Time as currency: a new approach to building communities

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Boyle, David
Date of publication
1 September 1999
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 1; Number 3
Volunteering, Education and Skills, Employment
Social welfare
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This article introduces the concept of time dollars and describes how they have been used in the USA to attract new people into volunteering, not so much by paying them credits – though that is how the concept works – but by measuring and recognising their contribution and by changing the relationship between volunteer and ‘recipient’. It looks at how the concept fits into the debate about social capital, how it is being adapted in the UK and the USA, and how it might be developed further.

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