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MadisonOriginalsMagazine.com | 41 timebanking in the healthiest possible way. This will include developing a combination of TimeBanking (with no connection to monetary value) and other mutual credit modules that are more business-accessible in order to nd ways to make these tools more sustainable and to generate more signicant economic impact. No matter what the form, Stephanie’s projects are likely to involve operational models that value all participants, no matter how rich or poor. Her commitment is to engage people who don’t realize they have something to offer as well as individuals with obvious talent and skill. As often as not, the exchange is around caring and care- giving. But Stephanie’s reach extends far beyond the Dane County residents who have experienced TimeBanking in its purest form—one to one. She has trained scores of organizers from other states and countries. Similar principles rule three TimeBank Youth Courts. In cooperation with Madison Police and school authorities, the TimeBank has adapted a model where youth who are just beginning to “get into trouble” can get a fair shake from their peers. For example, if two kids get in a street ght, through fullling their Youth Court sentence they might be able to avoid a juvenile record altogether. The sentence is likely to involve anger management training and service. Then there is the Coming Home project, where TimeBank members go into corrections facilities and teach meditation, nonviolent communication, and other skills for living outside prison walls. When men and women leave prison, they can count on a circle of support once a week to help them adjust to community life. The same TimeBank has a store where customers pay in time rather than dollars. MGE has helped the TimeBank organize teams to weatherize local homes, and people who don’t know how to ride buses in Madison Metro can learn how to get from one place to the other with the guidance of other TimeBank members. Some Northside Farmers Market vendors have been accepting TimeBank Hours for several years now, and more than 100 community organizations have joined so they can offer and receive help without using checks, credit cards, or cash to get things done. How do they do it? Chances are that Stephanie and her various talents have come to the fore. Her serious, sometimes tough demeanor is tempered by a propensity to laugh at absurdity, and then comment in the lyrics of a song. One of her rst bands was called Your Mom , and another was The Coma Savants . In an interview on the Conscious Media Network, Stephanie summed up her unique blend of optimism and realism. She quotes a friend who said, “The good news is we’d all be better off with less; the bad news is we’re all going to be better off.” It’s fair to say that Madison is better off with Stephanie Rearick in the mix. To hear Stephanie’s music or see the impact of her work, visit danecountytimebank .org, stephanierearick.com, or blog .timeftw.org. You can also watch her presentation at the Economics of Peace Conference on YouTube. Rick Brooks is an Outreach Program Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Photograph provided by Stephanie Rearick . Home of the 20 oz. Bone-in Tenderloin s&RIDAY.IGHTˆ&RESH0AN FRIED0ERCH s3ATURDAY.IGHTˆ0RIME2IB s3UNDAYˆ#HICKEN$INNER3PECIAL s,ATE.IGHT"AR-ENU (Beginning at 10:00 p.m.) OPEN DAILY "AR/PENSATˆ$INNERAT &OR2ESERVATIONS#ALL 256-3570 Entrances at 3(AMILTON 7-AIN3TREET &AMOUSFOR3TEAKS