Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2008
    This description of Edgar Cahn's work was prepared when Edgar Cahn was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
    What if the value of shopping for a sick neighbor, checking in on an isolated elder, or joining a neighborhood watch group could be “deposited” and “withdrawn” when citizens needed help? Edgar Cahn offers a way to combine monetary and service credits so that informal social care networks can grow and flourish across the country.
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