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Timebanks deal in unique currency

Capital District groups see members exchanging skills, time with one another

At a skill share program held in May by the Troy Shares organization, carpenter and group member Kirk Jalbert shows Simon Burke-Lipiczky how to repair a toddler’s bicycle.

At a skill share program held in May by the Troy Shares organization, carpenter and group member Kirk Jalbert shows Simon Burke-Lipiczky how to repair a toddler’s bicycle.

— It is suggested each new member attend an orientation to learn about the group first, but anyone of any age can sign up because no money is changing hands.

Rossier said through Troy Shares, she has become more connected to her community and has used it as a tool to meet her neighbors. She called the new movement an “untapped resource” and said no one should think of it as extremist.

“The most extreme concept with Timebanking is everyone’s time is equal, but not everyone agrees with that,” she said.

Jones said people should think of these groups as having a larger pool of friends to call on in times of need.

“If you were going to call a friend for a favor, maybe have a few more friends than you had before,” he said.

To learn more, visit www.capitalregion.timebanks.org or www.troyshares.org.

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