POLITICS, PEDAGOGIES AND COMMONING: REFLECTIONS FROM THE HELSINKI TIMEBANK
Teppo Eskelinen*; Ruby van der Wekken**
* University of Eastern Finland, Finland, email@example.com
** Helsinki timebank, Finland, firstname.lastname@example.org
The article analyses timebanks as a “currency commons” and a complementary currency, particularly highlighting its political (transformative) and pedagogical aspects. Drawing from experiences from Helsinki timebank, the article argues that timebanks should be seen as open and engaging processes rather than mere alternative institutions of exchange. This means, first, recognising the varying perceptions over timebanking and varying motivations of members; and second, analysing how timebanks can feed transformative ideas into co-operation with public authorities. The proposed timetax is presented as an example of such a transformative idea.
Timebanks; Commons; Currency; Social transformation; Pedagogy; Direct democracy; Taxation.
To cite this article: Eskelinen & Van der Wekken (2022) ‘Politics, pedagogies and commoning: reflections from the Helsinki Timebank’ International Journal of Community Currency Research Volume 26 (Issue 1, 2022) 22-29; http://www.ijccr.net; ISSN 1325-9547; DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.15133/j.ijccr.2022.002