What is the Time Dollar Network?
15 November 2000
How can we redefine work that all who are willing to help others
can earn sufficient purchasing power and secure a decent standard
That is the question that drives Time Dollars.
The Global Market Economy
Right now, global market economy defines what work is, who
works, how much one earns and what standard of living one can
enjoy. Events beyond our control determine the worth of the dollar
and the worth of our labor. Under this market economy, millions
of people -- senior citizens, teens, single heads of household,
the disabled, the unemployed -- have been designated as 'takers'
and consigned to the scrap heap for using society's resources
without giving back. We believe that these 'takers' are productive
human beings who have been desempowered by institutional barriers.
Rewarding Labor Outside the Market Economy
We also believe that our society has to value and reward labor
that the market economy does not pay for: reaching out to families
at risk caring for latchkey children learning making democracy
work keeping neighborhoods safe and clean dealing with AIDS taking
care of our elderly
Much of this work used to be done in the home, by families,
by neighbors, by extended family and by the elderly. Much of this
work was and is exacted unjustly by the subordination of women
The Time Dollars Mobilization
Time Dollars is mobilizing the vast reservoir of human talent
untapped by the market economy to rebuild the infrastructure of
caring and trust that holds us together. Through a new tax-exempt
currency called Time Dollars, decency can now be rewarded as automatically
as self-interest already is.
How You Can Help
And you can be part of this exciting new concept by starting
a Time Dollar project in your community, or by making it possible
for others to implement their own inovative programs.
Contact Time Dollar
now and we'll send you all the information you'll need to start the