In a caring economy, investment in human capacity leads to economic strength

In a caring economy, investment in human capacity leads to economic strength

The climate is right for investing in a caring economy. Hoa Nguyen’s recent Women’s e-news article “Is the U.S. Ready to Start Caring About the Crisis in Caretaking?” highlights the work of the Center for Partnership Studies and stresses the value of Social Wealth Economic Indicators, an initiative of the Caring Economy Campaign. Nguyen shares the story of Kristy Umfleet, a pre-K teacher in North Carolina struggling to make ends meet while staying committed to her chosen profession of early childhood education. The article states: “A national budget built on the principles of…Read more
What’s the Forecast For Care?

What’s the Forecast For Care?

Care is a big part of our economy and shapes all our lives. In the new Huffington Post article, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riane-eisler/whats-the-forecast-for-ca_b_11305106.html Riane Eisler and Valerie Young review party platforms’ responses to policies that support care including gender pay gap, maternity leave and support for elder care workers. Our nation invests less than any other developed country on supporting the care work primarily performed by women. Viewed through the powerful lens of the Caring Economy Campaign’s Social Wealth Economic Indicators, the link between public investment in a care infrastructure and human well-being becomes visible. Policies that support care and value…Read more
CARE Documentary Hits Home

CARE Documentary Hits Home

With exquisite sensitivity, a new documentary called CARE deftly weaves the stories of two elderly women and two chronically disabled men with those of the four women paid to care for them. In spite of the geographic, racial, income, and ethnic diversity of the subjects, their struggles spring from a single source: the lack of value given to care. Please click here for the Huffington Post article on this film and CPS's discussion of the subject matter, by Riane Eisler and Valerie Young, JD, Outreach director for CPS’s Caring Economy Campaign. Valerie’s work appears extensively in social…Read more
Sex, Power, & Money: Taking Neo’s Red Pill

Sex, Power, & Money: Taking Neo’s Red Pill

Western civilization is rethinking sex, power, and money. But, as in the movie “The Matrix,” most people still choose the blue pill rather than the red one, numbly accepting what they’ve been told, avoiding the truth that established norms are being seriously questioned. Yet events in just the past weeks provide evidence of upheaval: Same-sex marriage legalization and trans-gender discussions throughout Western nations; The rise of anti-establishment candidates in the U.S. presidential race and the Nuit Debout movement in Europe; Heated debate on immigration and Syrian refugees; Outrage regarding corruption exposed by the…Read more
New Tools for Revving Up the Economy: Women, Work, and Care

New Tools for Revving Up the Economy: Women, Work, and Care

Read the new Huffington Post article by Riane Eisler and Valerie Young. There are four key levers policymakers can pull to maximize the intersection between the work women do, paid and unpaid, and economic prosperity, as documented by the Social Wealth Economic Indicators developed by the Caring Economy Campaign. Why is caring for children not a more central part of economic models? Why is care work undervalued, when it is so vital to both economic and social health? To begin with, women’s employment drives economic expansion. According to Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington…Read more

Realities Missing from Political Debates

Politics and entertainment used to reside in separate spheres. But in this year’s Presidential campaign coverage, they’ve converged. While this has driven up TV ratings and network incomes, it’s been a dangerous pastime for a country already behind in the things that matter. In the heated exchange of taunts and putdowns, even the questions to candidates have ignored one of the most serious threats to US economic competitiveness: our nation’s failure to invest in our children — our future human capital. The people who want to lead this country have to start talking…Read more

The Next System Project: Whole Systems Change

  On March 16, The Next Systems Project Associate Cecilia Gingerich interviewed CPS founder Riane Eisler about her path to discovering the need and ideal methods for establishing what Eisler calls Whole Systems Change. In the interview, Eisler discusses specific economic elements necessary for a partnership system and how nations can move to bringing those elements to the forefront of policy.  The interview also includes Eisler's report "Whole Systems Change: A Framework & First Steps for Social/Economic Transformation," which was part of the New System Project's "New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals" series.Read more

Business Leaders: Impacting Policy Change

Posted by Kendra Pink on October 29, 2015 Kendra Pink is a recent graduate of the Caring Economy Advocates Program. Kendra is certified as a Caring Economy Conversation Leader in Portland, OR. My company, Knowledge Universe, is the nation’s largest private provide of early childhood education. We also partner closely with employers in implementing family care solutions to enhance their benefit programs and talent strategies. We know these programs have an effect on the bottom line of their business, because taking care of people, employees, is taking care of business. As our partner,…Read more
Taking Stock in Our Children: In a Time of Volatile Markets, How We Can Play the ‘Long Game’ by Investing in Our Society’s Future

Taking Stock in Our Children: In a Time of Volatile Markets, How We Can Play the ‘Long Game’ by Investing in Our Society’s Future

by Riane Eisler and Valerie Young October 5, 2015 When world markets convulse, people tend to think short term. But as a society, we must start focusing on what investors call the "long game" -- re-examining our economic priorities to improve and stabilize more lives over time. Continuing to behave as we have will only prolong economic instability and the growing gap between haves and have-nots. Our skyrocketing child poverty, incarceration, and income inequality rates are not inevitable or irreversible. They are the result of policy failures, and policies can be changed --…Read more

Leadership for a Caring Economy in the Philippines

By Ann Amberg, MCS, Associate Director of CPS’ Leadership & Learning Programs Theresa Balayon is an inspired change agent, seasoned community leader and graduate of the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Advocates Program and Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives: Riane Eisler’s Cultural Transformation Course.  She is a catalyst for change at the government level: under Theresa’s guidance, Caring Economy will be part of the platform of a Filipino presidential aspirant. She is also taking the lead as a policy advocate and Caring Economy conversation leader for local barangays (village councils). Theresa…Read more