Time Dollar Congress 2000
Time Dollar Institute 2nd International Congress
Washington University School of Law
St. Louis, MO, U.S.A.
June 9 - 11, 2000
     On June 7th, I departed Ottawa at 11:00 a.m. by Voyageur Bus. The 
cost of my ticket was $110 CDN to Windsor. With a stop in Toronto, a 2 
hour hold over then onto Windsor, another delay was just outside of 
Chatham, Ont. A serious accident involving 3 police cars and an 18 
wheeler that had collided with the police cars was being cleaned up. 
The outcome of the accident was that one lady police officer was 
killed and 2 others injured seriously. The bus I was on was rerouted 
so that brought me into Windsor after midnight. John was there to meet 
me as arranged. We spent that night at some good friends in Windsor, 
Mr. and Mrs. Brisson. The Brissons son Michel who has a flat on top of 
their home generously offered it to us. Michel is the youngest of the 
22 children they had, 15 still living.
     The following morning we departed to St. Louis, MO., 
approximately 600 Miles. We drove through Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, 
Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri. The total mileage from Ottawa to St. 
Louis would be over 1,000 MILES. We made it all the way to St. Louis 
and stopped on the outskirts to put down for the night. The following 
morning we found Washington University without problem and John had 
informed me the night before that I would be the one attending. We 
were running short on funding, this particular congress was $100 
American to attend.
     I made my way to the Anheuser Busch School of Law, Main Hall to 
register. My first contact right after registration was David Boyle 
from England. We were talking when Edgar Cahn went to the information 
table. I had never met Edgar personally but I had just been talking to 
David about him. I saw David felt a little awkward to continue with 
Edgar being right their within ear shot. I excused myself and went 
over then to Edgar and introduced myself. I explained I had travelled 
here with John Turmel, my partner from Ottawa, Canada. That we wanted 
to talk about UNILETS and that L.E.T.S. and Time Dollars are indeed 
the same thing and we should be ready to link the two. He agreed that 
we were all working towards the same end. He was very nice. Some tours 
had been arranged for the participants. They were to return and the 
Conference Welcome would take place at 5 p.m.. 
     Dr. Rodney Wead, Grace Hill Neighbourhood Services kicked it off. 
Grace Hill was being honoured for their work and dedication in setting 
up a Time Dollar System. The Grace Hill Neighbourhood Project in St. 
Louis started up in 1991. Last year the 8,000 members generated 75,000 
Time Dollars. That is 75,000 hours of local people exchanging much 
needed services with other local people. A new development is that the 
Time Dollars earned helping others can also be redeemed for essential 
goods such as cleaning products and disposable nappies.
     Members can also earn Time Dollars by attending classes at the 
neighbourhood college. These are real rewards for real work 
strengthening both families and community. The outcome is a healthier, 
richer and more sustainable quality of life for all. Edgar Cahn did 
the presentation of a plaque to the organizers. Following the 
presentation David Boyle acted as Facilitator and an hour of 
Storytelling went on. Participants were invited to tell stories about 
their personal groups, it was very good and gave the audience a feel 
of good air.
     Just prior to this session I had been talking with Tony Watkins 
(videodc@aol.com ) who was busy setting up equipment to record the 
whole conference. I asked if he would be selling the videos and he 
said he was doing it for a private client. But as we talked more and 
more, I could see this intelligent young man was not just making a 
video but he too just loved this Time Dollar subject and knew it well. 
I told him about some of John's accomplishments and some the pain we 
had suffered to get to this point. He was awed by it all and asked if 
it was possible that John could do a 1/2 hour interview with him. I 
said he would be delighted as he could not afford to come into the 
conference it would give him something to do.
Saturday June 10
Opening Plenary Session
"No More Throw Away People: Time Dollars, The International 
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks by Edgar Cahn
     The Moderator was to be Dr. Richard Rockefeller but unfortunately 
a death kept him away. So Martin Simon from England took over and 
Panelists were Masako Kubota, David Boyle and Ana Miyares.
     Martin Simon talked a little on the Media. He said that people 
who are really down, the only thing the Media was doing for them was 
isolating them. He felt that if people watch T.V. enough and the news 
of killings, riots only made people want to stay inside. That it is 
imperative that Trust be developed with such people. TRUST was a key 
     David Boyle from England's New Economic Foundation was talking on 
FAIR SHARES. Fair Shares and the New Economic Foundation in London, 
U.K. have been the main promoters of Time Money in the UK over the 
past 2 years. The project began in 1998 and national interest in Fair 
Shares has grown rapidly and other groups have been advised on how to 
set up their own time money projects. The need for a national 
organization to provide information and training on time money has 
become evident, and with this in mind, along with the NEF, a bid to 
Home Office funding to do just that. NEF was pleased to announce the 
bid was successful and they have been awarded funding to set up a 
national Time Money Network.
     A promotional Fair Shares video was shown. It paints a very clear 
picture of Fair Shares and features a wide range of people including 
Lord Falkner, the Bishop of Gloucester, and many others demonstrating 
their involvement with the system. Sam Simon the producer did an 
excellent job.
     The UK Time Money Network will Host the 1st Annual "Time Bank 
Convention" on Saturday, June 24th, 2000. The guest speaker at the 
convention will be Ana Miyares from Friend to Friend in Miami, 
Florida, U.S.A. You will be totally inspired by this dynamic lady. 
More on Ana in a minute.
     If you wish to learn more about Fair Shares and/or receive 
materials their address is: Fair Shares, City Works, Alfred St., 
Gloucester GL1 4DF, Tel: 01452 541337, Fax:01452 541352: 
fairshares@cableinet.co.uk  Website www.fairshares.org.uk.
     Publicity is very important when launching new programs and Fair 
Shares has had their fair share of great articles. Two in particular:
<< Gloucestershire Echo, Wednesday July 7th,1999 by Jonathon Porritt. 
Jonathon Porritt is Director of Forum For The Future, which campaigns 
for solutions to today's environmental problems. He lives in 
Article Titled: Scheme offers us real value of time.
Time is precious. And so it is. But it really bugs me that most people 
who trot out this old axiom are using 'precious' to mean financially 
As if every waking hour of every day had a money value attached to it, 
with the hidden message that we should be using those hours simply to 
make more money.
But time is precious for all sorts of different reasons, in terms of 
relationships, relaxation, exploration, recreation and so on.
Of all the new organizations I have seen popping up over the past few 
years, none has a better sense of the true value of time than Fair 
Shares. Based in Gloucester (with schemes in Newent and Stonehouse and 
plans for several more), Fair Shares brings people together using time 
as local currency.
People who join the scheme volunteer their time and skills, which earn 
them 'fair shares' from others in the scheme, a record of these 
credits is kept in the scheme's Time Bank and people then use their 
credits to 'buy' help from others as and when they need it.
It's all based on a successful US programme called Time Dollars, which 
has been highly influential in helping to rebuild communities in 
American cities for nearly a decade.
It provides an extremely simple way of allowing people to support each 
other without formal, bureaucratic organizations getting in the way, 
and acts as a powerful reinforcer of mutual solidarity and community 
By rewarding things that have no formal money value in the market 
economy (caring, child-rearing, volunteering, doing favours, fixing, 
helping out, etc) such a scheme "rewards human kindness and decency as 
automatically as the conventional money system rewards competitiveness 
and greed".
It sometimes seems as if society's sharing impulse' has been driven 
underground in this high pressure, materialistic world of ours.
Huddled round our TV's or computers, we seem to spend less time 
together anyway, and attach less value to that indefinable quality of 
life derived from being part of a mutually supportive community. So 
Fair Shares sounds to me like the cavalry arriving in the nick of time.
The Observer
May 21, 2000, Special Feature-Ethical Lifestyles by Andrew Bibby
Article Title: Time regained-and with profit report on a 'bank' for 
good neighbours.
Forget the euro-people in South-east London are trading in a 
completely new currency. For the past few months, residents in the 
Catford area have been able to earn and spend 'time' building up 
credit balances (or overdrafts) in the 'time bank' held at the 
neighbourhood health centre.
The idea comes from America, where time dollars have become a familiar 
concept in urban community regeneration schemes. But what may seem 
like the latest wacky import seems to be working well in SE6.
Hyacinth Thomas, for example, built up several hours of credit in the 
time bank by visiting an elderly blind woman in her area. She has 
recently been able to spend some of these savings "I've got a lot of 
garden furniture, but the garden shed was leaky. I have used the time 
I'd got from chatting to the old lady to get the shed done. The time 
bank is a very, very good idea.'
Another member of the scheme, Mary Millar,is a wheelchair-user who has 
been spending time money to arrange to be taken out of her house on 
trips. In exchange, she has been busy utilising her baking skills to 
produce traditional sponge and butterfly cakes.
David Boyle, an associate of the New Economics Foundation and author 
of a recent book on alternative currencies, Funny Money, sees time 
banks as potentially fulfilling, an important role in rebuilding 
community life.
There are about a dozen pioneering time banks in Britain, The Catford 
one is a joint initiative of the New Economics Foundation and the 
local Rushey Green group practice. The practice will be evaluating not 
only whether time bank members benefit economically, but also whether 
their health is helped.
Hyacinth Thomas's example suggests that this may be the case. She 
admits that the death of her mother two years ago and the break-up of 
her marriage left her very depressed: "I used to sit at home, just 
wake up and watch TV all day. The time bank is what brought me out" 
she says.
Her life now includes participating in an Afro-Caribbean women's 
performance group which visits schools and old people's homes. 
Hyacinth says: "Long ago, neighbours would do things for one another. 
The time bank is about bringing back a friendly neighbour attitude."
While time banks can be run informally, Boyle recommends that groups 
use the manual and software developed by Edgar Cahn. 
     In a special convention edition news Time Dollar put out by the 
Time Dollar Institute: Tony Blair's words:
<< Article Title: Why time dollars won't be taxed in England.
British ministers have confirmed that time dollars earned at some of 
the 10 'time banks' that have sprung up in the UK since l998 will not 
be taxed.
"We have taken steps to ensure that the Inland Revenue does not regard 
the benefits of time banks as taxable," the minister in charge of 
volunteering, Paul Boateng, told the House of Commons in London during 
a debate on time dollars.
The understanding that time dollars are a social exchange, and not 
taxable, echoes a similar decision by the IRS in the USA.
Boateng was responding to a debate in the British Parliament in 
Westminster brought by the Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey, urging the 
government to back the idea with more support and to iron out welfare 
regulations that get in the way.
Time Dollars are "a powerful currency," he said. Time banks are a good 
way to organize our individual time for the collective good to make 
our community a better place."
     Time dollars have been backed by a report by the UK Cabinet 
Office about policy towards seniors, and the rhetoric of mutual 
volunteering has been used by the BBC and senior government ministers, 
launching a nationwide campaign called TimeBank-which has encouraged 
people so far to offer 345,000 hours of help in their local community. 
Tony Blair "As a nation we're rich in many things, but perhaps the 
greatest wealth lies in the talent, the character and idealism of the 
millions of people who make their communities work. Everyone-however 
rich or poor-has time to give...Let us give generously, in the two 
currencies of time and money." March 2nd, 2000.
     The next speaker was Ana Miyares. Ana is an inspirational speaker 
and one of the key people in the American Time Dollar movement. She 
set up a very successful project in Miami and now spends much of her 
time traveling around the States helping and advising others on 
starting up projects. Ana introduced a video produced by Tony Watkins 
'Friend to Friend' in Miami. Again, this was a wonderful video showing 
a community pulling itself out of the gutter. It showed the children 
working and earning in the community. Stuck at home moms contributing 
to a better life. The video was humorous and heartfelt. I got to talk 
with Ana the next day. I explained that L.E.T.S. and Time Dollars are 
one and the same. The only significant difference I found between the 
two were that people who had no immediate needs were able to bank them 
up with no pressure of spending. We talked about the teens that were 
leaving school but not yet prepared to enter the conventional work 
force. They want to take some time to themselves before starting their 
careers. When I mentioned to her about L.E.T.S. travel, the incentive 
that this group would get by earning Time Dollars and eventually being 
able to travel with them seemed to really delight her.
     The last speaker was Masako Kubota from Japan. She brought to the 
Congress information on System of "Fureai Ticket" and the Nationwide 
spread. In Japan, now 321 groups of 1186 groups of residents who 
provide welfare service to elderly and disabilities at home" employ 
this system with some payment:
<< Forming a New Value Different from Market Value
It is well known that there are various types of local currencies like 
Fureai Tickets in many countries: Time Dollar, LETS (Local Exchange 
Trading Systems) Volunteer bank, eco-money, etc.
In such local currencies, these are formed by the "logic of love". >> 
This system is expected to form a new value consisting of good 
relationship among people and this is very different from market 
     Masako also brought a video tape done in an area of Japan, where 
40% of the population are over 65 years of age. The medium of exchange 
they used in this area was called DanDans. DanDans look just like 
poker chips. It is said that Japanese are not used to receiving free 
service from people they do not know. There are many elderly people 
who feel some repulsion for being served by the order of the 
government. Those people, who become eligible for welfare service as a 
result of uncontrollable circumstances, worry about how to show their 
gratitude to service providers. To avoid such a situation, the system 
of providing service knows that they are not doing this service just 
for the money. Thus, the system of time saving (or depositing) in 
stead of money was proposed. Through the courses of development, the 
system of "Fureai Ticket" with little payment was introduced. Again, 
this was an informative and delightful tape from Japan.
     At this point a short break for 15 minutes.
11:30 a.m. Co-Production Audits: "A New Frontier in Social Change"
Panelists: Edgar Cahn and new wife Christine Gray. Congratulations all 
     This document which was passed out to all participants, 
What is a Co-Production Audit?
Module One Co-Production - The Bottom-Line Question...
  Forms of Engagement-The Tell-Tale Signs
  A Test: Four Core Indicators of Co-Production
Module Two-Co-Production Core Value: Assets...
  Case Study- Question and Answer Format
 A Test: Five Core Indicators of Co-Production Asset-Based Approach
Module Three-The Give-Away
  Question Set One: Immediate Impact
  Question Set Two: Broader Issues
Module Four-Co-Production Core Value: Reciprocity
  Three Real World Examples of Reciprocity Present and Not Present
  From One-Way Transactions to Two-Way Transactions
  Distinguishing Two-Way Reciprocity from Social Reciprocity
  Time Dollars and Social Reciprocity
Using Obligatory Contributions or Payback to Generate Reciprocity
Walking the Talk
 A List of Resource Requirements for Co-Production
 A Test: Eight Core Indicators of Reciprocity
Module Five-Getting to Reciprocity-Co-Production as a New Approach
 Dealing with Likely Objections to Co-Production
 Pitches for Co-Production
 Overcoming Resistance
 Working on the Inside to Embed Reciprocity in Agency Practice
 Working from the Outside-Competition of Dialectic
     Edgar and Christine took us through this document step by step, 
unfortunately time did not allow us to complete it but it is all there 
for us now to use and learn. If anyone reading this would like a hard 
copy or information you can contact: The Time Dollar Institute, 5500-
39th Street N.W., Washington DC 20015 Tel: 202-686-5200, Fax: 202-537-
5033 email:info@timedollar.org , http://www.Timedollar.org  This 
document is well worth having and it will answer a lot of questions I 
am sure not only I had but many of you might have.
     That concluded the morning session, we returned at 1:15 p.m. to 
continue, yes, it was an action packed day.
     Afternoon session"No More Throw Away People: Time Dollars, The 
U.S. Perspective" Moderator Steve Plumer
Panelists: Mashi Blech, Rita Epps, Auta Main, Betty Marver, and Calvin 
     Each one of these next bunch of speakers, brought amazing, feel 
good stories:
     Calvin Pearce, Volunteer Director, think@ix.netcom.com  and 
brother Curtis Pearce, Region Director, clpearce@mindspring.com . I had 
spoken with Curtis earlier on in the day and he told me about the 
program he was involved with. I was in complete awe of what had been 
done in 5 years. Their story: Time Dollar Cross-Age Peer Tutoring 
Program is an elementary after-school tutoring program that pairs 
older students with younger students. It is now being hailed as a 
showcase for the "10,000 Tutors Initiative" launched by CEO, Paul 
Vallas and his team, after taking over management of the Chicago 
Public Schools. Chicago Public Schools has funded time Dollar Tutoring 
for five straight years.
     Demands for the program have spread. The program started with 
five schools and has currently expanded to twenty-three. They have 
placed twenty-two hundred computers in disadvantaged households over 
the last four years. They focus on schools with a 90% free lunch 
program poverty rate.
     This will bring them to a total of 3,225 households with 
computers. These households might never have been able to purchase a 
home computer. Time in a school computer lab and visits to a community 
center is no match to compete with other children spending 3-4 hours a 
night on a home computer.
     Time Dollar Cross-Age Peer Tutoring is a part of the U.S. 
Department of Education Chicago Neighbourhood Learning Network 
Challenge Grant. See www.CNLN.net
<< Program Overview:
1. After School Tutoring
2. Time Dollar Service Credits
3. Children Take Computers Home
4. Child's Family Connected On-Line
Tutoring runs 4 to 6 hours a week for 28 weeks. One hour in tutoring 
equals one time dollar.
Children and parents earn 100 Time Dollars to purchase an IBM 
compatible computer donated to Time Dollar Institute loaded with New 
Deal Office software. (word processing, spread sheet, database, 
graphics, home finance, communications and web browser. The hard 
drives of donated computers are completely purged of information 
through the use of OnTrackDosUtils software. (comprehensive program 
that fully erases stored data):
Both tutor/tutee and parents earn Time Dollars.
Parents are required to participate 8 hours in the Program for their 
children to qualify for a computer.
Parents earn 2 time dollars for attending a LSC meeting (Local School 
Parents earn another 2 time dollars for attending a CAPS meeting. 
(Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy).
Calvin explained you cannot imagine the wonderful feeling when they 
have a Computer Distribution Graduation Celebration. As a matter of 
fact one is coming up on June 17th at the Kennedy King College 
International Hall, 6800 South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago.  One 
Thousand and twenty five children (1,025) will receive computers to 
take home. A day of celebration has been planed, games, goodies, key 
note speakers, Special Guests and Presentations. Bravo! Calvin and 
Curtis. Further inquiries can be made at Time Dollar Cross-Age Peer 
Tutoring, P.O. Box 436964, Chicago,Illinois 60643-6964. Phone 773-233-
4442 Fax 773-233-4124 www.timedollar.org 
     Mashi Blech, MA, Director of Community Services, 6323 Seventh 
Avenue, Brooklyn, New York ll220-4711, Tel: 718 921-7909, Fax:718-921-
7962 Email: mblech@mjhs.org . Mashi brought Elderplan to the table. 
Some other ways volunteers assist "aging in place". Faith in Action 
taps into the charity of church volunteers. Churches create volunteer 
networks that serve elderly persons. Senior Companion Program, one of 
the oldest such programs, is run by the federal Corporation for 
National Service. This cuts down on the high cost of institutional 
care. Senior Companions of Decatur, Alabama estimates that its 
volunteers save taxpayers more than $2 million annually by keeping 60 
seniors out of nursing homes. The $3,800 Time Dollars paid to each 
volunteer is less than a tenth of the cost of a year of nursing home 
care. Nationally, some l3,000 senior Companions serve 35,000 elders. 
That kind of math has led to a proposal, currently under consideration 
at the White House, to substantially expand the unheralded national 
service program. Elderplan is Seniors helping Seniors and again we 
were presented with many stories on how this program enhances seniors 
lives. I just loved it.
     Auta Main, co-ordinator of the Maine Time Dollar Network gave us 
the history of how she got going. In 1994 Dr. Richard Rockefeller 
helped finance the setting up of Maine. She brought slides of the 
structuring and stories, social bartering building community. We are 
all volunteers and we are all recipients. (RECIPROCITY)
     Each one of the speakers had great presentations. This is where I 
saw that in Brooklyn, one senior earned several thousand timedollar 
Hours over the years but had not been spending them into the 
community. She was stricken down and became a wheelchair-user and 
started to draw on a large store in time dollar bank to get services 
she most desperately needed. 
     From 3:45 to 7:00 p.m. a break then a number of rooms were set up 
with different subject titles you could choose from.
     At 7:00 p.m. Book Launch Party, goodies had been set out in the 
Student Commons/Lounge and this is where Edgar Cahn spoke to us about 
his book. He read special passages. Afterwards he presented us all 
with a book "No More Throw-Away People" ISBN 1-893520-02-1 plus an 
extra copy of his first, "Time Dollars," by Co-Founder of the National 
Legal Services Program Edgar Cahn, PH.D.,J.D.
     I was thrilled when I saw what he had written into my book, "To 
Pauline, Champion of another vision of what is possible. In Tribute, 
Sunday June 11, 2000
9:00 a.m. "What Next for Time Dollars? Moderator Edgar Cahn
Panelists: Christine Gray, David Boyle and Steve Plumer. Edgar had 
agreed to let John speak during the Participant Remarks time.
     We first had Ken Komoski (Co-founder of LINCT Coalition) he had 
written a Happy Blues song to celebrate the publication of Edgar 
Cahn's "No More Throw-Away People" book. Ken handed out copies of the 
song to everyone and then we all joined in the lyrics. It was a catchy 
tune and we had a lot of fun with it. One part of the song:
"We can use time dollars for more than before,
'cause now there's a WEB-TIME-DOLLAR-STORE."
     This leads me into IVERB (International Volunteer Equity Reserve 
Bank) President Sherry Lynn Weber, President, iverb.org, mailing 
address 5988 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Charles, MO 63304, Telephone 
636-926-3400, Fax 636-926-3978.
<<Article from Time Dollar News
Article Title: Time dollar online shop opens on internet.
How do we distribute refurbished computers and other goods to time 
dollar networks so that members can 'earn' them by helping out and 
building local trust?
Answer: set up a bank-but a bank with a difference.
Actually, it isn't really a bank at all, says project manager Sherry 
Lynn Weber, but it uses the same idea. The new international Volunteer
Equity Reserve Bank, or IVERB, will bank donated products and goods 
and make them available to individual timedollar networks in return 
for time dollars.
The system is going through its final tests and has already responded 
to a request from Grace Hill - the innovative St. Louis Time Dollar 
program - and provided them with six computers donated by MCI 
WorldCom. The website is already up and running-though it isn't 
finished - but it will shortly be available for time dollar programs 
all over the world.
IVERB will work like this. Time dollar programs can go online to put 
in their requests - or mail or fax them if they want. IVERB will then 
provide them with what they need if they can, or approach corporate 
donors if they can't - and organize the paperwork for the donors so 
they can offset the donation against tax (TAX CREDIT).
IVERB customers will include a range of non-profits, but also local 
community groups. They will have to pay an enrollment fee-either $200 
or $500 a year depending on their size - and pay for shipping and 
handling costs, so that the organization can keep going.
Time Dollar stores are already a familiar feature of St. Louis, places 
where time dollar earnings can be exchanged for emergency food or 
basic household necessities. >> 
     Personal note: All Food Banks, Snowsuit Fund, Thrift Shops would 
be an ideal start to enlist Time Dollars, all recipients should be ask 
to earn time dollars to use these facilities, in doing so it will give 
back dignity and integrate these people back gently into the 
community. They could have an account opened up when receiving their 
goods, they would be asked to earn their Time Dollars by working in 
such establishments or doing something within their own community. 
Arrange park cleaning groups, recycling, many ideas come to mind, 
these are just a couple of examples.
     And last I have one more wonderful article from Time Dollar News. 
When doctors prescribe time. 
<< Doctors in south east London have hit upon an alternative treatment 
for isolated people or people with mild depression-they refer them to 
their in-house time dollar project as an alternative to anti-
The Rushey Green Time bank is the first time dollar project in a 
health center in Britain. It has already attracted more than 50 
regular participants since it opened in the Rushey Green Group 
Practice, a health center serving one of the more deprived London 
It also means that doctors can prescribe seniors a weekly visit or a 
lift to the shops just by writing them a note for the time bank.
Rushey Green was set up by the New Economic Foundation with help from 
the King's Fund. It is the tenth time dollar project in England, set 
up only two years since Time Dollars Institute founder Edgar Cahn took 
his message to the UK for the first time.
Participants earn time dollars for doing the jobs they love doing, 
from yardwork, escorting, befriending housebound people or phoning. 
"They are all work that money can't buy," says time bank co-ordinator 
Liz Hoare. "But they keep people in touch, trusting each other and -
above all - keep them healthy. It puts neighbours in touch with each 
other and uses people's skills and imagination, building a broad 
network of neighbourhood support.
The time bank has received widespread local publicity, especially 
since their launch with poetry and songs - all carried out in the 
doctor's waiting room while patients were waiting for appointments. 
They have also linked up with the local radio station FIRST LOVE to 
appeal for people to help in difficult requests. For more on this you 
can contact sarah.burns@neweconomics.org  >>
     Organizers: Tina Thonnings-Peninsula, OH and Pat MacMaster - 
Norfolk, VA put together a beautiful Newsletter for this Congress. The 
theme of The Time Dollar Way was a Beatles song - 
<< Help, I need Somebody
Not Just Anybody. HELP! 
When I was so much younger than today, 
I never needed anybody's help in any way. 
And now my life has changed in Oh, so many ways..." >>
     This was brilliant, thank-you Tina and Pat. I wish to thank all 
that organized and helped in pulling this Congress together, it was an 
inspiration to me personally.
     Finally, John got to talk to the audience about UNILETS and asked 
for support in the United Nations Petition. He did a great 
presentation bringing out key topics of interest and Tony Watkins was 
on the video camera, and at one point a lady said "Oh isn't this 
wonderful" and I recall Tony turned to her and smiled. I have no doubt 
he thought so too.
     And as always I would like to put down some inspired words for 
all you movers and shakers. I have chosen Nelson Mandela, Inaugural 
address @ yes the UNITED NATIONS, 1995.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is 
that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness 
that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, 
gorgeous, talented, fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are 
a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is 
nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel 
insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God 
that is within us. It's not just in some of us...it is in everyone. 
And, as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people 
permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our 
presence automatically liberates others."
     Think in terms of solutions not problems, problems are lessons we 
have to learn.
     God Bless, I may a second report later, but I felt this was 
especially important to get out immediately. 
Videotapes of event available from Tony Watkins at videodc@aol.com 

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