Based on the conference calls that have been happening, it seems like there are a lot of common questions about time banking that people would like different perspectives on. In addition, the content of these interviews could be used to build a library of timebank related resources including best practice documents, how-tos, etc.
I was thinking it would be a good idea to have a series of readily accessible YouTube video interviews that people could turn to if they can't make the calls and need best practices for running a time bank. Since I don't have video software, I was just thinking we could use audio accompanied by background images. While I have experience conducting interviews, I'm not a video expert so I was thinking Intertrade could be used to find people to help produce the videos, as well as experts to speak on certain topics.
Here's an outline of the process I have in mind, but if anyone has suggestions, let me know:
Interview Creation Process
Here's how I think we could go about creating an interview series on timebanking:
1. Develop a list of topics/frequently asked questions. 2. Put a request on Intertrade for speakers around those topics or contact timebanking experts we already know, including:
timebank coordinators business owners who have worked with timebanks people who have provided services to businesses through the timebank
3. Schedule interviews and prepare questions. 4. Interview experts via Skype and use a call recorder. The free call recorders only record audio. If we think we need video, than we would need to get money to purchase software or have someone who owns that kind of software do the interviews. 5. Use Tunes2Tube to make audio into a YouTube video or to transcribe the video. Or you could use Intertrade to ask someone to turn the audio into a YouTube interview with images -- this would be better than just going the Tunes2Tube route. 6. Create or agree upon pre-existing YouTube account for posting these videos 7. Add videos to YouTube:
add closed captioning
8. Promote videos on social media groups for timebank coordinators.
Alternative: Taking audio and transcribing it into a text interview. Transcription is something I could do.
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Based on the conversations we've been having and my own brainstorming about the topic, I wanted to share my ideas for ways that timebankers and businesses/non-profits could work together. Any feedback or additions to this list would be much appreciated.
Ideas for ways timebankers and businesses/non-profits could work together
Recent grads who need to get work experience on their resumes could do business tasks related to fields/roles they want to work in.
Time credits as a perk for interns. I interned for non-profits in college and did not get paid. Time dollars would have been a nice perk and maybe I could have used them for tasks that were difficult to do as a student due to budget/lack of time/lack of access to a car etc.
Time banking as a means to facilitate career change. People who want to change careers or job seekers could use timebanking to build a portfolio and gain experience they could put on their resume. Examples: grants, technical writing, marketing.
Time banking as a way to meet certification hours. People awaiting certification could use timebanking toward the number of hours they need for their licensing. In the time banks, I see this being done with tai chi instructors and art therapists, but it would be good to explore the ways in which this model could be applied to business-related disciplines such as law or accountancy. I don't know anyone who is doing this, so if you know of examples, please share.
Equipment lending/repair. One of our members needed to go to the tool library to get things to open a new restaurant. Not all neighborhoods have tool libraries or kitchen shares, so lending tools through the timebank might be a good way to help a business reduce costs.
Software sharing. Not sure of the legality of this, but maybe a business needs an expensive software like PhotoShop for an isolated task and doesn't want to buy the software
Time dollars for co-working space -- sharing an office or desk that isn't in use with a startup or someone who runs their own business. Working from home is hard, and some people may prefer to get space through the timebank rather than renting office space from Regis.
Reception work at yoga/fitness studios -- I used to do data and reception work at a yoga studio in exchange for free classes. In Kripalu yoga, they call this the "seva" program.
Partnerships with residential care organizations. Timebanks could partner with caretaking organizations that have residents. Examples: assisted living, mental health, rehab centers
Arts organizations could provide free event admission if their are extra seats. Theaters routinely give out free tickets to avoid having an empty house, so I got this perk a lot when I volunteered for my PBS affiliate. Other types of non-profits can't afford to offer tickets or admission as a perk though. If their volunteers for a non-arts organization could get arts/entertainment perks like museum admission or event tickets through the time bank as a perk, it could help boost morale. And an arts organization like a theater or symphony could probably use time bank help in areas such as ushering, data entry, and fundraising phone drives.
Potluck Space. Businesses or non-profits could use their offices/meeting rooms for potlucks during their off hours.