Check out the latest videos in our Recipes for Change video toolbox.

Time banks are an amazing way for communities to share the things they love to do with each other using time instead of money as currency. The concept is simple: 1. You spend 1 hour doing something for someone in your community and 2. You earn one “time dollar” that goes into the time bank. 3. You spend your time dollar having someone do something for you and then 4. Repeat!

The time bank movement is helping neighbors all over the country shift us away from economies based on consumption to economies based on relationships. The Center for a New American Dream's Get2Gether Neighborhood Challenge encourages neighbors from all over the U.S. to start new ways of sharing to build and transform communities, and timebanks are the place to start.

Get practical advice for Jules and Martha on starting a play street. After three years of running the Shore Blvd Astoria Water Walk, Jules and Martha are definitely experts in the best way to approach your community and local government. Get ready to open your streets up for play! Thanks to Good Eye Video for producing the video.

We're excited to release our newest installment in our #RecipesforChange series. Ever wonder how to make use of all that spring and summer rain in your garden? Let Devona Sharpe teach you how to build your own rain barrel! Thanks to Devona for sharing her skills and expertise, and to GoodEyeVideo for producing this wonderful video!

Learn how to keep urban chickens with Bee Ayer from Brooklyn Farmyards. Thanks to Good Eye Video for producing the video and thanks to Bee for sharing her expertise and being first in the series of how-to videos.


One of ioby's founding principles is that people who live in a community know what's best for the community. As a result, we take a non-expert role in the tools we provide. Instead, we let ioby project leaders themselves tell their own story of how they were able to successfully complete their projects. These tips, techniques and lessons learned are collected and distributed in a toolkit we call Recipes for Change. Co-authored with the design platform Places for All, we created this toolkit to reach a particular segment of ioby's base: those without regular access or knowledge of the Internet. 


ioby is a crowd-resourcing platform because good ideas need more than just money. We allow emerging leaders in urban areas to share their environmental ideas and projects to build a community of likeminded people. It is our intention to build the toolkit in both hard and digital versions, to better serve our base and to make ioby an idea-sharing platform that could bring about the crowd-accelerated innovation the environmental community so urgently needs. 

If you'd like to order a hard copy of this toolkit, please email A downloadable PDF version will be available soon.