The principal programs of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS) are:

The Caring Economy Program

Recognizing that current economic institutions cannot meet our unprecedented economic, environmental, and social challenges, the caring economy of partnerism described in Riane Eisler’s book The Real Wealth of Nations recognizes what earlier economics do not: the enormous economic value of the work of caring for people and caring for our Mother Earth. CPS provides the tools you need to inspire and help build an equitable, sustainable, and flourishing economy.

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Leadership and Learning Programs

Since 2009, CPS’s Leadership and Learning Programs have reached thousands of partnership leaders from all across the United States and countries around the world. Our online classes and webinars create shared foundations of language and understanding, inspire effective action and forge connections across diverse geography, disciplines, and walks of life.


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The Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence

Research shows that intimate and international violence are as tightly interconnected as the fingers of a clenched fist. The Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV) focuses on the key role strong faith leadership can play in breaking cycles of violence in families and the family of nations. Trauma victims, especially from rural, immigrant, and communities of color, are five times more likely to seek the aid of clergy than of any other professional. SAIV partners with community, national, and international interfaith leaders, providing tools for effective prevention and response to violence and trauma.


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Partnership Next Gen

The Partnership Next Gen program features the work of partnership-trained educators working within schools and organizations as effective cultural change agents. It offers holistic approaches to promote media literacy, positive self-identity, healthy shifts in gender roles and relations, and mutually respectful, caring, and satisfying family and other intimate relationships.


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The Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal dedicated to disseminating new knowledge and applications of the partnership paradigm. Founded in 2014 by a partnership between the Center for Partnership Studies, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, the IJPS is produced by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing.


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Awards and Prizes

CPS offers an International Prize for Research, Study, and Dissemination of Partnership Studies, with the first prize in 2018 honoring the founder of the Partnership Studies Group at the University of Udine in Italy. More awards and prizes are being developed to inspire and recognize excellence in partnership-related scholarship, writing, and the arts.


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