03 February 2022
Istijlál, 17 Sultán (Sovereignty), 178 B.E.
Heavy snow’s a-comin’ …
Beautiful today but I may think differently when shoveling it tomorrow!
Started mapping how people participate in portfolio projects sponsored by the timebanks to which they belong. Through the success of the projects, timebank members receive time credits for their contributions, establish a real value of the portfolios in their respective timebanks, and gain respect as competent project managers, team players, and dependable providers of expertise and experience on their profiles. Since the timebanks operate on the same time banking platform, this display of capacity and capability extends far beyond the scope of a single timebank. As such, it offers substantial collateral to attract future projects of merit that expand the portfolios throughout the timebank network. This, in turn, engages even more people in the communities served by the individual timebanks and fuels a marked uptick in time credit exchanges. As a consequence, the expansive, free-flow of exchanges sets in motion the possibility of a time-based economy to take hold. This is going to be a big deal!
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In their reflections on how to contribute to the betterment of the world, Bahá’ís will undoubtedly recognize that demonstrations are not the only, or even the most effective, means available to them. Rather, they can learn and grow in capacity over time to help their fellow citizens to frame concerns in a way that rises above fissures, to share views in a manner that transcends divisive approaches, and to create and participate in spaces to work together in the quest to enact solutions to the problems that bedevil their nation. As Bahá’u’lláh stated: “Say: no man can attain his true station except through his justice. No power can exist except through unity. No welfare and no well-being can be attained except through consultation.” In this light, justice is indeed essential to resist the vain imaginings and idle fancies of social and political machinations, to see reality with one’s own eyes, and to identify the requirements for an equitable social order. But then unity is essential—forged through consultative processes, including action and reflection—to achieve the power required for positive social change. 1
- Research Department of the Universal House of Justice, editor. “Social Action.” Bahá’í Reference Library, Aug. 2020, 167, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/compilations/social-action/4#259331544. [return]