We all have something to give
The real wealth of a society is its people. Every human being can be a contributor, no matter who they are and what their experience in life has been.
Timebanking Core Values
American legal professor and social justice campaigner Edgar Cahn created Timebanking in 1980, and his Five Core Values of Timebanking are below.
Everyone is an asset; society’s real wealth is its people.
Work has to be redefined to value what it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make communities work, advance social justice, and make the planet sustainable. That kind of work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.
The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?”
Networks are stronger than individuals. People help each other re-weave communities of support, strength and trust. Community is built upon growing roots, building trust and creating networks.
Respect underlies everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of community. When respect is denied to anyone, we all are injured. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be in the future.