Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each.Christopher Rice

The Time Salon is a facilitated gathering offered by the Kola Nut Collaborative which guides participants through dialogue and practice in communal asset mapping, social economy and non-monetary exchange. In this intentional space, we challenge the idea that participation in a framework of economic exchange necessitates the use of the dollar as currency.

What is timebanking? What are the historical roots of time exchange? How can timebanking be employed as a strategy to strengthen social fabric within communities? How is timebanking related to other cooperative and collaborative economic practices?

In the Time Salon, Michael Tekhen Strode will offer some historical background on time exchange, bartering and early human economies, relate this history to a modern resurgence of timebanking, weave timebanking into the development of mutual aid organizations and provide participants with the opportunity to “feel” how strong our safety net becomes when we connect its individual strands.

Through interrogation of contemporary literature, film, documentary and artistic works, participants grow to understand how currency is commingled with all aspects of our lived experience.  Currency and capital exist in numerous forms and are often exchanged without our knowledge.

Request a Time Salon for your civic, social, neighborhood or organizational group and build the foundation for new opportunities to trade and share resources. Discover options to better deploy social capital thru timebanking and other forms of social exchange.