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Wednesday, March 6th 2019 2:00 PM — 3:30 PM

TfA Coordinator Call - Co-Production

TimeForAll Coordinator Call Subject: When Co-Production Dances with TimeBanking -- How Each Can Support The Other to Build Community.


Dear Timebank Coordinators,

You are invited to participate in the TimeForAll Timebank coordinator teleconference calls on the first Wednesday of the month. The next conference call is:

Wednesday, March 6, 2019  from 2:00 to 3:30 pm Eastern USA Time (GMT -0500)

Online Meeting Link:

Dial-In Number:  (712) 770-4010 - United States

Access Code:  843317#

International Dial-In Numbers

In the upcoming March coordinator call we will be discussing how co-production can dance in your timebank -- and what that could mean! But first off:  What IS co-production, and how does it tie in to timebanking?  Here’s a quick explanation.

Many of you will know that Edgar Cahn, widely seen as the founder of modern-day timebanking, spelled out the core values of timebanking along with the prime rule: one hour = one hour. What may be less familiar to you is that he saw in those same core values the idea that any organization providing social services could use them (and timebanking, too) to open up opportunities for clients and service recipients to become valued partners in achieving mission. Respected and valued for their contributions, service users would be empowered to express and grow their strengths and join in community. Outcomes would improve. A huge win win.

Edgar used the rather technical sounding name of “co-production” to describe this change, and saw timebanking at its heart. Co-production represents a big shift in the way that service organizations operate -- but over time, the idea has been spreading, especially overseas. For a really lovely example of co-production at work, visit the website of the Wales Co-Production Network,

For this upcoming call, we have invited an international panel of timebanking leaders to share their own understanding of co-production, how they have used it, the results they have seen, and advice they would offer. A Q and A session will follow. Please join us in what will surely be a powerful, informative discussion about co-production and timebanking working together, what that can achieve, and where the future points..

The panel discussion and Q and A will be facilitated by Eric Bachman.

Since we are awaiting final confirmation from a couple of members of the panel, we will announce the panel members shortly, prior to the call.

Added Note: A short but important history:

In 2003, Edgar learned that Nobel prize-winning economist Elinor Ostrom had created the idea of co-production in the early 1980s -- some 15 years before he came up with it. The two versions were born in different contexts -- hers, the academic world of economics, his, the practical experience of timebanking as a vehicle for social justice. They had obvious differences; but the underlying idea was identical. Edgar and Elinor met. She invited him to speak at her center in Bloomington, IN. In learning of Elinor’s prior authorship, Edgar has always and respectfully acknowledged Elinor’s work in any discussion of co-production. As does this note.


At the scheduled date and time of the meeting (or earlier if you can),

  • dial into the conference line by telephone if possible (the sound is improved). When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the # key.
  • To join the online meeting and view the screen share (if it is being used), click on the online meeting link and click “Join the Meeting.” You can use the same link to use the VOIP phone call if you are not using a telephone, following the instructions.  Join the meeting:
  • Recordings of past calls are posted under Meeting Resources.  

Log time credits for attending or helping with these calls at TimeForAll Timebanks and joining the TimeForAll Timebank. Or, choose to give time credits to TimeForAll for the work in providing these calls. Your choice! :)  Your time is important to the TimeBank Movement we are all creating!


Note: The calls will generally be of three kinds.

  • Open Forums, where all coordinators on the call are invited to pose questions or comments and seek responses from other coordinators on the call. The subject line in the invite will include the words “Open forum.”
  • Topic Forums, where the presenter puts a specific topic on the table for the participants on the call to discuss. The call opens with a short introduction by the presenter as to the topic up for discussion, then turns to the participants for a discussion.
  • Coordinator Sharing calls, an established coordinator (or in some cases two or more coordinators from the same TimeBank) shares his or her experience relating to a specific aspect of TimeBanking, and then answers questions or comments from those on the call. The chosen topic will appear in the subject of the invite.


Happy Timebanking!

The TimeForAll Team