The Kola Nut Collaborative (KNC) is a mutual support network of people engaged in reciprocal exchange of services, skills, and goods through a timebank where the currency is an hour of time for everyone. Through membership in the Kola Nut Collaborative people: create and strengthen community bonds, create economic freedom by providing an alternative means to get needs and desires met, and encourage creativity in redefining self-sufficiency, interdependence and valuation of time. The Kola Nut Collaborative introduces a paradigm where members reflect on the available resources in their lives moving from a perception of scarcity and lack to abundance and wholeness.
We are strategically focused on partnering with organizations which have a broad base of constituents whom might benefit from deploying timebanking as a method for capturing and compensating work that presently lives in the form of reciprocal goodwill transactions and creating an infrastructure where the time given over to these worthwhile causes may be traded with other members within the timebank for services other members have offered. By shifting from altruistic volunteerism to stakeholding, we are acknowledging our time as an investment and building stronger relationships between individuals, organizations and the communities that are served in the process.
The gift economy represents a shift from consumption to contribution, transaction to trust, scarcity to abundance and isolation to community.Charles Eisenstein