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“Our mission is to create an economy that rewards care, courtesy and passion form justice.” Or, as the title of the famous article by its founder Edgar S. Cahn says: no more exclusion!
The Timedollar Institute was created in the 1980s by Edgar S. Cahn and after different phases in its history today it can count over 65 active member groups in the USA as well as a network of international partners that sprung from it.
The Institute’s activities vary and obviously range from the most traditional application of the community Time Bank model, to juvenile crime prevention programs and education programs based on carefully chosen curricula aimed at realizing the potential of the specific abilities of the young people who participate in them.
In reality, far from being just a Time Bank in itself, in the last few years the Institute has been dedicating most of its energies to spreading Cahn’s fundamental concepts and ideas, and trying to apply them, both by making the theories more available and promoting actual education campaigns for whoever wants to learn more about the exchange of time without the involvement of money, or for whoever wants to set up their own Time Bank.
More recently Timedollar has been promoting the concept of Co-Production through which it strives to provide the conceptual basis to the collaboration between the beneficiaries and professionals of social services. The four basic principles of Co-Production are:
• each person can contribute to building the wellbeing of the community;
• the concept of work must be redefined to include any action that contributes to raising healthy children and rendering the community safer and more active, and that offers opportunities for the protection of the weak or vulnerable;
• reciprocity lies at the base of almost all human relationships and so it is necessary to value interdependence within social relationships;
• social networks need to invest in social capital, based on trust, reciprocity and social involvement.
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