, older people specific projects, school and higher education and mental health and wellbeing. See http://www.volunteernow.co.uk/volunteering/timebanking andhttps://www.facebook.com/TimebankingVolunteerNow?fref=nf

Timebanking in Wales

Timebanking Wales works with public and third sector community organisations in Wales, to reinvent mutualism with time currency. Timebanking is a social instrument designed to develop a more active dialogue between community organisations and ‘people in communities’ – the intention being to move the agenda from people being ‘passive beneficiaries of community services’ to ‘active citizens for change’.

Welsh timebanks work a little differently to the traditional timebank model in that they are ‘hosted’ within public and community agencies. Community members are then invited to actively engage and take ownership of public services rather than being passive recipients. The ‘host’ agency acts as the central bank and acknowledges members for their time with credits. These credits can then be used to access social, cultural and educational activities on a quid pro quo hourly basis.

This co-productive conversation changes the culture of the community landscape by re-engaging peoples talents in the context of participatory democracy, promotes mutual activity, encourages civil renewal and builds positive social capital.  http://www.timebankingwales.org.uk/

Timebanking in Ukraine

In 2009 NGO “Humanitarian Center” opened the first Regional Exchange System “Time Banking” (RES “TB”) in Kiev, Ukraine. The RES “TB” relates to ROCSystems as it’s a Robust Complementary Community Currency System, is developed with account taken of international experience and recommendations. There are now nearly 50 branches in Ukraine.

Timebanking in Australia

In August 2012 a Timebanking trial was established in Australia (in the Newcastle and Central Coast regions) with New South Wales government funding. This trial saw 4,000 members exchange 8,000 hours of support. On 5 November 2013, based on the success of the trial, the New South Wales Government announced that the existing trial region would transition to 14 Timebanking pilot sites (one for each local government area) and that 30 new Timebanking pilots would commence in 2014. By June 2014, 4,600 members in 44 locations had exchanged more than 13,000 hours of Timebanking support. A further 20 communities will commence Timebanking in 2014.
Timebanking in New South Wales has been very effective in supporting older people, and in creating social capital in local communities. An evaluation of the experience in available at: http://www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au/about-us/evaluation-and-research. Those resident in Australia may join Timebanking at www.timebanking.com.au.

Timebanking in Tunisia

Lotfi Kaabi, Advisor on Social Innovation to the Tunisian President and creative producer of Institute for Citizenship, a think tank that aimes to eradicate multidimensional poverty at the micro-level through ACACIA franchise (that’s Community Agency for Citizen Action and Administrative Intelligence), has launched Nabta Bank نقد بديل للتكافل التونسي as an alternative currency to be used by the ACACIAs to engage volunteers and joblesses. The concept includes the creation of Nabta Stores that offer food products against time units spent in the community volunteering. The plan is to create 28 Nabta Stores in 2014
Many thanks to wikipedia for most entries above.

No More Throwaway People by Edgar Cahn

throwawayThe long journey to Co-Production began in a coronary care unit. It was March 1, 1980. The chances of my making it to my 45th birthday didn’t look very good. I had 22 days to go. There I was in Intensive Care, lying in a hospital bed, recovering from a major heart attack. With the enzyme mats indicating that about 60 percent of my heart had been blown away, they were not giving me very good odds. An IV tube went into my wrist. There were different lines. One was to pump medicine in if they needed to get it int-0 my system directly and immediately. The other led to a plastic bag dangling from a pole, with fluid and nourishment. to keep me going. A monitor suspended on the wall displayed serrated horizontal lines. At least the lines were moving. There were no violent jagged peaks or alarm lights going off. That was supposed to be me—but somehow I couldn’t relate to it”.
Just hours earlier, I had been fighting what I had thought was the fight of my life. 1 had been trying to save Antioch Law School, the school that my wife, Jean, and I had created nine years before. It was a unique law school, one-of-a-kind. We had put everything on the line to create it. The mission-to create a new breed of lawyers, trained and committed to fight for justice.

Just as doctors are trained on actual patients in a teaching hospital, we believed that lawyers should leam about justice by fighting for it. So we had created a new kind of law school that hail its very own teaching law firm. The school’s law firm represented literally thousands of poor people every year”.

It shows us where we’ve been going wrong! By G. Irwin

In this book, founder of Time Dollars and time banking, Edgar Cahn describes what he calls Co-Production. The book comprises three parts. Part one charts the founding of Time Dollars and the discovery that it was more than just an alternative or complimentary currency. Part two looks at Co-Production in the light of both the market economy and the non-market economy. Part three looks at how Co-Production is working in a number of different situations in the real world.

To some extent, this book is the history of the first twenty years of Time Dollars. But it is more than that – much more. People don’t like feeling useless; we all need to feel valued – this is one way in which the market economy is so obviously failing a large proportion of the world’s population, even in the so-called civilised world. Co-Production recognises parity between the parties in any transaction and values the consumer as well as the producer, the receiver as well as the giver. It recognises the need for participation; not for the passive consumer. Co-Production values both the giver and receiver; it values people and their contribution to society and it bridges class and racial divides. It’s about getting people to take responsibility and get involved.

It’s about building self-esteem. Cahn likens the non-market economy to a computer operating system describing present attempts to ‘fix’ it with ‘programs’ from the market economy and demonstrates how this is so clearly failing. He examines the strengths and weaknesses of both the market and the non-market economies. Conventional money has a number of downsides for society as a whole, each of which Time Dollars is able to counter. Money rewards our competitive, acquisitive side; Time Dollars rewards our co-operative, altruistic side. Co-Production is about valuing people as they are not how the market economy would like them to be. Cahn argues for a redefinition of work to include non-market activities such as child rearing, community building, care for the elderly.

This book is a must for anyone who is serious about exploring practical, workable alternatives to the market economy. It is a clever combination of economic and political theory and practical examples of how Time Dollars is working to improve the lot of many thousand of people – the elderly, school children, immigrants that the system has previously treated as “throw-away” people. A political lecture? Perhaps. A crusade? Yes, probably. A must for anyone concerned with social justice? Certainly!