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Co-production

Time banking is underpinned by the concept of co-production as discussed by Edgar Cahn. Cahn defined co-production as a new way of thinking about society based on respect. Co-production  values people as assets, recognises unpaid work and builds social capital through reciprocity.  Timebanking lies at the heart of co-production, and is a key mechanism for changing relationships in a way that is integral to co-production.

 In the research, there are two broad ways of seeing co-production.  On one level, co-production is about recognising  unpaid, informal work in our communities. On another level, it is about public sector reform; putting  services back in the hands of service users, to empower citizens and break the cycle of dependency.

Despite the emphasis on co-production by Cahn, most of the research evidence does not explicitly link time banking and co-production. However,  there is evidence to suggest that time banking can lead to co-production on both levels. Time banks recognise unpaid work, and furthermore, may lead to  co-production in public services, though it takes time, and there are barriers.

Helpful links:

https://b.3cdn.net/nefoundation/5abec531b2a775dc8d_qjm6bqzpt.pdf

https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do;jsessionid=8CF56408DBA9A77EE47D9A87EFE2A10A?uin=uk.bl.ethos.686829

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