The Triple Crunch
In early 2009 Sue Ball (MAAP) and Sarah Spanton (Waymarking) as active members of the Leeds arts community, sought to alert the sector to the interlinked crises of credit, climate and energy as described by the NEF’s (New Economics Foundation) report on the Triple Crunch (www.neweconomics.org)
In March 2010 under the organisational umbrella of MAAP, the steering group successfully applied to Arts Council England for a small grant to set up and run a test period for Leeds Creative Timebank. Employing artist Michael Burkitt as Timebroker, members were recruited via a series of events and meetings, followed by a period of review.
In April 2011 Steering Group members Sarah Spanton and Sue Ball reworked the on-line administrative and procedural mechanisms and trained new Timebrokers.