Well it has taken a lot longer than it should have done, but we are finally there. The new TBUK website has been launched.
After listening to members at our consultation events at the beginning of the summer, one thing that was consistently voiced was the need to update our website, making it far easier to find information and access material related to timebanking. We listened, and we spent the following six months working up and a new site with a simplified design. We have also added a few neat features, including a direct link to Time-ON-line so people can see exactly what the latest number of hours traded are; photo and video galleries; a new resource all about research on timebanking from the academic world; and a more interactive version of the ‘find my nearest’ function, which allows timebanks to search for others doing similar work.
But despite all that progress, this is still early days. We have ambitious plans for the coming months, including adding greater social networking functionality, and building up our membership section so we can showcase the incredible diversity of timebanking projects going on around the country.
In the mean time we need your help and feedback. If you spot any bugs or broken links, and and if you have ideas about how the site can improve in the coming months then email us and let us know.
And finally, we need to say a big thank you to NESTA for the help and support they have given us to develop the website, revamp the branding and most importantly, to think about how Timebanking UK can meaningfully add value in the coming years. We look forward to a bright future!
We were glad to see Camden Shares launch its fantastic new website last week. The new site lays out much more clearly what Camden Shares is all about – making stuff happen for people in Camden!
The site works in the same way as the Timeber Wharf Time Bank website (below), which was supported in development by Timebanking UK. It is build on open source software, and allows the broker to quickly and easily post wants and offers. Because it is all built on open source software, the ‘theme’ is fully customisable, and in time, as our timebanking software progresses, it will link up fully with the ability to actually manage exchanges there and then on the site. We think this could be a really important step in broadening timebanking, and bringing it to a wider audience.
If you are thinking of developing a new website for your timebank, why not get in touch and we can help you think through the options and what specifications will work most effectively with our software. We can even give you a wordpress template with basic functions – such as posting news, wants, offers and completed exchanges.
We are sure that technology is going to play a big part in the future of timebanking. It isn’t everything, but it is going to enable people to access timebanking exchanges more easily than is sometimes currently the case.