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No More Throw-Away People: The Co-Production Imperative 2nd Edition Paperback – December 1, 2004

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Essential Books Ltd; 2nd edition (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893520021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893520028
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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In this book, founder of Time Dollars and time banking, Edgar Cahn describes what he calls Co-Production. The book comprises three parts. Part one charts the founding of Time Dollars and the discovery that it was more than just an alternative or complimentary currency. Part two looks at Co-Production in the light of both the market economy and the non-market economy. Part three looks at how Co-Production is working in a number of different situations in the real world.
To some extent, this book is the history of the first twenty years of Time Dollars. But it is more than that - much more. People don't like feeling useless; we all need to feel valued - this is one way in which the market economy is so obviously failing a large proportion of the world's population, even in the so-called civilised world. Co-Production recognises parity between the parties in any transaction and values the consumer as well as the producer, the receiver as well as the giver. It recognises the need for participation; not for the passive consumer. Co-Production values both the giver and receiver; it values people and their contribution to society and it bridges class and racial divides. It's about getting people to take responsibility and get involved. It's about building self-esteem. Cahn likens the non-market economy to a computer operating system describing present attempts to 'fix' it with 'programs' from the market economy and demonstrates how this is so clearly failing. He examines the strengths and weaknesses of both the market and the non-market economies. Conventional money has a number of downsides for society as a whole, each of which Time Dollars is able to counter. Money rewards our competitive, acquisitive side; Time Dollars rewards our co-operative, altruistic side.
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This book describes a new way of looking at our economic system as well as a new way of looking at people who have formerly been referred to as "recipients of social services." Co-production involves people who receive services in a system that expects them to reciprocate by putting their own talents and abilites to work for the benefit of others. Thereby "recipients" turn into partners whose contributions are valued according to the time spent in delivering services to others in the system. I am a volunteer at the Institute for Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi that is receiving a grant to initiate the first Time Dollar Bank and Co-production System in Mississippi. This book offers many examples of how this system works and what revolutionary changes result from the implementation of this new approach to the delivery of services needed to maintain intact families and effective neighborhoods.
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Another book by Edgar Cahn, founder of Timebanks. Members agree to give and receive services based on time equivalents, not money. In this book he describes how he was able to interest government agencies to partner with timebanks in providing needed services. As the "professionals" decried the sluggish response of volunteers, he say their complaints as a way to enable dependency. Hence his concept of "C0-Production". The end product of a society is not wealth but social justice. The core values of Timebanks are re-explained as a way to build and strengthen families and communities:

Co-Production is in fact a moral imperative:
1. Assets became: no more throw-away people
2. Redefining work became: no more free rides for the market economy through discrimination and exploitation.
3. Reciprocity became: Stop creating dependencies while profiting from their troubles.
4. Social capital became: no more dis-investing in families, neighborhoods, and communities.
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This book explains the transformation that is happening all over the world using non-market economies by using co-production to bring back value to communities. The argument against Timebanking is that volunteers should not be rewarded; when one is volunteering more hours than another contributes to their workweek, it is no longer volunteerism, it is indentured servitude. I don't believe that there is not enough jobs, just not enough paid jobs. When the industry leaves an area, it does not take the skills and labor force with it. The deindustrialised area either becomes depressed, or the community creates a non-market economy to get some work done, until the market economy crawls back.
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