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Independent Lens on PBS has released an interesting program which refers back to a 1940's study by Gunnar Myrdal - a Swedish intellectual commissioned by the Carnegie Foundation - called "American Denial." Myrdal's study (released in 1944) was named "American Dilemma." The 55 minute PBS documentary is about racism in America and how we (most of us Americans) basically deny its existence; but, we unconsciously behave in ways which blatantly exposes our true nature. What an eye opener - especially when we see that our behaviors are still unconsciously racist (as Myrdal saw them in the 1940's) but adapted to fit today's social structures.
Ai-jen Poo's new book, "The Age of Dignity -Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America" bridges the gap between the concrete political and practical challenges of an aging population—and the harder moral questions of how we ought to treat our elders and how we imagine our own aging and death. http://thenewpress.com/books/age-of-dignity
Ai-jen Poo is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She was also a panelist for the November 2014 Social Wealth Economic Indicators panel, sponsored by the Caring Economy Campaign. http://caringeconomy.org/newindicators/
“A powerful call for a Care Revolution in America—to transform the quality of life of the aging, the infirm, and the sick and to recognize, value, and lift those who so generously take care of them.” — Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
Greetings CELP colleagues! I'm excited to announce I'll be facilitating a workshop based on Caring Economy work at the Economics of Happiness Conference in Portland, OR on Feb. 28th. The workshop will look at parenting and caregiving and how they fit into our economic models and assumptions. Will introduce the Social Wealth Indicators and crowd-source ideas for change and innovation.
Hello everyone, I just completed the Conversation Leader training and very excited in taking what feels like a new state of liberation into many of my conversations. I live in Western NC and also Washington, DC. My background is I am a wife, mother of two grown wonderful daughters, 4 beautiful and of course very bright grandchildren, a daughter of an elderly mother and a brother. As far as my career endeavors, I am a nurse since what feels like since birth. I have worked in the military as an aero-medical evacuation nurse and staffer for the Joint Chief of Staff Surgeon, retired in 2010 after 26 years. I have also worked in the civilian and VA sector in ICU, Emergency care, home care, administration, risk management. In those years and during educational experiences I came up against economic issues related to care and just being able to do the job I was hired to do and that my patients deserved. This only led and still does to frustration and concern for our healthcare system. A fragmented system that is not really a system.
As the Caring Economy model found its way to me I was just so excited that I resonated with something that had economics in it's phrase. Now I know why during the two semesters of economics I took for my masters degree that I felt something was missing and I just could not get all of that supply and demand thing... I could think of some many variables that were not being considered. Variables that pointed to the real status of well-being of individuals, families, communities and organizations.
So, yes, I now feel I have been liberated to a degree. I have been able to successfully (I think) engage in a new conversation that for me has real meaning to the well-being of individuals, individuals that make up the real wealth of a nation. I am looking forward to supporting Riane's wonderful work along with exploring the work of others in emerging humanistic economic models.
Looking forward to interacting with this community.
Your tax-deductible donation to the Center for Partnership Studies’ Caring Economy Campaign goes directly to:
VISIT http://caringeconomy.org/ TO DONATE
See Riane's latest Huffington Post/Politics blog post, co-authored with Natalie Cox, Coordinator of the Caring Economy Campaign.
"...today's economy is driven by precisely those things GDP does not count. Economists tell us that developing and maintaining high-quality human capital is essential for success in this new technological era. And this is just what Social Wealth Economic Indicators or SWEIs measure.
The Caring Economy Campaign developed SWEIs based on research by economists and other experts working with us to determine what is needed for government and business to adopt more effective policies and investment allocations. SWEIs compare where the U.S. stands in two basic measures: 1) Human Capacity Indicators, measuring a nation's present human capital, and 2) Care Investment Indicators, measuring public and private investment in building and maintaining that human capital.
SWEIs show our nation is doing a terrible job in both these critical measures.
Unpaid care work underpins all societies, rich and poor, but is unrecognised and undervalued by policymakers and legislators. A UK-based research organization, interactions.eldis.org, a project of the Institute of Development Studies has addressed this issue in a special report about empowerment of women and girls in developing countries.
What are your thoughts about unpaid care work provided by both women and men, and its contributions to both the economy and human development?
See short videos and updates at http://interactions.eldis.org/unpaid-care-work
Four high school seniors and graduates of the Caring Economy Young Leaders Program have founded the first Caring Economy Club at American High School in Fremont, CA. Anjali Devakumar, Cassandra Bicakci, Shweta Kinger and Elizabeth Joseph have recruited about 70 members, and sponsored their first community service day on October 25, 2014. For the national Make A Difference Day, the club volunteered at Leaf Stone Gardens, a local organization that grows fresh produce and donates it to feed Bay Area residents in need. Their hard work is a success story: the club founders have been publicly recognized by the city of Fremont on November 18th, 2014.
Anjali writes, "Our first event was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the event on Saturday (October 25). I'm so proud of the work we accomplished. We truly made a difference that day, and the members of Leaf Stone Gardens and the City of Fremont were very grateful for our help! Caring Economy focuses on raising awareness on social issues (esp. in regards to teaching, care work, etc.), and we have made that a huge focus in our club".
The young leaders are students of John Creger, a certified Caring Economy Conversation Leader who teaches English at AHS. In his high school curriculum, he encourages his students to become caring and responsible leaders and identify and practice their personal values inspired by the Personal Creed project that he developed. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg6fKbyzfVs
Visit the AHS Caring Economy Club Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/407125306094321/
Do you know young people ready to speak out about a Caring Economy? Have them contact the Caring Economy Campaign at email@example.com
Congratulations, Riane Eisler and Teddie Potter! The Fall 2014, inaugural issue of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies has launched today at http://pubs.lib.umn.edu/ijps/
Conversations and articles include Riane Eisler's interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu; "Untangling Partnership and Domination Morality" by David Loye, and "Partnership-based Healthcare: Suggestions for Effective Application" by Teddie Potter, among others.
Riane has commented: "For me, this inaugural issue of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies is truly a dream come true, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you on making this important publication a great success."
The Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and the Center for Partnership Studies.
You are invited--a free , live panel event online with Riane Eisler, Ai-jen Poo, and others
Live Online Panel - November 12
Caring Economy Campaign, a coalition of over 100 organizations led by Dr. Riane Eisler, will launch a new set of economic measures that goes beyond GDP: “Social Wealth Economic Indicators” (SWEIs). The launch will occur on November 12.
“SWEIs are unique in showing where the US stands against other developed nations in investing in care for people to build the human capital needed for economic competitiveness in our new technological age,” said Eisler. “SWEIs also demonstrate the connection between the status of women and both quality of life and economic success.”
The launch panel discussion will be hosted by Carol Evans, President and Founder of Working Mother Media. Distinguished panelists include:
• W. Steven Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research
• Gail Christopher, Vice President for Policy and Senior Advisor, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
• Riane Eisler, President, Center for Partnership Studies and Founder, Caring Economy Campaign
• Indradeep Ghosh, Economist, Haverford College, and SWEI Director
• Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; winner of 2014 MacArthur Genius Award
• Aida Sabo, Vice President of Diversity/Inclusion, Cardinal Health
SWEIs will launch at an online panel discussion, via Google Hangouts On Air, on November 12,
2014 at 10:00am PT / 1:00 pm ET.
The launch will also be simulcast live via YouTube.
To view the event in Google+: https://plus.google.com/events/c2c1rhl29gihr23f9odlig3n618
To view the event on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDdQHrLDLiE
As I mentioned in my previous blog post here in the Partnership Learning Community, Riane's work and this group of souls who are engaged followers and leaders of her work are so much in alignment with what I've created that I want to reach out once again to share more, in the hopes of connecting with others who resonate.
I created a video for the big picture...the umbrella entity under which I have created various projects, with more waiting in the wings...designed to give potential collaborators more insight and information. Even if you, yourself, are not necessarily interested or in a position to collaborate, perhaps you know of an individual or organization who is? Intention is key for me...aligning with others who share the core intentions of compassion, integrity, and keeping an awareness of our Interbeing in mind in all aspects of life, including our work.
OUR GOOD™ is a Community Development Social Enterprise offering projects and initiatives created with the intention to:
* Provide safe spaces in which to nurture respectful conversation and Community.
* Share resources, information, news and ideas; offer practical solutions and support.
* Foster grassroots creativity and innovation centered around Our Common Good.
* Incubate co-ops and other expressions of a Caring Economy; grow “caregiverism.”
* Cultivate hope, faith in Humanity, personal and collective empowerment.
* Invite experiences of joy, harmony and awareness of our Interbeing.
I also created a video for Wishadoo -- the original puzzle piece, which is a social network community (much like Facebook) created 7 years ago, with community building tools such as a marketplace (like Ebay), a Wishlist (called a "craigslist of compassion"), private groups to cultivate trust, healing and ongoing discussion, and more. Many of Wishadoo!'s tools are currently on hold as I try to gather a Coalition for Good in order to raise funds to create jobs (preferrably women-owned cooperatives) to help me maintain all of the websites, create content, act as caregivers and informal caseworkers to those in need who find their way to Wishadoo (and there are MANY). I simply can't continue to do it all myself. Click here if the video doesn't display below.
Lastly, this video seeks to explain the Find Help|Find Good Directory
THANKS FOR READING! :)
This is likely an odd post; please forgive me if this is inappropriate to share this via the blog module; I don't see a general activity feed.
I'm specifically hoping to connect with other CELP leaders who are interested in topics such as time banks, member-owned and worker-owned cooperatives, and the Gift Economy (part of the Caring Economy, of course). :)
I'm at a point with my work -- after going through a year of being in a crucible -- where I really need feedback and thoughts and feelings and opinions. The members who belong to this group are uniquely suited to offer a wide variety of perspectives and thus the kind of feedback I'm seeking. I am involved with different groups which may be attuned to one project or one aspect of the work but not the rest. I could be delusional at this point (I've been working on this diligently for six years...lol...I can explain more later), but I truly believe the foundation I've been building and developing is a fairly broad-scale manifestation of Riane's vision -- or it could be, with input at this critical stage from others who resonate.
I'm trying to learn to create my own whiteboard videos to show how the different sites and tools and features are symbiotic and can be used by individuals, organizations, businesses, co-ops, etc. My hope is that you can get a feel for me and the work via the portal, and the portal's ABOUT page. If you resonate with any of what I share, please contact me here or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for reading. :)
The U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that does not require some form of paid time off for new mothers. Great infographic for Conversation leaders!
See The Atlantic post:
My practicum consisted of writing a proposal for a high school course in Caring Economics. My goal is to have Cultural Transformation Theory and the ideas of Caring Economics become part of the curriculum in the local public school system. My plan for achieving this goal has several steps: beginning with a presentation to a group, or several groups, of local teachers, culminating in a presentation of my proposal to the Chatham County Board of Education. I would like to confer with local teachers as to their perspective on the material, how to include the material into the local curriculum, and any tips on presenting the proposal to the local school board.
Last week, I led a small practicum from my cozy (read: tiny) apartment in Brooklyn, NY. In attendance were a few of my closest friends; we dined on pasta, broccoli, and garlic bread before diving into even meatier fare – a discussion on a Caring Economy. The most lovely part of the evening was hearing my friends express their gratitude for having a forum to speak freely without fear of judgement, and to ask questions about subject matter that can be surprisingly difficult to articulate. One woman commented that she has never felt educated enough to speak up on many of the incongruencies that have long troubled her, and that the Caring Economy presentation felt intuitive and revelatory at the same time. We so enjoyed the experience that we have decided to form a monthly discussion group where we can come together to learn, question, and plan meaningful action. I am excited to see what the future holds for our small (but mighty) group!
On Monday, September 15, 2014 I invited the guests of A Caring Economy Conversation in SLO to explore the work of Riane Eisler, the Caring Economy and Partnership Culture through the lens of Appreciative Inquiry. Everyone there was an involved, caring community member. Gracious friends prepared lovely desserts, helped with set up and clean up, and photographed the event.
Walk With Me
I began my presentation by encouraging the participants to see this evening as a journey that we would all take together into a beautiful, inviting, but unknown territory. Through the use of a slide deck, projector and interactive experiences, we partnered with one another to learn about the Caring Economy.
Once we stretched, introduced ourselves and set some agreements, next came the introduction of Appreciative Inquiry:
...focus on the best of what is, in order to imagine what could be, followed by collective design of a desired future state that is compelling, and thus does not require the use of incentive, coercion or persuasion for planned change to occur.
...the most important insight we have learned with AI to date is that human systems grow toward what they persistently ask questions about.
These ideas inspired us all to become explorers and to dive in with curiosity.
Play Games, All Sorts
I included a number of physically interactive segments, as well as giving guests many opportunities to share their thoughts and stories. They were up and out of their seats a number of times and the conversation was full and rich.
What Came Next
The knowledge that the Caring Economy is already happening and that they are a significant part of it gave attendees a new way of seeing themselves and their lives. I've received comments that a number of them are starting to use these models to talk to others in their community. There's interest in continuing this conversation and in creating more ways of connecting. One attendee remarked that this event had brought a lot of joy and light to what could be a very difficult topic.
I invite you to check out more of the story on my blog, as well as my other work that aligns closely with the Partnership Culture concept.
On September 11, 2014, I hosted a “Dinner & Facilitated Conversation” at a private home in Fruitvale, California. Ten people attended, a diverse smattering of friends and colleagues, with gender fairly evenly represented. In retrospect, I realize now that being both the caterer and speaker for my own event was a bit overambitious. Thankfully for the evening, I had some help and was able to manage in all the various set-up preparations. It was an amazing first experience, and definitely gave me a taste of something which I could further enhance in terms of creating a bigger and deeper container for taking in the partnership vision. In terms of my next steps as a conversation leader, I would like to plan another presentation in conjunction with a local activist community/group, ideally one which may incorporate Partnership ideals but in need of more self-reflection upon how to completely embody Partnership principles in their work space and policies. I would also try to make the presentation not just a “talk” but an “experience” of a vision, utilizing games and exercises as shared by other members of my cohort.
I just discovered this...thanks Rhonda Case for forwarding this great info graphic. This might be useful for your practicums and future Caring Economy Conversations.
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