Timebanking Ireland

Welcome to the Timebanking Ireland website

This website has been setup to help the process of rolling out Timebanking in Ireland. We provide and set up the Time and Talents software platform developed by our partners hOurworld in the US, which enables communities across the country form Timebaning networks.

Time & Talents is also being used by Timebanking UK.

If Timebanks in Ireland choose to use the software we provide, their members will be able to trade with other Timebanks across the country, and when appropriate even in other countries like the UK and the US.

We are committed to helping anyone across Ireland start their own local Timebanks  and to help 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.