MTX Member Shares Experience and Thoughts: Erin Williams

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MTX Member Erin Williams

“If we can spend just a little time on things that benefit others, I think that’s a good thing,” said MTX member, Erin Williams.

Erin, who joined MTX this past March, knit a scarf for Kimberley Glade, received Reiki from Katy Locke, and exchanged fingernail polishing with Bridgette Milgie, along with a couple other activities.  “Everyone is worthwhile and whatever you can do is valuable to someone,” she pointed out.

Erin thinks that the MTX concept helps equalize giving and receiving. A receiving member might not offer a service needed by the provider involved in that particular exchange, but instead, can provide a service to a different member who seeks that kind of offer. The provider in the initial exchange can then ‘spend’ the time earned on something he/she needs that another member offers. Participants in MTX can appreciate simple things, like enjoying experiences while getting to know people, said Erin.

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MTX Monthly Potlucks

dc9491f8-6712-4df4-a545-281315d89e81.jpgYou’re invited!  Monadnock Time Exchange (MTX) hosts regular community potlucks. These happen on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6 – 8 p.m.

Connect with MTX members and enjoy a shared meal.

Our next Potluck is on January 19th at 380 Water Street in Keene. RSVP at 603-465-1153.

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MTX 2016 Annual Letter

Dear MTX Members,

Your Monadnock Time Exchange has experienced a year of both internal evolution and external growth. The Board of Directors, at our annual Board retreat facilitated by Dave Chase from Antioch New England, has developed a comprehensive strategic plan that will guide us in our decision-making in the future. To further this process, we have identified our organizational Strengths and Weaknesses.

It is evident from these assessments that the Board of Directors and staff are a collaborative team embodying and promoting MTX Core Values, with a strong commitment to the mission, to our members, and to our community. Through the low cost of exchanges, a culture of volunteerism, and potential partnerships with local organizations, MTX is redefining, honoring and rewarding work that needs to be done in our communities. We are identifying individuals and organizations in the Monadnock Region interested and engaged in positive, healthy growth, and in helping one another. This creates a two-way street of giving and receiving; MTX provides a vehicle for that reciprocity. MTX is positioned to serve populations in need regardless of age, economic situation, or other factors. Finally, we respect the fact that we are all connected and that these connections foster a healthier, sustainable community.

So, what do the following Keene community events in this last year – KSC Fair Fair, Badger, lunch ’n learn, the article in the Keene Sentinel on Easter Sunday, Green Up Keene, Earth Day, Monadnock Lion’s Club, MTX monthly potlucks, and the New Hampshire Permaculture Conference – all have in common? MTX Core Values, that’s what! These outreach activities have resulted in an increase in both membership and exchanges.

Nothing in nature is a one-way street. It’s all about the flow of giving and receiving. Your “Offers” and “Requests” make MTX work. The core values of Reciprocity, Equality, and Respect remind us that everyone has something to contribute to the work necessary to make our communities, our world, and ourselves vibrant, healthy and whole.

As we head into our third year, we plan to continue to increase our membership, enlist additional board members and volunteers, increase the number of organizational partners and organizational members, and develop a strong communication plan. Our ultimate goal is to better serve you, our members!

Gratefully,

Katy Locke, Executive Director & D’Vorah Kelley, President, Board of Directors

MTX Featured in the Keene Sentinel

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In its March 27th edition, the Keene Sentinel Staff honored MTX with a glowing article by Steve Gilbert. In it, he covers how MTX works, how it came to be, and why it matters.

At the risk of being melodramatic, Katy Locke’s dream did come true. And that’s how the Monadnock Time Exchange was born.

A time exchange, or time bank, is a community service that involves people performing tasks for others – and reciprocally having tasks done for them – strictly based on an investment of time. Someone may perform two hours of yard work, and in return receive two hours of baby-sitting from another member in the database.

Read Local time exchange offers a new community service.

Earn MTX Hours for Green-Up Keene

Members of the Monadnock Time Exchange can earn up to 3 MTX hours for participating in the upcoming Green Up Keene from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, April 9th, 2016.

Other community members can also earn up to 3 MTX hours provided they complete the first 3 of 4 easy steps of the MTX membership application process within one week (no later than Saturday, April 16th 2016) following the event.

If you are an MTX member or would like to be, and would like to earn hours for participating in Green Up Keene, contact Katy Locke at monadnocktimex@gmail.com or call 603-465-1153.

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The Latest Local Economy Buzz: Pollinator Enterprises

 “In nature pollinators like bees, butterflies, or bats carry pollen from plant to plant, and they instinctively know that the intermixing of these pollens nourishes the entire ecosystem. Pollinator businesses similarly carry the best elements of one local business to another, thereby fertilizing all local businesses and creating a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

~ Michael Shuman, The Local Economy Solution

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This April, The Monadnock Time Exchange is excited to sponsor a unique opportunity for our region — one that we hope creates much “buzz” and boosts our collective efforts to grow our local economy.  Michael Shuman, author and leading expert on community economics, will visit our region on April 7 – 8 to share the latest buzz in local economy work — Pollinator Enterprises.  He will provide inspiration for developing, launching and amplifying the work of new and existing pollinator enterprises here in the Monadnock Region and beyond.

Pollinator Enterprises are innovative, self-financing businesses and nonprofits that drive job growth and community prosperity by supporting economic planning, entrepreneurship, local purchasing, workforce development, collaboration and local investing.  They are diverse in nature and include youth entrepreneurship schools, local debit cards, makerspaces and local farm delivery services.

The success of these businesses is not solely tied to their financial bottom line, but is connected to community goals like the percentage of jobs in locally owned businesses, number of citizens prepared to start a new business, survival rate of local businesses and other social and environmental measures.

We invite you to learn more about Pollinator Enterprises with Michael Shuman at Monadnock Buy Local’s free public talk on April 7th at 7 p.m. at the Keene State College Alumni Center. This event is part of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Issues Series.  Michael will also lead a more in-depth daylong workshop on April 8th at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship.  Learn more at monadnocklocal.org/pollinators.

Our region has a strong vision for a sustainable community and solid economic development plans to get us there.  Let’s expand our capacity to implement this work!  Pollinator Enterprises illuminate a path forward for us — towards our collective vision.  Please explore this new model of community economic development with us, and discover how we can help our local economy flourish.

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MTX Orientations in March

  • Are you a new MTX member?
  • Are you interested in becoming an MTX member?
  • Are you a little unsure how to proceed?
  • Are you ready to start offering and receiving services in our community?

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, perhaps it is time to schedule a New Member Orientation session!

    D’Vorah Kelly, Mari Brunner and Bridgette Milgie are ready to assist you – on a 1:1 basis or in small groups.

    We will take you step-by-step through the website, answer any questions you might have, and even do a follow-up session if requested.

    Orientation Session Outcomes:

    ✓  Be able to successfully log in with your password to the MTX website
    ✓  Create a profile, including a brief bio
    ✓  List 1-3 Offers and Requests to get you started
    ✓  Be able to log/track your hours

    UPCOMING DATES:

    March 2016

    3rd – Thursday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. w/ Bridgette Milgie
    7th – Monday, AM or PM with D’Vorah Kelley
    17th – Thursday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. with Bridgette Milgie
    19th – Saturday, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. with Mari Brunner
    24th – Thursday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. with Bridgette Milgie
    31st – Thursday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. with Bridgette Milgie

    To schedule a session, please contact Bridgette Milgie at monadnocktimex@gmail.com or call 603-573-5264.