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TimeBanking founder to visit

Emmaus In garden standing up DSC 6229 1 2Our Lyttelton Harbour Timebank turns 10 this year.

Professor Edgar Cahn, the originator of Timebanking worldwide is coming to New Zealand to help mark the occasion.

There will be two events where you will be able to hear Prof Cahn speak: at the birthday celebrations on the 4 September which will be for Timebank members and at a large public event on Thursday 3 September in the city.

Follow the link at the right to view an invitation to attend the vents on 3rd September.

Biography of Edgar Cahn

Edgar Cahn, PhD, JD Distinguished Professor of Law, UDC School of Law. CEO, TimeBanks USA, Ashoka Fellow. Co-Founder (with late wife, Jean Camper Cahn) the National Legal Services program as part of the War on Poverty, the Antioch School of Law (now the UDC School of Law). Cahn is regarded as a founder of poverty law,

a pioneer in creating clinical legal education, the founder of a global TimeBanking movement, and a social justice innovator undertaking to incorporate system change in legal education and inject co-production into service delivery and community development.


Time Dollars and TimeBanking This is a unique tax-exempt local currency now utilized in 40 states and 37 nations to generate mutual exchange and civic engagement needed to address major social problems. TimeBanking provides a new medium of exchange to link untapped capacity to unmet needs and to rebuild the Core Economy of family, neighborhood, community and civil society.

Co-Production As a framework for system change, Cahn has reframed CoProduction utilizing TimeBanking to specify the elements involved in transforming clients from passive consumers to active co-producers of outcomes.

Time Dollar Youth Court A teen court authorized by the DC Superior Court that handled more than fifty percent of non-violent crimes by teenagers in the District of Columbia. It reduced recidivism below ten percent by empowering a teen jury (earning time credits) to impose sentences on first offenders. (Refunding is being sought to revive it.)

National Homecomers Academy Created by a collaborative process that brought experts and former inmates together, the National Homecomers’ Academy incorporates a vision of reentry that enables homecomers to redefine themselves as community builders on a journey of service and learning. Today, homecomers associated with the Academy provide safe passage across gang territories in Washington D.C.'s most troubled neighborhoods.

CareBanks. As an Ashoka Fellow, Cahn pioneered Carebanks as an adaptation of TimeBanking to provide a form of long term care insurance with premiums paid in Time Dollars earned helping others. Different versions are creating the informal care system so essential to avoiding nursing home institutionalization.

Racial Justice initiative Seeking to dismantle structural racism in juvenile justice and child welfare, Cahn formulated a novel legal theory and strategy designed to give rise to a legally enforceable obligation for officials to use validated, less expensive alternatives when present practice perpetuates racial disparities. Public Notice Hearings are in use to contrast present practice with alternatives that work giving rise to pressures from multiple sources to compel the use of knowledge.

Education: B.A. Swarthmore; M.A. Yale (English); Ph.D Yale (English); J.D. Yale; Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Fulbright Scholar (Cambridge University), Order of the Coif, Articles & Book Review Editor, Yale Law Journal; Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities; Founder’s Award, National Council on Aging; 1997 American Association of Law Schools William Pincus Award for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Legal Education; Point of Light 1997; Co-op Quarterly 1998 Building Economic Alternatives Award - Fostering a Sustainable Economy; Medal of Distinction, D.C. Superior Court 2000; National Equal Justice Library Article Award 2002; Servant of Justice Award 2004; Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2007; Arthur S. Flemming Senior Advocate Award 2008; Ashoka Fellow & Senior Fellow 2008; ABA General Practice Section: Difference Making Award (2009); National Legal Aid & Public Defender Charles Dorsey Award for Passionate Commitment to Equal Justice for All 2009; UDC Presidential Award for Exceptional Service to Society 2010; D.C. Commission on Human Rights Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Contributions 2013; Pioneer of Justice –Neighborhood Legal Service Program 2014.

Writings: The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective; Hunger U.S.A.; Our Brothers Keeper: The Indian in White America; Time Dollars; No More Throw-Away People; Priceless Money and numerous law review articles.

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