Wednesday, November 18, 2015

TimeBank. Start a New TimeBank

Start a New TimeBank

Here is a great introductory video to get you started:

Starting a TimeBank is an exciting process, but requires a lot of thought, planning, commitment, and solid hard work. TimeBanks share the same core principles and practices, and at the same time are each one is unique because they reflect the communities that create them.
Creating and maintaining a TimeBank is an on-going process. Needs lots of teamwork! Your members will create your TimeBank’s personality.
To help you and your community create a new TimeBank we have made a list of the typical steps that new TimeBanks find helpful. These steps will give you a good overview. For a start-up toolkit with detailed information relating to each of the specific steps, go to the TIMEBANK KNOWLEDGE COMMONS. This TB Knowledge Commons has been put together by a group of truly dedicated TimeBankers who spent months collecting the vast amount of how-to information created and used by TimeBanking pioneers and leaders. They have organized that information and posted it in a forum that allows people to comment on what they find particularly helpful.
Creating the TB Knowledge Commons — so that our site and others could access the wealth of materials that TimeBankers around the world have generated– was a labor of love and a great achievement. We hope that you will add your comments as you use it.

1. Beginning the journey:

  • What’s your passion? — How will your TimeBank relate to that?
  • Who will help and support you?
  • Who do you see joining when it’s up and running?
  • Who will you ask to join the start-up team?

2. Imagine the possibilities with your partner or team:

  • Learn more about TimeBanking
  • Contact existing TimeBanks through the TBUSA online directory,Facebook, etc.
  • Consult TBUSA how-to materials.
  • Brainstorm with friends and supporters.
  • Share the ideas and get feedback.
  • Enjoy the dreaming!  (This is a really important process.)

3. Create a “make it happen” group of champions:

  • Get buy-in from those who will help your TimeBank succeed.
  • Determine who will take on needed roles.
  • Create an action plan for first steps, including outreach for TB members.
  • Plan out possible costs and income sources (however small).
  • Write up policies and procedures (can be informal).
  • Learn what on-line software can do for you – Community Weaver Demo site.
  • Plan your use of traditional or online social media.
  • Decide when you’re ready for real time.

4. You’re in real time now: Making it happen:

  • Create a flyer or brochure for members.
  • Start the outreach (go to local meetings, knock on doors, talk to friends, neighbors — all of that.)
  • Prepare a members’ handbook and orientation materials.
    – > Here is a Member Orientation Training Guide on how to run an orientation based on the Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Bank‘s guide.
  • You could make a web site and/or make a social media page of your choice.
  • Get access to a TimeBank software, and prepare it for your new TimeBank. To learn more about Community Weaver  the online TimeBank software and to request that we set it up for your TimeBank, please click here.
  • Set up your traditional and/or online social media.
  • Send out invitations to your first gathering.
  • Make sure that the finances and admin are sorted out and will be taken care of.
  • Perhaps start a newsletter.

5. Go public, hold your first meetings:

  • Start with a TimeBank launch event, hand out information, flyers, newsletters.
  • Sign up your first new members.
  • Hold an orientation for new members.
  • Are you good to go with handling the money and admin?
  • Begin exchanging at the orientations and other events.

6. As it begins:

  • Help members set up offers and requests.
  • Set up/celebrate the first exchanges.
  • Hold regular orientations for new members.
  • Plan for regular events for members (potlucks, group exchanges.)
  • Seek out opportunities for targeted group activities.
  • Watch that you’re TimeBank is good with handling the money and admin.
  • Celebrate as you go.

7. Keep Going and Growing:

  • Keep true to the core values: Assets, Redefining work, Reciprocity, Community, Respect.
  • Keep those core values ever in mind — we can’t stress this enough.
  • Find, nurture and support your champions inside and out.
  • Strive for your TimeBank to be leaderful, and truly owned by its members.
  • Take care of the money and admin. (Yes, it will always be there…..)
  • Remember that your TimeBank will become a source of hope, comfort and community in this challenging day and age.
So there you have it!  It’s a lot of work.  Start where you are.  Look for others who will join you on this journey. Build a team to spread the work load and to envision the future together.

TimeBank USA Affiliates

TimeBank USA  affiliated TimeBanks are members of the TimeBank USA network. While there is no formal membership, we do invite TimeBanks in the network to contribute to the learning of others. We provide an infrastructure to share resources and to work together. TimeBank USA holds regular calls for TimeBank leaders to share their knowledge, and works with TimeBank leaders nationwide and internationally to expand the practice of TimeBanking.
We provide Community Weaver, an open source software that TimeBanks can use to share their member’s offers and requests with each other and to track their exchanges and hours exchanged.
To learn more about Community Weaver the online TimeBank software and to request that we set it up for your TimeBank, please click here.
Do you have more questions?  See our Frequently Asked Questions for more help.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Urban Community Capacity Building. Needed in every city. Water & Food Security. Vertical Farming. Singapore and Newark, NJ

Jobs for the homeless, and future leaders.

Urban Agriculture


Newark, NJ

AeroFarms will be running the show, they are a company that grows leafy greens in indoor, urban facilities.

The site is a 69,00 square foot converted steel factory, and once it’s completed it is estimated that the facility will be able to produce approximately two million pounds of green vegetables and herbs every year

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2016 National Fire Administration Volunteer Incentive Program Courses

NFA’s Volunteer Incentive Program has vacancies for February 28 – March 4, 2016, classes.  Courses included are:

R0810 Leadership and Administration (

R0824 Management Strategies for Success (

R0827 Fire Protection Systems for Emergency Operations (

R0834 National Fire Incident Reporting System: Program Manager (

R0836 Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention (

R0847 Emergency Medical Services Incident Operations (  

View information on the VIP and courses at:

We are also in an open application period (ending December 15, 2015) for courses offered during the other VIP weeks in 2016--May 29 – June 3 and September 11-16.

If interested apply today as vacancies fill quickly! Don’t miss out on this FREE training at your National Fire Academy. Please share this information with your colleagues and local fire and EMS Departments!  

Effectiveness of Ring Vaccination as Control Strategy for Ebola Virus Disease

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC 24/7: Saving Lives. Protecting People.™

Adam J. Kucharski, Rosalind M. Eggo, Conall H. Watson, Anton Camacho, Sebastian Funk, and W. John Edmunds
Using an Ebola virus disease transmission model, we found that addition of ring vaccination at the outset of the West Africa epidemic might not have led to containment of this disease. However, in later stages of the epidemic or outbreaks with less intense transmission or more effective control, this strategy could help eliminate the disease.
Volume 22, Number 1 - January 2016

Sunday, November 1, 2015

CSIS Event: Strengthening Collaboration on Humanitarian Emergency Response - Thursday, November 12

The CSIS Africa Program invites you to a conference on:
Strengthening Collaboration on 
Humanitarian Emergency Response 


Dr. Emmanuel Dolo
Head of Secretariat, Presidential Advisory Council on Ebola
Office of the President, Republic of Liberia

Hon. Gangalal Tuladhar
Member of Parliament, Government of Nepal
Coordinator, National Campaign for Disaster Risk Reduction, Nepal

Valerie Bemo

Senior Program Officer, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jeremy Konyndyk

Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID

Ky Luu

Executive Director, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Tulane University

Moderated by:

Jennifer Cooke
Director, CSIS Africa Program
Thursday, November 12, 2015
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
CSIS | 2nd Floor Conference Room
1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

The West Africa Ebola crisis, the deadly April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, and ongoing crises in Syria, Central African Republic, and beyond have exposed weaknesses of global humanitarian emergency response efforts. Complex humanitarian emergencies require a constellation of actors from different sectors working collaboratively to save lives and provide critical services. A new report by the Disaster Resilience Group, A Networked Approach to Strengthening Emergency Response Capacity, draws lessons from international and local networks and offers recommendations for building capacity among first- and second-line responders and strengthening networks for emergency response. Panelists will present the report's findings and discuss how they might be implemented to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency response.

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This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.  No direct sponsorship contributed to this event.

Cyber Security Awareness Resource Available All Year

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Here are three popular resources to bookmark or download now:

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3.  Security Awareness Event Calendar -

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Training Opportunity. "FEMA Promising Practice: FEMA Promising Practice: Inclusive Emergency Management Practices in Vermont" November 12th, 2015

ADA National Network/FEMA Webinar Series:

Emergency Management and Preparedness-Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

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Announcing a new webinar - "FEMA Promising Practice: FEMA Promising Practice: Inclusive Emergency Management Practices in Vermont"

November 12th, 2015

Webinars begin at 2.30pm ET/1.30pm CT/12.30 pm MT/11.30am PT/9.30am Hawaii.
On August 28, 2011, the State of Vermont was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene, resulting in several deaths, hundreds of homes destroyed, over a thousand Vermonters displaced, damage to hundreds of businesses and farms, and thousands of roads and bridges being washed out. In the aftermath of this historic natural disaster and with funding made possible by the Vermont Department of Public Safety, Disability Rights Vermont and the Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Region of the American Red Cross worked collaboratively to survey emergency shelters for accessibility and develop emergency planning processes inclusive of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in disaster planning, preparedness, response, relief, and recovery efforts. Disability Rights Vermont also provided 8 two-hour trainings to 45 Red Cross volunteers and approximately 25 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers on the ADA, disability etiquette, and assisting individuals with disabilities during times of disaster.
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe processes for surveying and adapting emergency shelters to ensure accessibility and sheltering of people with disabilities in an integrated environment.
  • Name best practices for training emergency management staff and volunteers in working effectively with people with disabilities.
  • Identify strategies for building effective partnerships between state governments, emergency preparedness/disaster recovery agencies, and the disability community.
A.J. Ruben has been Supervising Attorney at Disability Rights Vermont (DRVT) since 2002. He and his family live in a rural town in Vermont that was cut off from the rest of the state for eight days during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and has worked with DRVT on emergency planning and preparedness issues for people with disabilities ever since.
Tina Wood has been a Senior Investigator/Paralegal with Disability Rights Vermont (DRVT) since 2000 and works mostly within the prisons in Vermont, investigating abuse and neglect allegations, and advocating on behalf of prisoners with disabilities. She has 15 years of experience volunteering in varying local emergency management roles, and currently is a Red Cross Disaster Liaison to the State Emergency Operations Center.
Michelle Bishop is a Disability Advocacy Specialist at the National Disability Rights Network (NRDN). In her role at NDRN, Michelle provides training and technical assistance to the national Protection & Advocacy Network (including DRVT) on inclusive emergency preparedness. She also works collaboratively with NDRN's MOU/MOA partners, FEMA and the Red Cross.
These 90 minute webinars are delivered using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. Collaborate downloads files to your machine in order to run. We recommend that you prepare your technology prior to the start of the session. You may need the assistance of your IT Staff if firewalls prevent you from downloading files.
To view all of the sessions for the coming year, or to see previous sessions, go to
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Training Opportunity. FEMA. Comm Spec IEMC Recruitment Application Process Changes


Website Update

Training Bulletin - FY2017 Comm Spec IEMC Recruitment Application Process Changes

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Each year, state, local, tribal, territorial and specialized jurisdictions throughout the United States can apply to EMI to conduct a community-specific IEMC.
IEMCs are exercise-based training courses that place jurisdictions’ emergency operations center (EOC) personnel in realistic crisis situations within a structured learning environment. The jurisdiction selects the hazard(s) and the Core Capabilities it wishes to include in both the plenary and exercise components of the course to reflect the hazards or events facing the jurisdiction, the type of EOC used by the jurisdiction, and the organizations included in the jurisdictional emergency plans. Data reported in the applicable State Preparedness Report and the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment should be used as a basis for the request. Read more in Training Bulletin 1199

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2016. Announcing the Global School Human Rights Litigation Course. O�Neill Institute & Harvard FXB

Announcing the Global School Human Rights Litigation Course, hosted by the ONeill Institute & Harvard FXB
Announcing the Global School Health Rights Litigation Course, organized by the ONeill Institute & Harvard FXB

The ONeill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to announce that it will offer the Global School Health Rights Litigation course in conjunction with Harvard Universitys FXB Center for Health and Human Rights (  going forward.  The course will be co-directed by Alicia Ely Yamin, Policy Director of Harvard FXB, and Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O'Neill Institute.

Harvard FXB is a world leader in building a conceptual basis to advocate for the right to health and for human rights-based approaches to the development of health policy.  It is a tremendous honor and pleasure for the ONeill Institute to undertake this collaboration with Harvard FXB.

The course will be offered annually at the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington, DC.  The courses curriculum will change each year, covering new topics that reflect important trends in the area of health rights litigation.  Additional information about the 2016 Global School Health Rights Litigation course can be found below. We welcome your promotion of the course to colleagues and students for whom you believe it might be of interest.

The ONeill Institute and Harvard FXB will host the 2016 Global School Health Rights Litigation course from June 13th - 17th at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.  This one-week intensive course offers participants an opportunity to develop specialist-level knowledge in relation to litigating health-related rights at the national, regional, and international levels.

During the course, globally renowned experts will lecture on a range topics, including: sexual and reproductive health and rights; rights issues arising in health-care settings; palliative care; approaches to health-care rationing and factors to consider in assessing the equity impacts of judgments; access to medicines and intellectual property; judicial legitimacy in deciding issues with budgetary and policy implications; and judicial effectiveness and impact of judgments. Confirmed instructors include professors from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), Harvard University (USA), and Georgetown University (USA), as well as leading practitioners from Human Rights Watch and the World Bank.

The course is conducted in English, is highly participatory, and uses case-based teaching and group exercises extensively. It will also include a moot court competition, opportunities for networking, and field trips within Washington, DC. Past participants left the course encouraged, enlightened, and well-connected. The course is designed for PhD students, scholars, practitioners (e.g., law, public health, human rights or development), policy-makers, and advanced masters students. The number of participants is restricted, and fellowships are limited.

Applications are available here ( and are due April 1, 2016. Additional information about the course can be found here ( .

Training Opportunity. Nov 4-6th, 2015. Maturing Public-Private Partnershps Workshop

Maturing Public-Private Partnerships Workshop 

being held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 1565 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland, by the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) , from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Wednesday, November 4th, through Friday November 6th. 

The Workshop is being offered free as part of a FEMA Homeland Security National Training Program through the Continuing Training Grants Office. To register contact

Space is limited so please apply as soon as convenient. For questions contact us at 240-629-7970.

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