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"Fixing the Future" - Timebanks and Cooperatives

From: Abe
Sent on: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 3:56 PM
Thursday, April 18th 7pm
1 W. Nelson St. 
Newton, NJ 07860

Come learn about the NW NJ TimeBank. The concept of timebanking is an organized way to “pay-it-forward.” For every hour you invest doing work for someone via the TimeBank, you receive an hour that you can spend on any service offered via the TimeBank (not just with the person to whom you provided the service). On the surface this premise seems simple, but when looked at more deeply, timebanking offers new ways of thinking about time, wealth and community.

Abe Karl-Gruswitz will be speaking to us about the solidarity economy, what many forms cooperatives may take, and how cooperativism and sharing can supercharge localism. He will speak about the initiative to start a combination of a producer, worker, and consumer cooperative in North Jersey for local farmer, merchants, and consumers interested in fresh local foods and products.  Abe was a co-editor of the Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter, a publication on worker cooperatives and other democratic workplaces. He was a staff member at Greenwood Sudbury School in CT, and is now co-founding a democratic free school in North Jersey. He is also a founder of an egalitarian community in Andover, NJ.

In “Fixing the Future”, host David Brancaccio, of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS, visits people and organizations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by economic collapse. The film highlights effective, local practices such as: local business alliances, community banking, time banking/hour exchange, worker cooperatives and local currencies
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