The five core guiding principles underlying our vision and mission are:
- We all have something to offer: In our “sharing economy” we value everyone’s time equally. Equality helps us build strong relationships.
- We redefine work: We value work that the market doesn’t. Everyone benefits when we raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, live sustainably, and foster social justice. We recognize and reward this work.
- Reciprocity: Helping is a two way street. We ask, “How can we help each other build the world we all want to live in?” The community we create offers a greater reward than the sum of the work done.
- Social Networks: We need each other. Alone, we are limited in what we can achieve. When we help each other, we reweave communities of support, strength and trust. We sink roots, and create special relationships that lead to action.
- Respect: We respect where people are now, in this moment. Everyone matters, has something to offer as well as unmet needs. When respect is denied to anyone, we all suffer.
While these guiding principles can be used flexibly, they represent the collective experience of many Time Bank organizations implemented to date and an intentionally different way of thinking for many people or organizations. During a workshop or “kick-off” we encourage a discussion about what these guiding principles mean to the participants, and how they might affect one’s understanding of time, wealth and community!