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Father of timebanking visits New Zealand for the first time

Submitted by on August 12, 2015 – 7:51 pm 2 Comments
Widely known as the father of timebanking, Dr Edgar Cahn is visiting New Zealand for the first time.

Widely known as the father of timebanking,
Dr Edgar Cahn is visiting New Zealand for the first time.

A self declared humanitarian from birth, Dr. Edgar Cahn has dedicated his life to fighting injustice and poverty. A distinguished legal professor, former speech writer to Robert F. Kennedy and the founder of Timebanking and the Co-production principle, this man has a remarkable story.

Timebanking uses time as a medium of exchange; one hour earns one time credit which buys one hour of someone else’s time. It is an effective community development tool that connects people who would not otherwise meet across demographic and geographic boundaries.

Timebanks build resilient communities, promote wellbeing through the act of giving and receiving, and reduce isolation of vulnerable individuals. With equality at its core, people are valued equally for their skills regardless of professional status or income level. This has been profoundly empowering for many members of our community.

Dr. Edgar Cahn will be visiting Wellington on his way to join the 10-year celebrations of the Lyttelton Timebank, the first of its kind in New Zealand. This Timebank became well-known in the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquakes where it proved itself as an effective tool for building resilient, thriving communities.

The Wellington Timebank started in 2011 and is now a community of 600 members trading over 400 hours a month. Members exchange everything from haircuts to phobia coaching and fishing lessons. This wonderfully diverse membership share their skills, knowledge and time with each other while seemlessly building stronger communities around themselves.

The Wellington Timebank, with support from the Wellington City Council, is delighted to be hosting a public talk with Dr. Edgar Cahn. His talk will introduce and deepen your understanding of both Timebanking and Co-production as a principle for strengthening the social sector. Eloquent, passionate and with a spontaneous sense of humour, Edgar Cahn is renowned for inspiring audiences with a powerful vision of a compassionate and fair society.

There will be a Q&A and a chance to mingle afterwards.

Event Details: Tuesday 1st September, 5.30 – 6.30pm, Mac’s Function Centre (Taranaki St Wharf)

RSVP by Friday 28 August at:


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  • 🙂
    Won’t time banking stifle innovation ?
    If I get my haircuts and food from hoeing, won’t a hoeing technological advance be disastrous for me ?
    We research and promote Money/Barter free.
    All work voluntary. Everything free.

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  • Sarah Pritchett says:

    On the contrary Richard, Timebanking inspires innovation and creativity. I speak as one of the Lyttelton Harbour Timebanking coordinators. In Timebanking you don’t do direct trades so I could earn some timecredits by cutting someone’s hair, then save those credits to spend at another time on complementary therapy, or having a jersey knitted or having some te reo lessons, or even having my garden hoed. In a timebank you are not limited by one skill or talent but you can respond to requests as they come up. So even if no one wants you to hoe their garden you can earn credits in numerous other ways and you may discover talents and skills you didn’t know you had.

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