Money-Wise Women: Riane Eisler on Caring Economy and Real Wealth

February 5, 2019
In this comprehensive interview on, Money-Wise Women’s Crystal Arnold talks with Riane Eisler, author, systems scientist and founder of the Caring Economy Campaign and the Center for Partnership Studies. In “Real Wealth of the Caring Economy”, Riane states “The fuel of a more humane economy is not profit but a responsibility to care for one another and for the earth”.

Real wealth includes the often unseen labor of parenting or caring for the elderly. The average woman spends 15% of her working years in unpaid care work, caring for children and elderly parents, compared to the average man’s 1.6%. The well-being of society depends on the often free labor of women caring for others.

Humans need face-to-face connections that build trust and weave a partnership culture through conversations.

In this podcast, Riane explains the core configurations of a hierarchical domination structure that is reflected at every level of society, fragmenting the economic map and fueling economic injustice, poverty and inequality. The dominator system is rooted in the family structure, ingrained through education, and then reinforced by the political state. She emphasizes the increased importance of creating partnerships and collaboration that create real wealth, and she speaks to the potential and peril of the systems-shift that is happening. We discuss endeavors that are shifting culture from domination toward partnership systems, including Crystal’s work with the Post Growth Institute.

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Four Cornerstones for an Integrated Progressive Agenda
by Riane Eisler. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies (IJPS), Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter 2017
The Caring Economy Campaign
Caring Economy Fast-Fact sheets
Social Wealth Economic Indicators

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