- the World Heritage Exchange Trading System
WHETS, a glocal timebank with a time-based credit, is (currently being) developed in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (1972) facilitating collaborative exchanges in support of natural and cultural heritage of Outstanding Universal Value while building inclusive, empowered and resilient communities.
WHETS is simple, free and based on the currency we all have: Time.
Earn ￦ by sharing your time and talents (1 hour = 1 ￦) and spend ￦ on assistance and/or services offered by others.
￦ circulate freely between individuals and organisations with a WHETS account willing to accept ￦ for their offers.
WHETS matches needs and skills of network members for potential exchange.
Through WHETS all members are valued and rewarded for their time, talents, skills, interactions and contributions. By acknowledging that everyone has something to offer, WHETS realises assets that otherwise would lie dormant in people, communities and organizations.
- for what money can't buy
- Empowered and resilient communities -
- Co-created solutions to complex challenges -
- Participatory governance -
- Sustainable consumption and production -
- Responsible tourism and incentivised visitors -
Asset & inclusivity
We are all assets, with something to give or share. There shall be room and opportunities for everyone to support the ideals set out through the World Heritage Convention and in efforts building community.
Efforts that build community, raise healthy children, revitalize neighborhoods, sustain traditions, makes democracy work, advances social justice and makes the planet sustainable is valuable work. It needs to be honored and rewarded.
Capacity is built through collaboration and reciprocity. Instead of “How can I help you?” ask “How can we help each other build the world we all will live in?”
Joined in shared purpose we are stronger than individuals. Helping each other, we reweave communities of support, strength & trust.
Every human being matters. Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.
Adapted from https://timebanks.org/more-about-timebanking
Benefits & plans
WHETS is designed to benefit individuals in their personal and professional capacity, as well as World Heritage site management authorities, governments, organisations and private sector. Learn how you may benefit from WHETS and build inclusive, empowered and resilient communities.
At home / on holiday / at work
'WHETS in it for you'
culture & heritage attractions / cultural activities / sports activities & events / health & wellness / social gatherings / festivals / entertainment / other
local flavours / home made meals / supper clubs / a cup of tea or coffee / cooking classes / catering / community kitchens / other
hospitality / home stays / camping & glamping / shelters / other
transportation / travel & tourism / guiding & booking / vehicle rental / car pooling / lifts / other
Get it done
domestic tasks / errands & shopping / gardening / harvesting / dog walking / carpentry & crafts / painting / plumbing / electrical / mechanics / maintenance & repair / labour, assistance & services / other
Work and Learn
professional support / management / technical support / web & software development / graphic design / bookkeeping & auditing / legal support / research & innovation / other
Do good - feel better
recycling & clean-up / special needs support / special projects / support World Heritage / other
Protect World Heritage
Exchange and collaboration category accessible to World Heritage professionals and practitioners.
WHETS by Partners
With a WHETS account you can benefit from a number of partner offers. These incentives are negotiated on the basis of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and specifically Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production.