Our recent potluck and time banking discussion went well. First we enjoyed a nice meal and conversation. Then we played a little game that demonstrated how time banking works. Finally we finished up with a discussion of time banking and how it could be implemented here. There was a lot of participation and good ideas shared. Our next public event will be on Saturday the 27th of April. Stay tuned for details!
We would like to announce our first community potluck, and you’re invited! Join us for this family friendly event at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St, Eugene, on Sunday February 24th from noon to 3pm and bring some food to share. While the venue does have a stocked kitchen, we suggest you bring your own dishes and utensils.
Our plan is to host a potluck like this every-other month as an opportunity to have fun, build community, and give everyone that would like to join in a chance to network and discuss New Economy related ideas.
The discussion theme for this first potluck will be Time Banking. Of all the input we received, most folks who made their opinions known said they’d like to see a Time Bank service-sharing network here in Eugene.
Time Bank Exploration
In a Time Bank everyone’s time is valued equally and skills are traded among members who record hours on a website. For example Ben could spend a couple hours raking leaves for Grace. Then he could turn around and trade those hours to Jill who helps him with her truck when he needs to move his stuff across town. Then Jill could take the hours she earned and trade them for a haircut or Spanish tutoring for her son. It’s a cool concept that is helping people meet their needs outside the traditional economy, and it is being done successfully in a number of other cities around the country.
If this sounds exciting please join us at the potluck! We are working to discover how much genuine interest there is in town. If we are to succeed we’ll need plenty of help with this project from folks like you both before and after we get a system up and running. And, of course, we’ll need a bunch of people who are interested in skill sharing to sign up. So don’t be shy. If you want to see this happen get involved!
In Other News…
We are forming 3 different committees that are pursuing different areas of focus. So if Time Banking doesn’t interest you and you would like to get more involved in this work, we have other options:
- The Asset Mapping Committee believes it is important to take an inventory of the New Economy related groups, projects, and other resources in town so we know what is being done, and can more clearly see what still needs to be accomplished. This effort is about networking our local groups and resources, and cataloging information online so it is more available and useful. Networkers, researchers, and technical problem solvers this is your moment!
The Local Investment & Community Development Committee
is looking into a myriad of ways we can improve and localize our
economy here in Eugene. If you have skills or interest in economic
development, finance, banking, law, or buy local campaigns we would love
to hear from you. Topics of interest include:
- Cataloging existing local investment opportunities
- Creating new local investment opportunities
- Making it easier for cooperatives and small businesses to get capital when they need it
- Finding ways to keep money circulating in our local economy rather than being siphoned off by business interests in other parts of the country or world.
- And, of course, the Time Bank Exploration Committee is looking into the feasibility and planning of a time bank service-sharing network here in town as described earlier in this article.
We had a nice time at our first Buy-Nothing Day event. It was a great opportunity to meet with friends old and new. We visited, ate snacks, and exchanged things from our lives that we wanted to gift. It felt like a cross between a silent auction and Christmas morning as the gifts were given to those that wanted them most. We are looking forward to doing this again down the road since it was a nice opportunity to step outside of the consumerist aspect of the holiday gift-giving season.
Come Join the Eugene New Economy Working Group at the Eugene Garden Club (1645 High Street) on Buy-Nothing Day (Nov 23rd) to create community prosperity and gratefulness without shopping!
Each person should bring one or more items to donate that they would like to see bring joy to others. Not the things you most want to get rid of, but the best items you feel good about passing on to another. The next step will be to indicate which of the gifted items you would most like to receive. The final step will be an actual giving of the gifts! If you have items that are too large to bring feel free to bring a picture and a description.
The event will run from 1-5pm. Please plan to arrive with your gifts by 2pm. We hope to have all the gifts given away by 4:30pm.
We will also have an area for folks that would like to discuss ideas and network about New Economy related topics as well as a signup sheet where you can indicate your interest in joining a Time Bank service sharing network if one is created here in town.
We need additional volunteers to help set up, greet, process gifts, and clean up. We would also welcome any New Economy related group that would like to have a table at the event. E-mail Amanda at amandaopening (at) gmail dot com if you would like to help with any of these things.
The event on the 28th was great with around 50 people in attendance. We enjoyed watching Fixing The Future and had some productive discussion afterward. There was a video taken which you’ll find below
Our plan is to schedule regular meetings and events to bring in our larger community and keep making progress on our goals as well as give us all a chance to have fun together on a regular basis.
Our first will be on Buy Nothing Day which is Friday the 23rd of November this year and we’re planning a gift giving event. Save the date! We’ll announce the exact time and place once we have all the details worked out.