“People Who Are Loveable Do Better”: Edgar Cahn and the Economics of Empathy

 Edgar Cahn, an Ashoka Fellow, is the founder of TimeBanks and CareBanks. Founded as a way to involve communities in promoting systems of self-help, TimeBanks offers an alternative currency system to recognize and reward reciprocal contributions of service, and today operates in more than 70 countries worldwide. Considered the father of clinical legal education, Cahn is co-founder of the Antioch School of Law, the first law school in the United States to educate law students primarily through clinical training in legal services to the poor.

 

Ashoka recently talked to Cahn as part of an on-going series of interviews designed to explore what empathy is all about, and to uncover specific strategies for cultivating it.