Skills exchange group forming in Northeast

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July 29, 2013
By: Mike Munzenrider
Mike Munzenrider

Have a skill that you’d like to trade for another’s skill-set? Would you like to exchange hours worked for equal time, on your behalf?

The NE Time Trade is a new nonprofit organization coming together in Northeast, a local chapter of TimeBanks USA, which helps neighbors meet up in order to offer skills and services on an hourly basis, banking time credits that can be used for other’s skills and services.

Mallory Morken, who is helping to organize NE Time Trade, said the idea behind the group isn’t new, but it’s new to Northeast.

“It’s a neighborhood guild exchange, a way to build community in an alternative economy model,” she said. “You perform services according to your skills.”

Morken said that when members perform work for others, those hours of work are banked in an online database for use at a later time.

“One hour is equal to one hour, no matter what the service is,” she said.

The group has previously met at The Coffee Shop NE and will be at the Northeast Minneapolis Farmer’s Market on Aug. 3, to spread the word.

“We’ll have sheets where people can sign up to be a part of the group and we’ll have an orientation session planned,” Morken said.

Beyond, Morken said NE Time Trade is in need of some graphic design work in order to develop a logo for the group. Compensation for design time and artwork would be a test-run of the group’s plan; hours contributed would be banked to be used later at the artist’s discretion.

“We haven’t had many takers yet,” Morken said. “We have a kind of idea [for the logo], so we might need someone to actualize the concept.”

Logo proposals are due August 12, and can be sent to netimetrade@gmail.com.

TimeBanks USA was founded in 1995 and is a 501c3 non-profit, based in Washington D.C. The organization seeks to expand time banking, while building community and promoting equality. For more information on the national organization, go to www.timebanks.com.