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Edgar Cahn, ‘I think we’re learning that money isn’t what we thought it was, that bankers aren’t what we thought they were, and that the monetary system is not enabling us to get to where we need to get to,’ he says. ‘Money that depends upon repayment of interest requires that we have to keep producing more and more in a world that’s having to learn how to become sustainable.’
"For while the market economy locks out those not capable of contributing financially – e.g. through lack of employment or illness – and charity and the benefits system define people by what they can’t do, timebanking says that everyone is an asset. It builds up the ‘core economy’ of family and community, and redefines work to include activities that often have no value in the market economy, such as caring for children and vulnerable people and making communities stronger, by inviting people to share their skills and time, in return for another’s time or, increasingly, for ‘goodies’.
Read the rest of the interview here.