Creative Currency is an initiative bringing together leading developers and designers with national experts in social finance, local currencies, crowdfunding, sharing platforms, and other leaders of the new economy to envision, prototype, and deploy innovative solutions that reimagine our systems of exchange from the ground up.

How can local currencies support local businesses and community organizations? How can sharing platforms be tailored to fit the needs of under-served communities? How can tools like crowdfunding and microcredit be put to work for social service organizations and individuals alike?

More than a typical hackathon, Collaboration Weekend is the first gathering uniting developers, designers, local leaders, and new economy experts to rapidly prototype community-driven solutions. The BACE Timebank will be one of the projects of the hackathon – we need your support to take this already amazing and already very useful project to the next level as we are a nonprofit and have no funding for paid tech staff. We want to make it more accessible to low income people, seniors and people with disabilities and welcome your innovative ideas to make the Timebank more inclusive and more useful.

More info here:
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What: A festival to help educate, inspire and spread sustainable living and self-sufficiency skills. (Habra traduccion en Espanol)

When: Sat, May 26th from 10-6

Where: Hayes Valley Farm, 450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 

Why: To make low-cost, sustainable city living accessible to all different kinds of people and jump start the transition to a more Earth-harmonious culture. To realize the potential of the Timebank to assist in skill-sharing.

Who: The BACE Timebank, Hayes Valley Farm, SF Permaculture Guild, Cohousing California, SF Urban Agriculture Alliance, PODER (SF), Occupy SF Sustainability Working Group, the Institute for Urban Homesteading, Transition SF, KitchenGarden SF, SF Bee-Cause, the Connection Action Project, SF Free School, Just One Tree, Ohlone Herbal Center, Planet Drum and more! Thanks to our media sponsor. Please contact mira (at) for more info.

Music: Alma Desnuda will be headlining and Nicco Tyson will be playing during the dinner and silent auction.

Spanish Translation: PODER SF

Food: Limited food onsite. Stay for the benefit dinner.

Scheduled Workshops:
-solar ovens
-rainwater catchment
-homestead design
-chicken wrangling for all ages
-insects as food
-fruit trees
-worm bins
-cob ovens
-urban composting, worm composting
-urban gardening in the Bay and container gardening
-food preservation (incl. wine-making, pickling, etc)
-water catchment and grey water recycling
-disaster preparedness
-herb growing, teas and tincture making
-qi gong
-cheese cultures
-bee-keeping and pollination
-backyard livestock (incl. ducks, chickens)
-mushroom cultivation
-diy green cleaning
-green health & beauty
-nonviolent communication
-and more!
Tickets: $20 at Eventbrite or at the door for adults. Kids are free. If you are currently a BACE Timebank member, you can use your earned hours as payment.
To volunteer or co-sponsor, please fill out this form (we are almost full for work-trade) – contact mira at for more info. To keep up to date with the event and organizing meetings, join our Meet Up group.
*No specific workshops are guaranteed. Rain or shine. No refunds.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 14, is the Timebank’s monthly board meeting. It is always at 8pm on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Noisebridge, 2169 Mission St (b/w 18th and 17th). The board meeting is open to whoever wants to come.

That said, we have lots of work to plow through, and if you are new to the Timebank and have general questions about how it works, it might be sorta boring. We always have a board member there at 7:30pm who does a general info session. That’s geared for new folks who want to learn more who might be bored by the general board meeting.

TL;DR: board meeting Wednesday night at 8pm, info session for newbies at 7:30pm, both open to all.

Here’s the link to the meetup event if that’s your thing.

The BACE Timebank ❤ Biketopia, a nonprofit bike kitchen / bike shop hybrid started by SF Bike Kitchen volunteer Zach Cohen. You can get your bike fixed by professional mechanics or learn how to do it yourself. Biketopia also has a youth training program that works with local youth organizations to teach kids how to fix bikes. You can use your Timebank hours to get your bike fixed! Check out this Ecolocalizer article about Biketopia for more info.

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