As a response to the other topic "Increasing development activity through GDnet" I'd like to suggest a time bank that would enable everyone to offer an alternate currency to encourage development. The details should probably be discussed as to the functionality of this idea, but something I would suggest is a negative interest rate over the stretch of the year, this would be for hours earned to ensure people cannot horde hours and encourage development of games. With the time sensitivity of a negative interest rate, the incentive to spend earned hours helps push development.
This could be a powerful tool for all digital developers beyond gaming however starting with gamedev is useful since so many designers here are looking for help and often have nothing to offer in return, offering a monetized sum of hours allows a designers to pay developers with something many of us covet and encourages them to earn hours by offering their own skills. This would work well along side the reputation rating since a person can also be rated based on their banked or owing hours.