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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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South Korea learns from Lyttelton

Marg Korea

When time bank organisers in South Korea heard of a conference being organised to talk about empowering communities in the wake of disaster they suggested Margaret Jefferies be invited to speak on the experiences with disaster in Lyttelton/Christchurch.

The host of the forum was looking for a case where victims actively participated as agents of social reconstruction and healing.
Margaret travelled with Project Lyttelton board member Anne Mackay in November to attend the conference and visit time banks in South Korea.

The conference was hosted by the 4.16 Foundation, and it addressed “Contemplating Victims Rights in a Risk Society”

“The 4.16 Foundation has formed around the Seawol,” Margaret said.

“They wanted to look at “How can we prevent disasters, how can we manage them better?’,” she said.

Many in the audience were families of the children killed in the 2014 Sewol tragedy and were new to the concept and practice of time banking.
The first day was visits to the memorial sites, the second day was the presentations and the third day was questions and answers.
The overloaded South Korean ferry MV Seawol capsized on April 16, 2014 with 476 passengers on board. Three hundred and four people died including 250 children who were out on a school trip.
Many families of victims still feel angry at the inadequate response and lack of accountability on all levels.
Margaret presented a talk, ‘Recent disasters in New Zealand and how we are coping in a humane way’, on the role the Time Bank played in the aftermath of the earthquakes. She also spoke on her work with the Christchurch Muslim community about moving forward together in an empowered way after the March 15 terrorist attack. Read Margaret’s talk here
Margaret said the the people were beautiful and the memorials were very moving.
“There were people from other disasters there too. It sounds heavy but it wasn’t really. It was about seeing patterns and overcoming them,” Margaret said.
Margaret welcomed the interest shown in time banking at the conference.
“It was really good having Anne there too with her legal background, particularly with questions around some of the legal aspects of the disasters,” Margaret said.
The rest of the trip was meeting with people from time banks in Seoul and Gumi.
The time banks in South Korea have been set up to work with specific communities.
In Seoul the church based time bank focuses a lot of its efforts around people with special needs, the church community has also pooled money to buy a house for youth accommodation.
“It’s very practical, big stuff really,” Margaret said.
The time bank in Gumi is associated with a senior club. It’s very active with around 1800 members.
“A scheme in South Korea sees seniors paid for up to 15 hours a month if they want to continue work, and if they do more they can do it through the time bank,” Margaret said.
“It’s really interesting seeing different time banks using the same tools different ways.”