In our November 20 webinar, BALLE Fellow Kimberlee Williams gave the perfect primer for how to communicate – authentically and with impact – to diverse audiences.
Our November 20th webinar by BALLE Fellow Kimberlee Williams of FEMWORKS was a perfect primer for how to communicate – authentically and with impact – to diverse audiences. More than simply translating, Kimberlee pointed out that we need to be communicating beyond our differences and talking to each other in ways that impact all of our actions and collaborations. In other words, to be communicating with authenticity, we have to show up, be part of the community we are seeking support from, and genuinely move our actions towards collaboration — not just talk.
Relationships can be built in different communities if you have insight, integrity and intention. Kimberlee gave examples of how to achieve all three and to ultimately obtain reach of our message through immersion in a community, engagement with that community, and building authentic relationships.
A key takeaway from the session came when we were asked to reflect on the following questions: What is your vision for engagement? And what is your motivation?
We all have specific needs – for example, finishing a grant or funding proposal in which we need insight from a key audience – but once that piece is complete, what happens to the relationships you’ve built? We have to jump right in, and stay put in order to achieve genuine, sustained support.
Develop a community advisory board or show up in a community to learn about what and who is important, and why. Find out: How do messages get disseminated? Where do people gather? Are people texting or listening to the radio? Use your newfound resources to help shape and develop messages – don’t just translate your materials into another language. Unleash this peer to peer influence by using real people – not stock photography – in your outreach and campaign materials.
Thanks to Kimberlee for her insight, for offering specific steps to building cultural bridges that will amplify our work!
Our inspiring webinar this week, Timebanking as Community Capital, with Dane County TimeBank Founder Stephanie Rearick, was an eye-opening primer into the world of building your own community economy, also known as Timebanking. Purchase the recording!
“Imagine a Martian landing in a poor neighborhood and seeing rundown communities, people sleeping in the streets, children without mentors or going hungry, trees and rivers dying from lack of care, ecological breakdowns and all of the other problems we face. He would also discover that we know exactly what to do about all these things. Finally, he would see that many people willing to work are either unemployed, or use only a part of their skills. He would see that many have jobs but are not doing the work they are passionate about. And they are all waiting for money. Imagine the Martian asking us to explain what is that strange ‘money’ thing we seem to be waiting for. Could you tell him with a straight face that we are waiting for ‘an agreement within a community to use something – really almost anything – as a medium of exchange’? And keep waiting? Our Martian might leave wondering whether there is intelligent life on this planet”
-Bernard Lietaer’s The Future of Money
If you missed the inspiring webinar this week, Timebanking as Community Capital, with Dane County TimeBank Founder Stephanie Rearick, you missed an eye-opening primer into the world of building your own community economy, also known as Timebanking. Far from being a far-fetched fringe movement, creating a community economy that is not centered around money is fast becoming a viable (simple, and easy) form of DIY Economic Justice!
First the lay of the land: We all have something of value, something precious and constant. Time. And we all know ways that we want our world to be better — our own lives to be better. So what are we waiting for? (Hint, if you answered money, you are in for a surprising alternative!) Timebanking is simple. Give an hour. Get an hour. Skills in this simple economic transaction aren’t weighted by value (for example an hour of legal advice is valued the same as an hour of pet care) and that is what makes it beautiful, simple and powerful.
We all have something to give, and we are all looking to receive services or products — but money gets in the way.
Now that you are ready to start your own community timebank, onto the practical application: Many forms of software are available, and there are resources galore to get you started (check out Timebanks.org as a first step).
“We have what we need, if we use what we have.” Let the bartering begin! Thanks Stephanie for opening our eyes to another form of commerce, one that is surely going to become a mainstay in many communities.