Earlier this month, Project Lyttelton hosted Professor Edgar Cahn as the organisaion celebrated the tenth celebration of The Lyttleton Harbour Timebank – the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Known as the founder of the Timebanking movement, 80-year-old Professor Cahn began the day with some thoughts on the movement and its role in strengthening the social sector and providing a community of place. He praised the efforts of Project Lyttelton as a bastion of the worldwide movement, and spoke of how Timebanks encouraged respect and understanding for others, and its ability to generate community spirit.
The event also included time for participants to take part in an ‘Open Space’ workshop. Those present chose the topics they wished to be covered in the group exercise. The workshops encouraged and explored new ways of solving issues and getting people involved with their community by acknowledging and tapping into the wealth of knowledge around us.
A huge congratulations to Project Lyttelton’s Timebank and well done to the team for their extraordinary work in developing such a successful Kiwi TimeBank.
Listen to Professor Cahn’s interview on Radio New Zealand. He is a truly interesting and inspirational man.