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How did Time Banking start?

Edgar S Cahn developed the Time Banking concept in the USA. Since then, it has spread to many countries around the world. Time Banking acknowledges we all have something to contribute to our communities and that what we offer is valued. Project Lyttelton has set up New Zealand's first Time Bank and now advises other communities on developing their own Time Bank.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about Time Banking we recommend Edgar S. Cahn's book - No More Throw Away People:

"If we accept a market definition of work, there are a few minor omissions worth nothing. Work does not include: raising children, taking care of one's elder parents, keeping one's family functioning, being a good neighbor, or being a good citizen. So work includes everything - except family, community and democracy. Some of us think those things are rather important. If they can't be addressed as work within the market, it is clear we need a larger framework than that supplied by market." (page 41).