An Accorderie (the name is a play on words between accord, meaning “agreement” but also “chord”, and corderie, rope factory) is a network of people who offer their service in exchange of another.
This system contributes reducing inequalities and exclusion by strengthening bonds between people regardless of their socioeconomic background. Cooperation and the exchange of services improve the living conditions of the networks’ members, the Accordeurs (“tuners”).
Each Accordeurs has access to the services of the members of their local Accorderie. The system is simple: if Tom wants an hour of cooking class from Sarah, he will have to give her an hour from his “time bank account” in return. Each member has a “Time Bank”, where their time available is noted. No money other than time is involved in the exchanges.
The concept comes for Quebec where the first accorderie opened in 2002. Today, the system has spread accross the Atlantic including in Paris where four networks exist: Paris 19, Paris 18, Paris 14 and Paris Grand Belleville.
List of Accorderies in Paris:
– L’accorderie du 19e,
234 rue de Crimée (19e)
Métro : Crimée
Phone. : 01 40 38 94 21
– L’Accorderie du 18e,
Café littéraire Le Petit Ney, 10 avenue de la Porte Montmartre
Métro: Porte de Clignancourt ou Porte de Saint-Ouen
Phone: 01 84 17 35 14
– L’Accorderie du 14e,
6 rue Maurice Bouchor
Métro: Porte de Vanves
Phone: 01 45 43 90 94
– L’Accorderie du Grand Belleville (10e,11e,20e)
Centre Social et Culturel La Maison du Bas Belleville, 126 bd de Belleville
Phone: 01 43 66 64 56