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! Check out the caring economy resources below, and learn more about the Social Wealth Index.

 

What is the Social Wealth Index?

Caring Economy Resources

In the powerful book The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, eminent social scientist, Riane Eisler shows that the great problems of our time — such as poverty, inequality, war, terrorism, and environmental degradation — are due largely to flawed economic systems that set the wrong priorities and mis-allocate resources.

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Economics as if Caring Matters

Why is caring for children not a central part of economic thinking, metrics, and policies? Caring is essential for human survival and development. Yet caring is undervalued and underpaid. A caring economy calls for a different model of sustainable growth and development, as described in this article from the journal Challenge.

Poverty and Women in the U.S.
This article, published in the 2014 Shriver Report, shows that a major reason that one-third of American women live in poverty or on its brink is the failure of U.S. policies to support care work.

Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life
The status of women can be a better predictor of a nation’s general quality of life than GDP–so found the pioneering 1995 CPS study Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life (by Riane Eisler, David Loye, and Kari Norgaard), which examines statistical data from 89 nations.

Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, published in 1995 in time for the Beijing United Nations Women’s Conference, shows why we need new economic measurements: economic indicators that take into account the social construction of gender roles and relations as a key variable in how a society develops and allocates its resources. This CPS study supports the common sense conclusion that gender equity or inequity (that is, systematic discrimination and violence against women and female children) is a major factor for overall quality of life, not only for women, but also for men and children of both genders.

The New Economic Visionaries: The Caring Economy
Article by Riane Eisler, World Pulse Magazine, November 2009

A Full-Spectrum Job Creation Proposal
This report proposes that investment in the real wealth of our nation – its people – is essential to stimulate our economy, help families, radically reduce poverty and violence, reward women’s economic contributions, save billions in crime and prisons, and produce the “high quality human capital” needed for our post-industrial economy. The Full-Spectrum Job-Creation Proposal was presented to President Obama and used by U.S. policy makers in drafting their final 2009 job creation program.