Anitha, an alumni of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, is the Founder and CEO of Seva Exchange, which is a platform using artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to galvanize global volunteerism by reinventing timebanking services for the modern digital economy. Seva Exchange, has recently formalized a partnership with the Alaska Poor People’s Campaign and the DV Watch group. Prior to founding Seva Exchange, Anitha Beberg had spent more than a decade in software Project Management. While taking time to raise a family, she began to spend even more of her free time volunteering and eventually discovered timebanking, where you give an hour of service, get a time credit redeemable for an hour of service for help for yourself. When she met Dr. Cahn who pioneered timebanking, she knew that emerging software technologies could help the alternative time-based currency to scale globally. Seva Exchange was formed after Edgar Cahn, (the creator of timebanking) gave her the title of Senior Timebanking Fellow and asked her to start a for-profit timebanking entity that would also support the nonprofit. Anitha partnered with Andrew Yang’s US Democratic campaign that touted timebanking to be one of their policies and built the Humanity First App that gives time credits to those volunteering for Yang’s political campaign. Anitha hopes to mainstream timebanking around the world, which is especially important during and after this global pandemic to help individuals and marginalized communities get back on their feet and become resilient.
Dr. Edgar S. Cahn is the creator of Time Dollars and the founder of TimeBanks USA, as well as the co-founder of the National Legal Services Program and the Antioch School of Law (now the David A. Clarke School of Law).
He is the author of No More Throw Away People: The Co-Production Imperative, Time Dollars (co-author Jonathan Rowe, Rodale Press, 1992), Our Brother’s Keeper: The Indian in White America, (1972) and Hunger USA.
More details about Edgar Cahn’s career of service in furtherance of social justice can be found on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_S._Cahn
Joining TimeBanks USA in 1999 as a volunteer, then as Associate for Special Projects, Christine became CEO of TimeBanks USA in 2009-2011 and joined the Board in 2012. Dedicated to spreading TimeBanking, she continues to take on multiple roles, including training, writing articles, making presentations, and partnering with community organizers at the grass-roots level.
Christine secured her doctoral degree in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011. Her doctoral thesis was published as The Tribal Moment in American Politics: The Struggle for Native American Sovereignty in June, 2013 by the Alta Mira Press. http://www.amazon.com/Christine-K.-Gray/e/B00BU7Z0G6
Tim graduated in sociology and economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He became an activist in the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1970s but was captured and sentenced to a long prison term by the apartheid regime. However, he escaped from Pretoria Prison in 1979 with two others, and went into exile in the UK where he continued to play a role in the anti-apartheid struggle. In the 1980s, he developed a unique crypto communication system that was critical in the realisation of the new democratic dispensation in 1994. In 2020 a major movie, Escape from Pretoria, was released that focuses on his activism, with Daniel Radcliffe playing him in the lead role. From 1997 until 2014 he ran his own IT company, assisting the fledgling government into the internet era. In 2003 he launched the Community Exchange System, the first mutual credit platform on the internet. CES also pioneered inter-trading between exchange groups, creating the first global, alternative exchange network, which now links several similar systems.
More detail about Tim Jenkin’s activities in the furtherance of freedom can be found on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Jenkin
Martin works as a social innovator and neighbourhood organiser, and is passionate about solidarity and social justice. He trained as a community organiser in the USA and set up the first UK Time Bank, (Fair Shares) in 1998. He was CEO of Timebanking UK and has advised governments and think-tanks across the world on the need to have an eco-system of mediums of exchange, (e.g. sharing, swapping, bartering, neighbourliness and complementary currencies) rather than a mono-culture of conventional money.
He now trains local activists, front-line community workers and managers in community-led change, and until recently was a Director of Nurture Development and Co-Director of ABCD Europe. He writes about community resilience and the restoration of a social commons. In short, he believes that if we constantly look for the best in people and find ways for them to feel good about themselves and their community, then we can begin to build utopia today!