Saturday, June 21, 2008

Making More Work Out of Free Time

This strikes me as absolutely insane:

...TimeBanks USA, a nonprofit group that treats time as money, to put the brakes on people's high-velocity lifestyles. TimeBanks members barter blocks of time known as "time dollars." One member may, for example, buy groceries for a stranger in exchange for someone else walking their dog.

So they're trading their time - in the form of doing work for someone else - to have other jobs done for them. Why not just get a second job and hire a personal assistant or dog walker? How is it any different?

After all, isn't employed work just a formalized way of trading your time (and expertise) for money?

How, by any stretch of the imagination, is this "slowing down?"