Time Well Spent

Time, not money, is the currency at the Hour Exchange. And everyone’s time is equally valuable.

Sail 007  Stephen Beckett is participant in Hour Exchange Portland.  He is co-founder and lead programmer for hOurworld Cooperative. He graduated with honors from the University of New England’s Physical Therapy degree program and has been practicing a mix of mainstream and eclectic manual therapies for over 18 years. He also studied at the Maine College of Art and his paintings can be viewed at www.maineartstudio.com 

Food for Thought & Conversation

  • For fun, if your group were a community unto itself, what skills, talents, knowledge or service would you provide in an Hour Exchange?  What benefits would you receive?
  • Does your community have a program similar to Hour Exchange Portland?If so, what services does it provide?  What benefits have you received? Is the program based on equal value of hours?  If your community does not have such a program, discuss what services you would like provided; what benefits would you like to receive; and would you make the hours equal?
  • Hour Exchange Portland is a member of the hOurworld Cooperative, an international network of time banks.


In recognition of Premier Eye Care, we are featuring a toasty, spicy soup loaded with Beta-carotene, which benefits healthy eyes. Recipe from Bon Appetit December 2013

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