The Austin Time Exchange Network (ATEN) provides a complementary currency that enables members to build community through the exchange of services.
The Austin Time Exchange Network Board members work to keep ATEN’s mission focused. You can build groups or make exchanges for a variety of purposes, but if you feel you need any support, please feel free to reach out to one of us, or email the entire board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sheila is a working mom of two and 15 year resident of Austin. Her interests include gardening/farming, and child development and sewing. She runs several businesses that keep her busy including Urban Explorer Camp and Sheilasewing. Sheila believes that everyone should get what they need regardless of the amount of legal US currency they have or don’t have.
Amanda Jones has been in Austin since 2005, striving to manifest artistic impulses and engage communities with creativity. She joined ATEN in the summer of 2009. Prior to putting down roots in Austin, Amanda studied Arts and Social Change at Hampshire College (Massachusetts) and briefly in South Africa.
- Rich is a software developer who works with many nonprofit and community groups in the interests of empowering them through technology. He is one of the co-founders and current Board President of Lights. Camera. Help. He is also on the Board of EFF-Austin and is webmaster for Cine Las Americas. His current causes include promoting open source software, creative commons and computer security. @drapetomaniac
Karen Gifford graduated in 2001 with a BA from the Friends World Program of Long Island University after studying the cohesiveness within Permaculture communities in Argentina and Cuba for her senior thesis project. She has devoted her time since college to endeavors focused on sustainable development, cultural preservation, and community economics and moved to Austin in her home state of Texas with the intention of founding the Austin Time Exchange in 2006. To learn more about the start of ATEN, please view this footage from this 2006 newscast with Austin's NBC affiliate on KXAN.