TimeBanks USA, a registered 501c3 headquartered in Washington D.C., was formed in 1995 by Dr. Edgar S. Cahn to expand the knowledge and field of timebanking and its impact on individuals, youth, families, communities, the environment, and the world. TimeBanks USA is committed to supporting timebanks and our partners to advance timebanking by offering ongoing onsite training opportunities in locations across the country; individualized consultation; ongoing group topical webinars and teleconference calls; an annual conference; and access to numerous resources and research in the field of timebanking.
Dr. Cahn, who originated and designed TimeBanking in 1980 (then called Time Dollars) as a to reward “decency, caring, and a passion for justice” currently serves as the CEO and Chairman of the Board for TimeBanks USA.
The mission of TimeBanks USA is to nurture and expand a TimeBanking movement that promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchanges of time and talents.
A Brief History of TimeBanks USA
As the home of TimeBanking, TimeBanks USA laid the foundations for an expanding network of independent TimeBanks. Some TimeBanks are focused on addressing a specific need, like helping frail elderly remain in their homes, or overcoming a racial divide, or reducing social isolation within a community. Others aim to build a sense of community within a geographic area. Still others are “hybrids” pursuing different goals that combine into the larger mission of rebuilding community. (When you have finished touring our website, we hope you will b e inspired to go visit some indiviidual TimeBank websites. You will be inspired, guaranteed!)
The TimeBanking movement is spreading across the United States and internationally.
Board of Directors
Edgar Cahn, CEO & Chairman of the Board
Dr. Edgar S. Cahn is the creator of Time Dollars and the founder of TimeBanks USA, as well as the co-founder of the National Legal Services Program and the Antioch School of Law (now the David A. Clarke School of Law).
He is the author of “No More Throw Away People: The Co-Production Imperative,” “Time Dollars” (co-author Jonathan Rowe, Rodale Press, 1992), “Our Brother’s Keeper: The Indian in White America,” (1972) and “Hunger USA.”
More details about Edgar Cahn’s career of service in furtherance of social justice can be found on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_S._Cahn
Irvin L Dallas is the founder and president of Dallas Associates, and specializes in organizational strategy and operations and financial management. Over the course of his career, he has worked with governments to improve financial operations, and administrative personnel and financial conditions of school and health systems, including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
As the director of finance and operations in various managed care environments, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, he developed and implemented centralized accounts receivable and statistical reporting systems. He has also served as Senior Auditor at Touche Ross with a client base that included small and start – up companies. He was worked as an economist performing economic impact studies of bank acquisitions and mergers.
Irvin has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University of Chicago, Illinois and master degrees from Sangamon State University, Springfield, Illinois, and Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in Political and Mathematical economics, respectively.
President and CEO of the Phelps Stokes Fund. Former professor and university administrator (Princeton, U. Mass, Rutgers, Harvard and Tufts). Former corporate executive and hospital administrator.
Christine is a former CEO of TimeBanks USA (2009-2011). Her work is focused on the design and implementation of systems change by applying Co-Production, TimeBanking, and whole systems thinking.
With TimeBanking founder Edgar Cahn, Christine has taught courses and workshops on Co-Production, TimeBanking, and systems change at community, professional, and graduate school levels, including the Utah University School of Social Work and the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, and, in the UK, to policy advisors in the Blair government, the New Economics Foundation (nef) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), among others.
Christine secured her doctoral degree in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011. Her doctoral thesis will be published as The Tribal Moment in American Politics: The Struggle for Native American Sovereignty in June, 2013 by the Alta Mira Press. http://www.amazon.com/Christine-K.-Gray/e/B00BU7Z0G6
Sheryl Walton, MPH, is a community health educator specializing in supporting residents, parents, community groups, and agencies seeking to build on the assets and strengths of low-income, multi-cultural communities to improve health and quality of life.
Sheryl’s areas of experience include planning, training, and technical assistance in the broad field of community-based public health, with an emphasis in resident leadership development and engagement, root causes of racial and ethnic health inequities, community-based participatory research and evaluation, policy and media advocacy, economic development and health, and community organizing. She prides herself on integrating community residents’ perspective with public health prevention methodologies.
Sheryl is co-author of “Building Local Government and Resident Partnerships to Improve Health: Lessons From the Field,” in Community Organizing & Community Building for Health.
Curtis Watkins is the Director National Homecomers Academy overseeing a program designed to assist persons who are “Homecomers” – those who are returning to society following incarceration.
Before launching NHA, Mr. Watkins founded and was the Executive Director of LifeSTARTS Youth & Family Services, a nonprofit organization supporting youth and their families. Mr. Watkins also promotes key partnerships, serving on three nonprofit Boards: Time Bank Youth Court, NPower of the Greater Washington Region, and the Ward 7 Nonprofit Network. Additionally, Mr. Watkins is a 2007–2008 Nonprofit Roundtable Fellow.
Mr. Watkins is frequently a featured speaker on issues related to youth development, violence prevention, and community development having appeared before congressional committee and city agencies as well as on television interviews. You may contact Mr. Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Polly Wiessner is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah. Her work has examined the evolution of reciprocity cooperation and social networks, conducting longterm fieldwork among the J u/’ hoansi Bushmen of Southern Africa and the Enga of Papua New Guinea.
Beginning in 2005, Polly led an effort to raise funds to build the Enga Take Anda, house of traditional knowledge, with the goal of keeping Enga culture and identity alive in these rapidly changing times. The Enga Take Anda opened in 2009 and has become a dynamic hub for Enga cultural activities and the education of Enga youth.
For more on Polly’s research and writings, her projects, and her work with the Enga Take Anda, see http://www.anthro.utah.edu/faculty/wiessner.html.