"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Friday, July 5, 2013

TimeBank Santa Criz

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Website: www.santacruz.timebanks.org

The mission of TimeBank Santa Cruz is to build community resilience by trading services hour for hour among our members.

Our intention is to strengthen our community's resilience by creating a network of service exchanges wherein members share skills, talents, work and time. This network will improve our present quality of life and prepare us for challenges in a changing economy.

TimeBank Santa Cruz is a mutually supportive social network designed to create trust and meaning in our lives through the exchange of our time, skills and talents.

TimeBanking is not a marketing platform for businesses. It is not appropriate to offer services with the intention of reaping paid employment from the interaction. TimeBanking does not deal in commodities or capital. TimeBanking is not a barter system.

Five Core Values:

- Every person in the community has the capacity to contribute to the wellbeing of other members of the community. We all have something to offer.

- Those who carry out truly essential tasks (such as raising healthy children, keeping communities safe, and caring for others) need to be validated and rewarded.

- We need each other. Giving and receiving are the basic building blocks of positive social relationships and healthy communities.

- Belonging to a mutually supportive and secure social network infuses our lives with meaning and creates opportunities to build trust in one another.

Respect entails accountability. Responsible behavior fosters accountability and promotes social justice.

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