“Family support” too often means removing children from the home. TimeBanking offers an opportunity to create supportive communities to help families under stress. Lisa Conlan from Parents Support Network of Rhode Island and Peggy Thorpe of Youth Advocate Program lead a brainstorming discussion on changing family support systems through coproduction.
Everyone is an Asset and has a contribution to make. How do we build TimeBanks that create opportunities for the often invisible members of our communities? What are TimeBanks doing already to successfully embrace the gifts of the differently-abled, youth and elderly, returning prisoners and others on the fringes of community?
The Returning Prisoner Simulation will be lead by Madison Urban Ministry, an interfaith social justice organization that advocates and organizes for social change in Dane County, Wisconsin.
At this Simulation, MUM will show its re-entry video, provide you with a new identity as a parolee released from prison that morning and guide you to try to accomplish all the tasks facing returning prisoners in their first month back in the community, such as obtaining housing, a job, paying restitution and child support, while trying to avoid being sent back to jail.
It’s an eye opening opportunity to “walk in the shoes” of a former prisoner and to see the kinds of challenges people face when they return home from prison. A debriefing is held afterwards, so participants can exchange reflections on your own role in prisoner re-entry.
The Returning Prisoner Simulation integrates not only the role of the prisoner but also the survivors of crime in our community. This aspect of the simulation seeks to realize the hurt and damage that crime does not only to the person who commits the crime, but also the victims and their families that are affected by the crime. With an emphasis upon the victim’s story, MUM promotes the idea of Restorative Justice in which the whole community is healed from acts of violence.
The exercise will include lunch, and will continue through the afternoon, concurrently with the second round of Roundtable Discussions.
Co-Production is what happens when everyone contributes to make positive change. It’s paying it forward and bringing it back, where the “it” is help, respect, community and justice. Together, we will explore Co-Production’s potential to transform US justice systems and create a more fair society. Panelists will include Edgar Cahn, Carolyn Dallas, Cheri Maples and Curtis Watkins.
As a complementary currency, TimeBanking transforms the ecology of community and changes systems and instutions. Learn how TimeBanking links untapped capacity to unmet needs, weaving new ties and valuing what everyone has to give. You’ll also meet everyday people who are working for social and economic justice through TimeBanking and its related practices.
Panelists Lisa Conlan, Stephanie Rearick, Funmi Olowe, Jo-Ann Wallace and Sheryl Walton will share their own stories of transformation before sending the mic to the floor to hear from participants.
What works and what doesn’t when running a TimeBank? Panelists including Diane Brown, Silbia Esparza, Kristine Flones, Philippe Granger and Linda Hogan will open the door to a conversation about best practices. Topics will include financial sustainability, partnering with local organizations, building ownership and trust among the membership, and the importance of creating a culture of inclusiveness.
Add your voice now! What best practices would you share at the conference?