March 23, 2021
By Quincey Tickner, CPS Development and Communications Associate
One of CPS’s newest team members is so committed to furthering the Social Wealth Index that she started her own funding campaign. Read her letter below:
Quincey here, I hope this email finds you well, but if it doesn’t, I hope after reading it you will feel a little more joyous and optimistic.
From a young age, I understood the importance of kind and caring work because I was surrounded by courageously kind women—women like my mom and all of you. The care for children, the community, and the household was the glue that kept our community strong and allowed us kids to thrive, and I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to you all for it. This made it hard for me to wrap my head around why there was no economic value or reward placed on this essential work.
At the beginning of the pandemic, I picked up a book that changed my life titled The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler, who is an 89 year old Holocaust refugee. I spent days reading all of her books, highlighting her quotes, and filling my journals with her answers to why the world is the way it is.
By a stroke of amazing luck, I am now working with Riane at her nonprofit Center For Partnership Studies (CPS). Every day, I wake up and join Riane in dedicating myself to transforming an outdated system that is not serving the majority of the people on the planet, women and children. To fully dedicate myself, I want to get my community involved, because change starts in community.
At CPS I have learned that GDP is a mess. It places value on economic activities that often result in harm, such as an oil spill, selling cigarettes, or war.
“CPS’ Social Wealth Index will be game changing to our country’s economic health. I am committed to raising $20,000 to do my part in ensuring that our team of global economists have the resources needed to build the SWI and reach policy makers.”
This is why we are working with a team of Harvard, MIT, and World Bank economists in developing new metrics and building an alternative to GDP: A Social Wealth Index (SWI) (more info attached) . The SWI includes life sustaining sectors that GDP misses: the household economy, community economy, and natural economy. Reports show that just the household economy alone would make up 50% of the GDP, if it were included.
I truly feel the SWI will be game changing to our country’s economic health. I am so committed to this work that I am raising $20,000 to do my part in ensuring that our team of global economists have the resources needed to build the SWI and reach policy makers.
I have seen with my own eyes the power and respect your voices have in our community and it would be an honor for your voices to be involved in furthering the work I am doing.
I invite you to join me in championing this work, connecting me to others who can help spread the word, and getting involved, personally and philanthropically.
I am launching during Women’s History Month in March and my goal is to raise $20,000 by Mother?s Day on May 9th, 2021. So I have 2 months and I know with your help I will hit this goal!
I hope I have sparked your interest—if so, let’s have a conversation, this is my absolute favorite thing to talk about. I’d love to get you involved more and it would be my honor to connect you with Riane Eisler.
It’s time that the essential work that you and women all over the world dedicate lives to is rewarded! I want this to be OUR legacy.
Quincey Tickner, CPS Social Media and Communications Associate, brings a strong background in journalism and social media and works with young social justice organizations and leaders in rethinking what a just society looks like in today’s modern world. Quincey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from American University in Washington D.C. and is a passionate advocate for safe and fair elections. Over the 2020 election, Quincey helped launch SeeSay2020, a crowdsourced map of voter suppression across the country, that not only brought attention to voter suppression, but helped solve and fix most of the instances so that everyone was able to carry out their right to vote. Quincey is passionate about teaching young organizers about the benefits of a partnership/caring economy as many communities are starting to have the conversations about moving away from domination based systems.