Alternative currency is not a new idea. We have many alternatives to currency that many of us use on a daily basis. A cup of sugar from a neighbor, a borrowed lawn mower or bit of gasoline, or perhaps some advice from a friend on a leaky roof. Why monetize those activities? By giving a value and a currency system to these trades you free yourself from direct trading of services. Your friend can help you fix your leaky roof without you having to do something for your friend. You can pay your friend by giving him a time credit. He can then use the time credit to get something done for him. This not only encourages more trading between friends it encourages use of the community at large. More services become available to trade and more of your time is freed to do the things you love.
Why join the Ypsilanti Time Bank and take part in an alternative currency?
Because you will get an opportunity to practice and hone your craft while giving members of your community the opportunity to hone their craft.