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For each event held at the Flow Factory, participants are invited to choose from a variety of currencies in order to more adequately meet their needs. While Federal Reserve Notes are welcome, and currently necessary in order to pay for utilities and rent, in order to more fully engage the wealth of the community, the Flow Factory also accepts Time Dollars, Growbucks, and barer arrangements for the majority of activities that it offers. By buiding upon these alternative currencies, we are able to manufacture a more holistic approach to economic health, appealing not only to the fiscal accountability of the Federal Reserve Note, but also to the civic responsibility of citizenship and participatory enjoyment of community.

Although the Federal Reserve Note can be utilized quite well to manage the limited resources of certain materials and public utilities, we believe that there is much greater wealth in an engaged community devoted to establishing systems of creativity, resilience, sustainability, and quality of life. In order to create a foundation upon which to build this wealth, the Flow Factory offers a variety of workshops, productions, classes, and opportunities for personal, career, and artistic growth. By offering a space of versatility and community engagement, our highest goal is to enhance the ability for Flow, defined both as the individual experience of optimal enjoyment through active purpose, and as the movement of currency which provides for healthy economic stimulation and progressive development.

Developed as a community third place, the Flow Factory encourages community members to develop a sense of ownership of the facility by participating in its operations by accepting Time Dollars or Growbucks for the services they offer. As teachers, inventors, performers, organizers, and artists, the members of our community are invited to share their gifts while simultaneously inspiring others to share theirs, opening up a deluge of untapped potential and a myriad of new possibilities for healthy economic growth. At the Flow Factory, we aim to open up new conduits for wealth development by fully realizing the wealth at our disposal.


As the Director of Operational Development for the Common Wealth Time Bank, it has been a bit of a challenge to direct the operations while living the life of a nomad. Fortunately, the time bank is still growing thanks to the members who continue to envision a way of operating beyond the limitations of the current financial paradigm. Even more fortunate, now that I have found a place to hang my hat, the Common Wealth Time Bank will soon have an actual building through which it can operate more functionally.

Currently, we are in the process of cleaning up and redesigning the warehouse that has affectionately become known as The Flow Factory. Complete with rooftop gardens, a tool share program, workshop, fused glass kilns, and community meeting space, the Flow Factory will enable members of the time bank to meet more regularly and develop the connections necessary in order to truly allow for our abundance to flow.

Building upon the premise that a truly free market economic system should allow for more than one currency, the Flow Factory will still accept Federal Reserve Notes (after all, we do still have to keep the lights on), but will also accept Time Dollars, barter arrangements, and Growbucks, yet another alternative currency recently developed in Manatee county.

If you would like to get involved in the Flow Factory from the get go, please email me at to schedule a time to come find your flow.