We are currently working to create the Lane Service Sharing Network (LSSN), which will be a concrete manifestation of caring community. It will be a way for people to give and receive valuable skills outside the monetary economy along the model of a “neighbors helping neighbors” Time Bank or Hours Exchange.
In this type of system 1 hour always equals 1 hour, no matter the service being exchanged. You give your time and skills to someone in the network and receive time credits which you can then trade to anyone else in the network for a service they provide.
LSSN will allow us to ask the questions, “How can I serve?” and “What do I need?” rather than “Can I afford it?” and “Does it pay enough?”. It gives us a structure to get our needs met through community, even if the economic system crumbles.
We are looking towards a Fall launch for the service. Send us an email at: lssninfo@CooperationEugene.org if you would like to help or get more information!