Andrew Jacksons’s Kitchen Cabinet
TakomaTime kitchen cabinet coordinates the timebank. The name comes originally from Andrew Jackson’s administration in the early 19th century. After numerous scandals and intrigues in his Cabinet, Jackson turned to close friends for advice. Not all were highly respected or considered cabinet worthy. In personal correspondence in 1832, the head of the Bank of the United States, Nicholas Biddle, wrote of the presidential advisors, “the kitchen . . . predominate[s] over the Parlor.” Thereafter, “kitchen cabinet” came to be used for any group of trusted friends and associates, particularly a president’s or presidential candidate’s closest unofficial advisers.
TakomaTime Kitchen Cabinet
The first timebanks, labor exchanges, were typically run by a group of women, often close friends working with self-assumed authority to build a labor exchange. And typically they were sitting around a kitchen table. With timebanks, “kitchen cabinet” took the next step becoming rather literal.
As of this moment, Sharon Villines and Simone Lima are sitting on TakomaTime’s Kitchen Cabinet.