What Can I Do about Economics?

Do any of these statements ring true for you?

  • You’re frustrated with the current economic system.
  • You believe that our children are our most important asset.
  • You feel that our society should give more value and support to caring for and educating children.
  • You think that people who care for their children, elders, and other family members who need care should be helped.
  • You believe that women and stereotypically-feminine activities, such as care giving, must be valued and rewarded.
  • You are convinced that the work of parents, teachers, and caregivers is critical to the well-being of our society now and in the future.
  • You believe that the growing gap between “haves” and “have nots” is unacceptable.
  • You believe that our current economic course is contributing to global warming and other environmental crises.
  • You believe that an economy based on “consumerism” leads to excess and waste.
  • You recognize that businesses should be accountable for their impact on our environment, communities, employees, and other stakeholders.
  • You believe that we must give our business and government leaders information and perspectives that will help them make ethical and sustainable policies.
  • You recognize that businesses should be accountable for their impact on our environment, communities, employees, and other stakeholders.
  • You want to make a difference in your community and the world.

If you resonate with some or all of these statements, you are not alone!

Many of us are awakening to the enormous flaws in current economic thinking. We see that the current financial wealth system often comes at the expense of our children, our families, communities, and the planet. Indeed, our economic system – which emerged from our domination history – does not support or give value to caring for people, starting in early childhood, and caring for our Mother Earth.

At CPS, we are committed to a new definition of wealth, and new economic inventions that recognize and support the foundational contributions of parents, grandparents, domestic workers, early childhood educators, and other caregivers.  It is possible to have healthy food, good housing, enriching schools, natural and recreational space, and a sense of community and meaning in our lives.

The good news is that economic systems can and do change.  The human journey has seen a series of dramatic (and chaotic!) shifts in economic rules, structures, and policies. Now, we are at the end of the industrial/consumer economy and moving into the knowledge/service/caring economy. Current economic approaches came out of early industrial times when top-down rule was the norm and women were supposed to do the work of caregiving for free in male-controlled households. It’s time to be proactive and create the solutions we need for the 21st century.

Find out how you can be part of the movement to shape the more peaceful, equitable and sustainable economics we must have! Visit the Caring Economy Program:

 

What is the Caring Economy?