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什麼是「核心經濟」(Core Economy)

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什麼是「核心經濟」(Core Economy)?

“…核心經濟不是華爾街或主街。它是家庭,鄰里,基思和親戚的經濟。近年來,越來越多的經濟學家承認,大約40%至50%的生產性經濟活動發生在市場之外,無法通過傳統指標進行衡量。但是,即使是這些百分比,也無法開始傳達被普遍忽視的經濟體系的規模或重要性。未來主義者阿爾文·托夫勒(Alvin Toffler)抓住了經濟學家忽視的含義,並提出了他對《財富》 500強公司首席執行官的疑問:“如果您不接受如廁訓練,您認為您的勞動力會有多大的生產力?”如果對重新評估我們認為和衡量為“生產勞動”的價值的起點感到困惑,這將非常有用。…” 原英中文對照翻譯,請參It’s the Core Economy stupid: An Open Letter to the Non-Profit Community” (蠢蛋問題是在核心經濟:給非營利組織社群的公開信) by Professor Edgar S. Cahn (埃德加·卡恩教授)

The Core Economy is not Wall Street or Main Street; it is the economy of family, neighborhood, kith and kin. Recently more and more economists acknowledge that something like 40-50% of productive economic activity takes place outside of the market and is not measured by traditional indicators. But even those percentages do not begin to convey either the scale or significance of an economic system that is pervasively ignored. Futurist Alvin Toffler captured the implications of what economists overlook with a question he puts to CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies: “How productive do you think your work force would be if it was not toilet trained?” That’s a useful if disconcerting starting point for re-assessing what we value and measure as “productive labor.”…”


  1. 共同生產: 發展核心經濟體” (Co-production: Growing the Core Economy) 英中對照翻譯。
  2. 共同生產” (Co-Production): “…共同生產概念為時間銀行奠定了基礎。’時間銀行之父“ 埃德加·卡恩(Edgar Cahn)將共同生產定義為一種思考社會的方式,這種社會將人視為資產,承認無償工作,並通過對等來建立社會資本。時間銀行是一種以共同生產不可或缺的方式改變關係的關鍵機制。…”

“…Timebanking is underpinned by the concept of co-production. Edgar Cahn , the ‘father’ of timebanking, defined co-production as a way of thinking about society that values people as assets, recognises unpaid work, and builds social capital through reciprocity. Timebanking is a key mechanism for changing relationships in a way that is integral to co-production…”

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