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Action Idea #3: Share Time, Labor, and Skills
Help people in your community share their unique skills and talents. Through a time bank or skills exchange, community members can trade professional skills or practical tasks on a credit or hourly basis—without exchanging any money!
IDEAS & INSPIRATIONS
- Set up a skills exchange to connect people in a non-monetary, trade-based relationship. See How to Start Your Own Skillshare, Skillshare, and WeTeachMe. Community-based examples include Brooklyn Skillshare, Boston Skillshare, and Skillshare Network of Boulder, CO.
- Facilitate local sharing of errands and tasks. See TaskRabbit, MyTaskAngel, and Good Gym.
- Summon a local work group or “mob” to pitch in with everything from barn raising to house painting. See How to Start a Neighborhood Work Group, Neighborhood Home Repair Teams, How to Start a Crop Mob, and CropMob.
- Set up a time bank as a safe, equitable way to barter skills and services. See our video on Boston’s Time Trade Circle and our step-by-step guide on “Starting a Community Time Bank" (see PDF). Also, see How to Share Time Through Timebanking, LETSystems, and a list of examples at TimeBanks USA.
For more about time banking, see New Dream's webinar recording How To Start a Time Bank