Edgar S. Cahn started out as a law professor, was Bobby
Kennedy’s speech writer and a civil rights campaigner.
He is best known as the originator of timebanking, which
operates in more than 34 countries and 6 continents. Edgar hit
upon this revolutionary idea while recovering in hospital from
a heart attack. For the first time in his life he was
dependent on others and unable to repay the people who were
caring for him.
Timebanking is accepted as being a way for communities to
create mutual support networks, helping one another and
underpinning national statutory services.