Each of the shows I do is going to have a theme. I´ll be the key storyteller and host, but other artists will play out the scenes of the story as the night moves along. So it´s not about any of us just doing a set, but about all of us putting on a show that people will engage with, enjoy, and learn from so that our celebrations feed the life we´re celebrating.
For instance, the ¨Get Off Your A$$!¨ show is about overcoming our addiction to money and realizing that finances are a finite way of looking at abundance. We have more wealth at our disposal than we have been trained to see. Through the Common Wealth Time Bank, we can incorporate an economic tool to enhance our virtues and appreciate our abilities instead of one that merely quantifieslack and negotiates with limitation. By building on our strengths instead of our weaknesses, we shall not have to be as violent and virulent in our competition for scraps, but be more gracious and giving in our collaborative of bounty.
Of course, the Common Wealth Time Bank is merely one avenue through which our abundance can reach fruition. Yet it is an avenue which allows for many more thoroughfares to sprout from the traffic it creates. For instance, by using time dollars, we are starting initiatives like the Garden Brigade, the Generational Wealth program, and the Be the Change initiative. Each of these endeavors will bring great economic advances to our community through expanded relationships, culinary enhancement and sustainability, and creative development. While none of them need to be reliant on time dollars, as they carry their own intrinsic value, the time dollar currency serves as a catalyst for their unfoldment.
It is my hope that through the events that I will be spearheading over the course of the coming year, and throughout the rest of the time I get to spend on this planet, I will help those in attendance come to a greater appreciation of what we can do as a community. We have, in this society, relegated much of our entertainment to stories and songs delivered by people through electronic media, distant from us or simply passing through. In this move to localized attention, I feel that we can more greatly connect to the roles that each of us play in our community and how we can co-create the society we imagine instead of merely echoing someone else´s distant fabrication of how things should be.
Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at The Unbroken Path and is currently the Director of Operational Development for the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.