United Reciprocation System --------------
†† †† In brief
††† ††In more detail
hOURS is a trading system that builds community and gives people increased opportunity to
utilize their skills. It forges interpersonal relationships and enhances our quality
of life. Communities that use it get enriched, as underutilized resources see the
light of day.
Kim tills the soil in Paulís garden.
Paul helps Diane paint her house.
Diane builds a solar water heater for Felicia.
(and password retrieval)
Felicia prepares the food for Samís big party.
Sam feeds and walks Mariaís dog while sheís away.
Maria cuts Chris's hair.
|Itís not bartering, but rather
an alternative form of money, which allows a slew of useful activities to occur.
Under barter, for Kim to till Paulís garden, Paul must have something Kim wants
directly in exchange. Or, we could coordinate the big circular trade written here
in orange - but with hOURS we need not do either...
nuts-n-bolts, how to use hOURS
|Testimonials and related links||Using the hour as a unit of money gets us past that. Dollars could be used, but they are in short supply and frequently not available for such.||
Chris fixes Patís bicycle.
Pat does Ronís taxes.
Ron gives Kim violin lessons...
Yeah yeah I wanna sign up!
Philosophy behind the creation of hOURS
Reasons to participate in the system
The political significance of alternative currency
How and why organizations and businesses can participate