It’s an Abundance Swap – Saturday 11/1/14!

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
Moccasin Lake Park, Clearwater, FL
2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater 33759 (N. of Drew St., E. of US 19, central Pinellas)

For more information or for Tampa Bay Time Bank members who want to volunteer, please contact Christina Bellamy.

Open to the General Public: noon – 4pm

Tampa Bay Time Bank Volunteers: 11am – 4:45pm

Today’s times call for a new kind of economics to address the changing needs of our community. The Tampa Bay Time Bank has created an event to do just that: Abundance Swap.

This Abundance Swap will be an activity where anyone can bring a gently used item or one in decent working order to Moccasin Lake Park on Saturday November 1, 2014. Those items will be on tables for display, and can be taken home for free. Bring something, take home something! We hope to have a wide variety of things like books and CD’s, electronics and parts, games, sports equipment, art supplies, clothing, kitchen and other household goods all available for anyone who wants it.

This is a wonderful way to clear out that closet, drawer or box in the garage, and walk away with someone else’s goodies. One person’s trash in another’s treasure.

What: First Annual Abundance Swap, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Time Bank

Where: Moccasin Lake Park, Clearwater FL  

When: Saturday November 1, 2014, noon – 4pm

Who: anyone who wants to participate in these creative exchanges

Why: de-clutter your home, get some good stuff, meet like-minded others

Tampa Bay Time is a community skills exchange, also known as a Time Bank. We offer what we do well and ask for help with what we need. We work for social justice while expanding our circle of friends. All are welcome.

Time Banking is a social change movement based on five values:

  • Assets: we are all assets.
  • Redefining Work: Some work is beyond price.
  • Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street.
  • Social Networks: We need each other.
  • Respect: Every human being matters


Materials needed for donation:

1. Items to donate: items in good working order, ‘gently used’. (ideas to get you thinking)   Be saving gently used clothing, children’s stuff, household/kitchen stuff, electronics parts, leftover house paint, companion animal items, games (make sure they are playable), toys, tools, books, art supplies, craft supplies (esp. good for teachers, homeschoolers). Broken crayons ok, used pencils ok. Crafters can use an old dress to cut up fabric. If clothing is not wearable, take off buttons & put them in jar; someone may use them. Shoebox of empty pill containers w/labels off ok; can use for beads, seeds, etc. Pieces of wood leftover from a project ok. Parts of things such as computer cords, phone case, bowl for mixer ok, as people tend to repurpose that kind of item.

No: food, shoes, underwear, things broken beyond broken, stuffed animals that have been drooled on a lot, no cleaning products, cosmetics, etc. just to be safe.

2. Plastic bags and boxes for people to take away their finds, choices, scores and treasures.


Background information on Abundance Swaps

The Gift economy represents a shift from consumption to contribution, transaction to trust, scarcity to abundance, and isolation to community.” – Charles Eisenstein, author of the Sacred Economics website.

Goals: build community, engage Tampa Bay Time Bank members with each other, recycle/reuse/repurpose goods, keep stuff out of waste stream, contribute to a creative new ecomony in Clearwater.

History: Abundance Swaps are events that began about 15 years ago in places like Ashland OR, Charlotteville VA, Bellingham WA, and Reno City NV. Most are annual, and held a few weeks before the winter holidays. Most seem to be about 3-4 hours duration for the general public.

How: Tables set up in a large hall; church, community center, library, etc. People arrive 30 minutes before the start of event and set their goods on the tables. Tables are organized by category, such as children’s toys, kitchen stuff, electronics, books/CD’s, clothes. Category signs are posted on each table. If item needs an explanation, it will have a note to go with it, or volunteers can explain. For our swap Tampa Bay Time Bank volunteers will wear nametags to build community and make connections.

Special categories: Artists/teachers/students projects: we could have a table of scraps of cloth, old crayons, yarn, papers, leftover greeting cards, buttons, wrapping paper remnants, etc. for crafters, scrapbookers, art projects, etc. Good for upcyclers and creative thrifters.

Another special category: computer parts, wiring assemblies, nails, broken lamps and the like for people to take home and use for their own repairs.

Fees: Usually no money changes hands at the event. Sometimes rent is charged for the venue, for which sponsoring organizations pay. A sponsoring organization can offer beverages or snacks for sale or donation to cover cost of renting the facility.

Potential problems: Early on, people worried that some would bring one item but then walk out with twenty. That probably sometimes happens, but apparently not often. Setting up general guidelines and posting with fliers at the site helps guide people to swap fairly. At the end of the event, people either take home their own stuff, or it will be taken to local thrift stores.

Other models:

Abundance Circles are not the same as an Abundance Swap, and are a pyramid scheme for women and which may include money levels.

Gift Circles, Gifting Circles: These are based on Eisenstein’s philosophies, and are similar to what we often do at time bank pot lucks regarding stating offers and requests. In the case of gift circles or gifting circles no goods change hands at these kinds of events.



TBT Potluck Event – May 25 in Clearwater!

Potluck FoodHello Friends ~

For me the best part of being a member of TBT is the potlucks. I get to meet a lot of interesting new people of like mind who become friends. I attend these potlucks whenever I don’t have a conflict of schedule and  host them often at my house (you get 4 hours credit for hosting, you know, so maybe you want to have one at your house?).

Anyway, I love to go to TBT potlucks because there are always new people to meet and old friends to see. They open new possibilities for me.

And that’s why I think you should come to the TBT potlucks. And come again and come again and get to know everyone. That’s where I meet people I do trades with. That’s where I’ve made new friends.

So please come to my TBT potluck for the Clearwater area. Bring a friend or two. We’ll introduce ourselves, eat, talk, make new connections and renew old ones.

May 25, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

And please bring food to share

See you there!

The potluck is at my house in Clearwater.

Email me for directions.

Debra Redalia 🙂

Intro to Time Banking presentation in Tampa

What: An Introduction to Time Banking, a presentation
When: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Sacred Grounds Coffee House

People around the world have developed creative ways of paying for goods and services. Instead of dollars they use complementary currencies that function alongside national currencies creating abundant and resilient local economies. Time Banking is one of those complementary currencies.TheBridgeLogo

Marie Nelson, founder of Tampa Bay Time Bank will speak at the event, “An Introduction to Time Banking” which is being sponsored by The Bridge of Tampa.

The free event is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Sacred Grounds Coffee House at 4819 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, FL 33617

Click here to open a link to the complete announcement from The Bridge of Tampa. On the web page that opens, follow the link “Flier-More Information Here” for a pdf document with more information about the event, time banking and Marie Nelson.

Calendar of Events with Visiting Time Bank Activists

Ever wonder how time banks strengthen families, revitalize neighborhoods, support local economies, make democracy work, advance social justice, nurture the spirit and make the planet sustainable? Ask Dr. Edgar Cahn, Dr. Christine Gray, and Debra Frazier. They’ll be speaking on both sides of the bay.

Founder of the Time Banking movement now in over 33 countries, Edgar will share 30 years of experience helping organizations fulfill their missions by connecting untapped resources with unmet needs. Chris, of TimeBanks USA, and Debra of Bread for the City Time Bank in Washington, DC, will share on-the-ground experience with this international movement at a number of events.

While in Tampa Bay, Drs. Cahn and Gray will keynote the 2014 Beyond Sustainability Conference at Hillsborough Community College, speak at the Pinellas Urban League and at the Stetson University College of Law, and participate in the following Tampa Bay Time Bank events:

• Friday 2/28-Saturday 3/1, 2014 –2014 Beyond Sustainability Conference
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City, Performing Arts Building, 1304 E. 11th Avenue,
TBT members: $35.00 ($175 for others); $45.00 special includes TBT Membership

• Friday, 2/28, 2014 – 7 pm: Edgar Cahn’s Public Address on Time Banking
HCC Campus, Ybor Building, Ybor Room, 2001 N. 14th Street; TBT members – $5.00

• Friday, 2/28 (Tampa) and Monday 3/2 (St. Petersburg)
A limited number of appointments are available for leaders of organizations to explore the potential of partnering with Tampa Bay Time. Contact Marie Nelson,

• Saturday, 3/1, 2014 – 3-5 pm, Florida Regional Time Bank Coordinator Gathering, followed by dinner. Contact Marie Wilson Nelson at

• Sunday, 3/2, 2014 – 1-5 pm: Tampa Bay Time Potluck & Visioning Workshop
Sacred Grounds Coffee House, 4819 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa
Bring a dish. Potluck at 1:00 pm; organizational visioning 2-5 pm.

• Monday, 3/3 – 7 pm: Time Bank Youth Courts: Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline
A talk by Edgar S. Cahn, JD, PhD, founder of the Time Bank Youth Courts of Washington, DC
Carter G. Woodson African American Museum of St. Petersburg, 2240 9th Avenue S., St. Pete
Co-Sponsored with St. Pete Together & The Connection Partners

By diverting teens to peer juries, time bank youth courts in Washington, DC, keep kids’ records clean, reduce reoffending, and dramatically reduce costs. Run by teens, in 16 years they handled 1/3 of non-violent offenses, diverted 6,595 youth away from the criminal system, and cost only $540 per youth, far lower than the cost of the jail/court/prison system. 70% of participants finish high school or go to some type of higher education, and 92% of funds have gone to direct use. More information at Youth Court of the District of Columbia.

• Tuesday, 3/4 – 6-9 pm: Tampa Bay Time Bank: Co-creating a More Resilient Tampa Bay
Reception and interactive discussion with TimeBanks USA guests, TBT members and invited guests. Limited space, by reservation only. Contact Peggie Marks for details at 727-320-4181.

Watch for Tampa Bay Time Bank newsletters or view the Tampa Bay Time Bank’s Events Calendar for more information. If you have any questions contact us:

Edgar Cahn in Tampa Bay February 28-March 4, 2014

Dr. Edgar S. Cahn, JD, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of the  District of  Columbia and Founder of the international Time Banking movement, now spreading rapidly in 36 countries, will be in the Tampa Bay area to consult with local organizations about the proposed application of time banking as a means of driving job creation, increased resource flows, stronger community connections, and key life outcomes for groups such as elders, youth, vets, and people living with disabilities.

While in the Tampa Bay area, Dr. Cahn will be speaking at Hillsborough Community College’s 2014 Beyond Sustainability Conference, visiting Stetson University College of Law in Tampa to meet with administrators, staff and students and will be attending several Tampa Bay Time Bank events.

Attend the following events to learn how our new local currency—the Tampa Bay Time “Hour”—creates abundance from scarcity, making resources go further for public and private organizations by connecting untapped resources with unmet needs.

More about Edgar Cahn, the time banking movement and TimeBanks USA here.

Dr. Edgar Cahn will be participating in the following events:

Friday 2/28-Saturday 3/1, 2014 – All day conference
2014 Beyond Sustainability Conference
Emerging Models of Financing, Investing and Savings: Moving Sustainable Ideas into Action
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus,
Performing Arts Building, 1304 E. 11th Avenue, Tampa 33605.

The conference includes six panels, three keynotes, evening networking and dinner reception. Keynote speakers include Edgar Cahn, father of the national time banking movement and Distinguished Emeritus Professor, University of the District of Columbia Law School; and Dr. Christine Gray, former CEO of TimeBanks USA. Special reduced fees for time bank members: $35.00 TBT, $175 others. Special one-time offer: $45.00 for Conference + TBT Membership. TBT registration at door.
2014 Beyond Sustainability Conference details and registration information here.

2014 Beyond Sustainability complete conference schedule here.
Friday, 2/28, 2014 – afternoon
Meet one-on-one with Dr. Cahn – Individual appointments for organizations
Local organizations can meet one-on-one with Edgar Cahn to discuss their specific ideas and needs.
For more information or to schedule a meeting with Dr. Cahn contact Marie Wilson Nelson at

Friday, 2/28, 2014 – 5:00-6:30 pm
Networking and Dinner Reception
2014 Beyond Sustainability Conference
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus
Ybor Building, Ybor Room, 2001 N. 14th Street, Tampa, FL 33604
Separate registration required. $30
Registration and details here.

Friday, 2/28, 2014 – 7 pm
Edgar Cahn’s Keynote Community Address on Time Banking
2014 Beyond Sustainability Conference
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus
Ybor Building, Ybor Room, 2001 N. 14th Street, Tampa, FL 33604
Conference Participants – Free. Tampa Bay Time Bank members – $5.00, General public – $10.00.

Saturday, 3/1, 2014 – 3-5 pm
Florida Regional Time Bank Gathering, followed by dinner with TimeBanks USA guests.
For more information contact Marie Wilson Nelson at

Sunday, 3/2, 2014 – 1-5 pm
Tampa Bay Time Bank Potluck/Open Meeting with TimeBanks USA Guests
Sacred Grounds Coffee House, 4819 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa 33617.
Come out and meet Edgar Cahn, Christine Gray and Debra Frazier and Tampa Bay Time Bank members.
Interested friends and organizations invited.
Bring a dish. Potluck at 1:00 pm, Organizational Visioning 2-5 pm.

Monday, 3/2 – afternoon
Edgar Cahn and TimeBanks USA consultants will be in St. Petersburg and available to meet with interested area organizations.
For more information or to schedule a meeting with Dr. Cahn contact Marie Wilson Nelson at

Monday, 3/3 – 7 pm
Open Meeting with St Pete Together: How Time Bank Youth Courts Keep Juveniles Out of the Criminal System.
All invited. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL 33712.

Tuesday, 3/4 – 6-9 pm
The Future of Time Banking in Tampa Bay
Reception and interactive discussion with TimeBanks USA guests and consultants, Tampa Bay Time Bank members and invited guests from area organizations. Limited space, by reservation only. Contact Peggie Marks for details at 727-320-4181.

Watch for Tampa Bay Time Bank newsletters or view the Tampa Bay Time Bank’s Events Calendar for more information. If you have any questions contact us: