Time-out Study Break


Parachute tent

A Time-out Study Break during reading days– the perfect way to spend an extra hour.

Picture sandwiches, giant parachutes, music, and yoga.


An Exchange Afternoon

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Thank you to everyone who helped make it the Exchange Afternoon happen!

There were collage and guitar stations in the living room, dance lessons next door, and mochi and dumpling making going on in the kitchen.

Exchange Fair on Saturday, March 30

The Penn TimeBank is hosting an Exchange Fair on Saturday, March 30 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Kelly Writer’s House.

Come by to learn how to make mochi and dumplings, dance, play guitar and ukelele, work on a collage, and meet other members! There will also be software demos and opportunities for new people to sign up.

This event is covered in Under the Button:

Penn Timebank Info Session

Hey Everyone!

We hope to see you on Thursday at the Penn Timebank Info Session. Here’s the information:

Penn Timebank Information Session

A Timebank is an alternative currency that allows members to trade using units of hours.
Come to an information session for the Penn Timebank to learn more about participating in this new service exchange system for the campus community. Join and you will become part of a network where you can help those in need, share your time and talents, and receive in return.

Attendees will receive one hour of time credit.

Thursday, March 14
The Kelly Writer’s House

Take the time.

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The Daily Pennsylvanian covers the Penn Timebank in an article, “Alternative currency system for Penn students, faculty.”

Excerpt below:

The goal is to create a real world network from the online portal, strengthening Penn’s community and creating bridges between groups of students and faculty who may not otherwise meet each other.

College seniors Meghna Chandra, Julia Graber, former Daily Pennsylvanian columnist JY Lee and Shivani Srivastav are behind the project. Currently, they are figuring out the best software to use for Penn Timebank and trying to spread the word about it.

The idea for creating a timebank at Penn came out of their mutual interests in alternative currencies, but Srivastav said they each came at the project from different angles.

Srivastav was primarily interested in its community building potential. “A lot of what we were thinking about is how to create a community at Penn,” she said.

Lee said that it would also foster bridges between communities at Penn. There might be strong networks within groups already, but Penn Timebank will allow students to reach across different communities to help each other,” he added.

Chandra saw the project as a form of activism.

“[We] had been involved in various forms of activism and community service,” she said. “[And we were] thinking not just in terms of being against something but being for something … being the change that we want to see.” That change is largely about replacing money with other currencies — in this case, time.

Lee said the original timebank was based on the “radical” notion that everyone’s hour is equally valuable.

For Graber, the idea that everyone is an asset, which was put forth in the book “No More Throw Away People” by Edgar Cahn, really appealed to her. Cahn is the founder of TimeBank USA — an organization that has been supporting the timebank movement since 1995. With a timebank, Graber said, everybody can sell his or her services, no skills necessary. It’s as simple as offering to stand in line for someone or running an errand.

“Your hour is worth something to someone who does not have that hour,” Srivastav added.

According to Graber, the problem with timebanks is actually too much altruism. Users tend to offer more hours of service than they are willing to use. Based on anthropological theories on gift giving, Graber said, people are more willing to give than they are to receive, but for a timebank to work properly, everyone needs to do both.

Welcome to the Penn Timebank Website!

Welcome to the website of the University of Pennsylvania’s first Timebank!

A Timebank is an alternative currency where you give time to get time. You help someone out, earn an hour, then exchange it for a service from anyone else in the network.

We are a newly formed student-run Timebank at the University of Pennsylvania. Our goal is to create a circle of reciprocity for the campus community. We are supported by the Creative Ventures project of The Kelly Writers House.

This blog will be a place to keep up with events, news, and collaborations with the campus community and beyond. Follow us here, on Twitter @PennTimebank, and on Facebook.

We are thrilled to be building an Penn-specific economy built on principles of reciprocity and mutual self interest with you! Check out our Resources section to learn more.