I’m in Jackson Mississippi between my first two stops on the Up The Wall tour (Up The Wall is the name of the CD I’m touring with) and exciting new opportunities keep arising. Played in St. Louis last night and met with timebanking pioneers Renee Betty Marver and Linda Hogan, and more recent timebank organizers Terry, Johanna and Ruffina. Wonderful people and great conversation with lots of potential for future cool developments. Tomorrow I play New Orleans, Monday we meet with potential new timebankers there. Watch for an updated schedule in the next days.
Leander will join on the west coast just a few stops into the tour, helping with trainings, documenting what we learn and what is created, and helping to design systems to support this kind of decentralized work with lots of contributors. Preston and Marc will stay in Madison and help get those systems built.
Part of what we’ll do is talk with the many timebankers and organizers we’ll be meeting about doing Build For the World projects, where people in varying locations use timebanking or related methods to solve community problems – actively sharing their tools, methods, and learning with each other in order to support each other. Read more about it in our new and improved proposal.
And we now have a way for you to donate support this effort. No amount is too small or too big! This will go toward paying our travel expenses, keeping all four of the project partners fed, clothed and housed, and building tools to support this work – including teaching materials, code for project facilitation tools, communication tools like video and other media, and related.
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