Time Bank/Service Exchange Videos

“Americans face at least three interlocking sets of problems: growing inequality in access by those at the bottom to the most basic goods and services; increasing social problems stemming from the need to rebuild family, neighborhood and community; and a growing disillusion with public programs designed to address these problems” and “the crisis in support for efforts to address social problems stems directly from the failure of . . . piecemeal efforts to rebuild genuine community.” – Time Banks founder, Dr. Edgar S. Cahn

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

Today, these trends have reached their extreme – but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

This short contains some visuals from the upcoming feature doc Occupy Love http://occupylove.org


    • Directed & Edited by Ian MacKenzie
    • Producers: Ian MacKenzie, Velcrow Ripper, Gregg Hill
    • Cinematography: Velcrow Ripper, Ian MacKenzie
    • Animation: Adam Giangregorio, Brian Duffy
    • Music: Chris Zabriskie
    • Additional footage: Steven Simonetti, Pond 5, Youtube
    • Stills: Kris Krug, NASA
    • Special thanks: Charles Eisenstein, Stella Osorojos, Hart Traveller, Clara Roberts-Oss, Line 21 Media

Welcome to Merrymeeting Community Shares

Merrymeeting Community Shares is an hour for an hour service exchange membership organization. For every hour you spend doing something for a member you earn one share. Record it in your account, and you can spend it to buy an hour of another member’s time!

The service exchange system is based on the age-old principles of compassion, mutual responsibility and respect, known as the Core Economy. This system is fundamentally different from a cash economy. When using social currency your capital is never restricted to the numbers on your bank statement. Rather than being completely dependent on the financial fluctuations of your employer, Wall Street, and international business, your wealth is bolstered by the use of your own talents and that of the membership.

In our current economic model we must constantly juggle the use of our time, talent and money. By participating in Merrymeeting Community Shares and reducing one third of that equation, you have time to do more of the things you love. At the same time, you are allowing other members to do for you those things that they enjoy far more than you do. This approach is grounded in the principle of abundance. As expressed by Edgar Cahn, the founder of this system commonly known as ‘time banking’, “We have what we need when we use what we have”.

As a member of Merrymeeting Community Shares you can:

Redefine Your Wealth and Prosperity

Use and Develop your Talents

Have More Fun

Build a Sustainable Community

Contribute to the Unique Quality of the Merrymeeting Bay Region.

In this area, we are privileged to draw from a population wealthy in innovation, resourcefulness, creativity, skills, talent and wisdom. By exchanging these energies we strengthen ourselves as individuals, families, and communities while we enhance the quality of our lives.

Brunswick Peace Fair

Brunswick Peace Fair

The seventh annual Greater Brunswick Peace Fair held on Saturday, August 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Brunswick Mall includes:

  • Local artists, poets and musicians who offer activities that will be fun for the whole family.
  • Some 30 exhibitors, representing local, state, national and international non-profit organizations working to build a non-violent and compassionate society, will be there to share information and discussion.
  • Substantive conversations looking at several approaches to creating such a society: building inner peace; speaking out on issues of injustice and imbalance of power – finding constructive ways to engage the media and our elected leaders, and supporting sustainable initiatives that lead toward cooperation and democracy.

The sponsor is Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks. Look forward to a followup article that will include links and other information on the participants.

Hands On Help

Hands On Help

Need help in your garden? Harvesting? Replanting? Consider putting it out there through MCS. Bring your existing service providers into into the MCS membership and enjoy reciprocal benefits.

If you would like to help others or be helped doing some fall clean-up of the outdoor or indoor variety, or putting those gardens to rest, soon is the time to post your wants and offers. Just login to your account and set up an ad or request. Upload a picture to make it more attractive. Get ready for autumn.

Contribute Your Self

Contribute Your Self

Contact MCS to help publish your event in our Upcoming Events Calendar. Throw a New Membership House Party and we may be able to provide help in advertising, setting-up, conducting, entertainment, and clean-up. If you would like to use our network to promote your services contact us.