Yes, that’s a good question!* It was too ambitious for me to complete a summary for each interview at this stage, however this is what I have been working on in the meantime:
– I compiled a summary of the questions and comments from all interviews and conversations I have had in both the North Island and South Island since February.
– I took this list with me when I attended a TBANZ meeting in Lyttelton, on the 29th of August this year. Some very exciting developments came out of this meeting, including the idea for the upcoming National Time Banking Hui. I was very much in favour of the hui, to further promote the main idea behind the summaries of my interviews – knowledge sharing – as this is best approached in a collaborative way. I am sure that the hui will be a fantastic opportunity for this. The Lyttelton team also were pleased to receive these notes, as it gave them some further ideas regarding the information that new Time Banks need, and also for resources to put up on the TBANZ website (which will be online soon).
– We are also working hard here in Dunedin to establish our new TimeBank, and I’ve been encouraging many of our members to attend the hui, as well as going through my list of contacts in both the North and South Island to promote the hui (especially the availability of travel funding for those further away) to encourage as many people as possible to attend.
– I am also starting to help with the TBANZ forum, which is very close to being launched. The forum will be the ideal means of continuing our conversations that will begin at the hui, and of extending these conversations to include those who were not able to attend.
*In case you are wondering what this means, I visited some wonderful people all around the North Island in June this year, members and co-ordinators of the following Timebanks: Wellington South, Taita (in Lower Hutt, Wellington), Otaki, Kapiti, Whakatane and Kaitaia. During these interviews it was suggested that a useful idea would be to produce short bullet point summaries of each interview and post them here on the blog, to facilitate knowledge sharing. I am still going to write these up, and now that the teaching semester is over and we’re moving into the Summer break here at Otago, I am looking forward to re-visiting these interviews during this calm, relaxed period between semesters.