Recently I ran into timebanks.org an initiative for those that have run out of money and have time to spent. They describe the basic principle of time banking as follows:” At its most basic level, Time banking is simply about spending an hour doing something for somebody in your community. That hour goes into the Time Bank as a Time Dollar. Then you have a Time dollar to spend on having someone doing something for you. It’s a simple idea, but it has powerful ripple effects in building community connections.”
So here is the trade. All those people that are currently unemployed should open an account at a timebanks affiliate nearby. they should do the self assesment in order to find out what they have to offer to the world or in other words what they can do for others in the time they have abundant since they are unemployed.
As timebanks started as a volunteers initiative the way they organise the functional trade of time brings in a new equivalent of cash. This way all those gazillions of printed mickey mouse money wont be needed to get things done by people that can do the things. Whatever happend with bartering, it’s back and the internet solutions can speed up a new real life economy for those with time without money.
Last Thursday we came back from a nine day trip to the Maldives. On our way back we bought some liquor at Male airport. Everything went fine until we came at London Heathrow for a connecting flight to Amsterdam with BMI.
While we rushed to the gate to catch the flight we were abruptly stopped by the UK customs. We were not allowed to carry to bottles with us. We had to go through the customs, go into the UK, get to departure, check the bottles in with BMI or leave them behind. So we started a speed run to comply with the rules to get our bottles cognac and grappa to the Netherlands.
Since you cannot check in bottles as luggage we searched and found a cart board box. With a marker we explicitly mentioned “handle with care”, “breakable”, “Glass” on the box and got in line to check the box in as luggage. As BMI employees had all the time in the world we were afraid we woulod miss our flight. After waiting precious minutes we were rerouted to Odd Size luggage as it turned out that they can check-in everything at the main desks as long as it is a suitcase. At Odd size luggage we dropped of the box and broke a record to catch our flight.
In Amsterdam, our suitcases arrived but no box. It turned out that we beat our boxed bottles. The people responsible for tracing lost luggage at Amsterdam, Aviapartner found the box back at London Heathrow and it came in with the flight next day. Today the transporter delivered a smelling, grappa soaked box wrapped in four plastic bags.
I asked if they didn’t have some sort of damage report and you know what I found out, the airline nor the transporter are responsible for the content of luggage or packages. As the box was still in one piece and the content was damaged they were not responsible for the damage.
Lesson: Just buy at your local liquor store when you have a connecting flight through London heathrow and fly BMI
Today I went to the coffee Company to treat myself with real coffee in stead of the senseo we have atthe office. Over the past few months I’ve taken this stroll to the Coffee Company, together with my colleague, at least twice a week as it gives a very pleasurable break from a days work in the office. On the way to the Coffee Company another coffee shop is located to which I hardly paid attention so far as I do not smoke and don’t have any need for neither tobacco nor any other plant people smoke.
Today for the first time I noticed the name of this coffee shop and it definitely made me smile. Greenhouse. What a great name for a cofeeshop especially since most of the english speaking world are almost programmed to immediately add the word effect to the word greenhouse.
Why did I pay extra attention to the coffeeshop today?
Yesterday evening the news reported that the coffeeshops, that make Amsterdam these days more famous then the red light district, do have a problem. Though promoting coffee most coffeeshops are THE place to be to smoke a joint. these coffeeshops will be confronted with the law that will prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants starting june 2008. It was also mentioned that a lot of creative solutions allready have come up from the greenhouse effect minds to avoid the consequences of this law.
I wonder what the stimulated minds have come up with?
I love change. Curiosity is my middle name and luckily I never stopped asking the double-u (W) questions like: Why do things happen? When will things change and what will bring the change? Who will be involved and who will be outsider? What is the meaning off and Why are we here?
In the search for answers I traveled from job to job, country to country, website to website. Both real life and the virtual meeting have made me aware that something is happening. I found answers on the Burubudur on Java Indonesia, cycling the Mekong delta in Vietnam and rafting rivers in Jamaica. One of the inspring sources I found was the Institure of NOETIC sciences. A non spiritual association, nor political-action group, or a single-cause institute. Rather, The Noetic institure honors open-minded approaches and multiple ways of knowing. This appraoch brings discernment to their work, and supports a diversity of perspectives on social and scientific matters.
Over the years it turned out that I was allways one of the front runner but that was only on earthly techniques of communication. Today we go beyond and curiosity is turned into awareness.
Watch this inspiring video giving a clue on what is going on.