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I am not an avid twitter person, but check in periodically. Today I linked up with Bernie Sanders for President twitter account and added a comment with hashtag #caringeconomics. When I did a search for that hashtag there was not that much information connected to it, soooooo, I invite everyone to feed that hashtag with good information, follow it, and share it. We might as well use every free tool available to encourage cultural transformation......... take good care, michelle
As part of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Arts’s tribute to this year's 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), award-winning flutist Nicole Mitchell will play her new composition "Mandorla Awakening."
The new piece, inspired by the writings of Riane Eisler and Octavia Butler, explores what an alternative, futuristic society might look like. . Mitchell's opus envisions a world in which our best instincts might prevail. "In this piece, I'm looking at this through the lens of Riane Eisler, who wrote this book, 'The Chalice and the Blade,.' … She re-examines history through the lens of two different societies, two different concepts of life that have taken turns in all the different cultures in the world."
Brava!! Riane Eisler's The Real Wealth of Nations has just been published in Spanish under the title of La Verdadera Riqueza de Naciones.
Here is a news story announcing its launch, which took place on April 30 in the Patio de Cristal of the Museo Nacional de Arte (National Art Museum) in La Paz, Bolivia at an event organized by Fundación Solón and Trenzando Ilusiones, with the support of Oxfam, Christian Aid, and Diakonia, and the auspices of ONU Mujeres y REMTE Latinoamérica. The news story also has an interview with Eisler.
Brigid Whitehead —April 26, 2015
I shared my first Caring Economy conversation with a group of 7 warm, intelligent, creative and enthusiastic liberal arts students at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
The event was schedule from 6:00 to 8:00pm, but many participants stayed until much later with the conversation finally winding down at 10:15. I presented a series of approximately 45 slides, and spoke for about 35 - 40 minutes. Shortly after beginning the presentation, I asked the students to participate in the “What is Wealth” exercise and that was certainly eye opening! Not one student mentioned anything that had to do with money or things associated with money. This group of students clearly strongly value relationships, creativity and all things related to the earth; nature, travel, seeing the world, and growing and sharing healthy food! I had asked this group of students for their critique as I felt it would be very helpful to receive this feedback from a group of students who routinely learn from highly gifted, dedicated and exceptional college professors. I really valued their viewpoints and suggestions.
It was a true pleasure presenting to this group of students. They were so warm, accepting and supportive. The greatest challenge for me was in organizing the introduction which combined information about me, about Riane Eisler and her body of work and the Caring Economy Campaign itself. This went pretty well, however, I did receive feedback that at first 2 of the women were concerned that this was going to be a “return to tradition” — “women should stay home” presentation. The suggestion was made to clarify that a fundamental premise of the presentation is that “the quality of women’s lives is directly related to the quality of lives of all in the community. I will move that slide up next time.
The students also said that they felt that they would like to hear more about how the dominator conditions of our culture affect men. The young women genuinely want to understand the impact that dominator culture has on their male friends, family members and partners.
The other feedback that was offered was that the audience really appreciated when I spoke from my experience and put the presentation in my own words, which I did most of the time.
There was a variety of academic disciplines represented in the group and I loved hearing the 23 year old woman say several times, “As a behavioral scientist, I think this or that......” The philosophy majors and political science majors offered insightful observations. This was a thoughtful and intelligent group who launched so many interesting conversations among and between themselves after the presentation that I just couldn’t keep up with them all. The students did inquire about the “data” or “numbers” and I assured them Riane Eisler had developed this body of work, and that an effort is underway to get this information to policy makers in the nations capital.
Such a great group of young people! These students are engaged in so many causes and organizations essential to facilitating the kind of social change Rianne Eisler's work proposes. The Caring Economy Presentation provides a useful framework and valuable historical context these students might not otherwise have. These young activists give hope!
Rather than recreate the blog posts here, it will be much more expedient to provide links. I've posted these same blogs at LinkedIn's Pulse platform and been featured in various categories (Social Impact, Green Business). The response has been very favorable, which was a pleasant surprise!
I think the information this group may be most interested in can be found at Caregiverism.com
I look forward to connecting more closely with all of you. :)
Please feel free to email me at denap(at)ourgood(dot)org
On Thursday April 9, 2015, I took my first step into practice as a Caring Economy conversation leader by convening with a small group of community activists in a renovated urban home in an area of Cleveland, Ohio known as the Slavic Village. The house, designated “Goddesses Retreat One,” is owned by a non-profit organization Goddesses Blessing Goddesses, which offers transitional housing and services for veteran women. Slavic Village is in the heart of the industrial part of the city, and that was once populated by immigrant steel mill workers and that in recent years had been considered by many the epicenter of the nation’s foreclosure crisis.
My talk, entitled: “Introducing the Caring Economy Campaign: A Community Conversation,” was publicized as the first in what will be a series of monthly conversations hosted by GBG. I began by leading the participants through a short centering exercise. I invited them to let their “heart’s memory travel to images and feelings of the care” received during their lives that made them who you are today. Then, I invited them to “write down the names of one special person (or perhaps a short list of people) whose care has made a difference to your life.” I invited participants to mention the names of their caregivers out loud and expressed gratitude so as to “bring their presence into the room.”
During a round of introductions, I asked each participant to “Name one thing you’ve received recently for which you are grateful and that money can’t buy!” I was impressed by the variety of responses evoked by this powerful question, and found it noteworthy that, despite this variety, all of the responses had something to do with interpersonal relationships.
For the next 20 minutes, I gave an oral presentation about Dr. Eisler’s background and work, and the current strategies of the Caring Economy Campaign. I spoke about the Partnership continuum, and root causes of the domination culture, emphasizing in particular the many subtle (and not so subtle) ways that gender inequity has become our common inheritance. I reviewed some of the studies that were used to “make the case” for a caring economy, and introduced the concept of Social Value Indicators.
As a lead in to the conversation phase of the evening, I took about a minute to set our intentions for dialogue and to offer a perspective that this process was an opportunity to engage in a way that is different from the way issues are typically discussed in society. My aim was to create an interpersonal space sustained by mutual trust that allows us to speak from our authentic voices and honor diverse perspectives, practicing our listening skills, speaking to the center, and allowing the dialogue to flow freely where it might. Several themes started to emerge: the need for better intergenerational communication, valuing the contributions of youth and elders, shifting our awareness so that see into the “blind spot” and recognize all the many ways that we are sustained by caregivers in everyday life, changing our attitudes away from zero-sum thinking and learning that when we give to others we are really also giving to ourselves. At the end of the session, I opened the floor for any reflections on the process itself.
The ideas emerging from Eisler’s work and the Caring Economy Campaign invite us to question the foundational assumptions of the market capitalist economy, as well as much of the libertarian dogma that has shaped our public discourse in recent years. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to share these ideas with people within my network who are social activists working in the non-profit sector and in the area of community revitalization. In this context, the ideas of the Caring Economy Campaign can empower people whose work is systemically undervalued. In addition to planning more formal conversation events, I plan to share these ideas in informal conversations, over coffee or at networking events that I routinely attend in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
In the gathering above we studied and discussed Riane's work. The general feeling was that across all boundaries men/woman, black/white, religions, ethnicity, Republican/Democrat and so on we could work together and rally around this Partnership model and the Caring Economy as models for a successful leap into the future. There are no wars, all children receive a high quality education from pre-school through some post high school, women are paid on a par with men and welcomed as full citizen, people are valued and welcomed regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, and our earth is honored and protected.
When I ran for congress here in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, I imagined a world spoken of by the late Senator Paul Wellstone when he said, ""I dare to imagine a country where every child I hold in my hands, are all God's children, regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of whether they're boy or girl, regardless of religion, regardless of rich or poor, that every child I hold in my hands, will have the same chance to reach her full potential or his full potential. That is the goodness of our country. That is the essence of the American dream." Eleanor Roosevelt said, "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." Riane Eisler's work is that candle in the darkness. It represents the formula by which our dreams and hopes for ourselves, our children, our collective future, and our nation may flourish into fulfillment.
Riane's work creates a framework for change by exposing and naming the fundamental problems with our current economic and social systems. This fundamental problem, the Dominator social structure, infiltrates all areas of our lives including our relationship with ourselves, our loved ones, our co-workers, our community, our nation, and our world, as well as our relationship with nature and with spirit. Through Riane's book, The Chalice and the Blade we learned that the way forward is through a Partnership social construct that would allow all voices to be heard and included. In her book The Power of Partnership, Riane shows the 7 partnership relationships that create a strong and vibrant nation of self-actualizers working for the good of not only themselves but for all of us together. Riane's lastest work, The Real Wealth of Nations, together with her previous work creates the comprehensive framework that we as a nation can build our future upon. This latest book shows us how to create an economy that is fair to all, that helps level the playing field, and lays the groundwork for maximizing human potential as a primary aim in policy making. Through the careful implementation of Riane's work we can transform personally and in all of the relationships on our life. Most important for our nation, our children, and our future, we can transform politically and economically. Riane Eisler is the unifying answer to the self-aggrandizing greed of Ayn Rand propagated by Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, the Koch brothers, and the like that has has done so much harm to our economy over the last 35 years.
WHAT IF YOU GAVE A PRACTICUM AND NOBODY CAME?
- an exercise in folly by Melissa Ellen Penn, MA
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 2:18am
So there I am, all set up and ready to go in the
Boulder Creek Room of the Boulder Public Library.
The slides are loaded, the handouts waiting, the tech
is working, and 25 people have RSVP’d
- it’s all good, right?
No one came. Not one. My friend Michael had
joined me, and it was he that took the 3 pictures at
the last minute to prove that I at least was there.
(aren’t the cloth holders cute…NOT.)
OK - on to Plan D (because A, B, and C had crashed
on the rocks) Where can I create an event on the fly,
at the last minute. WAIT! Eureka! My church!
There’s a captive audience. So I check the schedule
to see if anything is scheduled after Sunday services, there isn’t, so I give Mike a call to see if I can offer the program to anyone willing to stay after services. I figure that I will have at least 5 or so people. Mike’s glad to help, and will get back to me. He never does.
Great - I’ve volunteered countless hours for them, and that can’t even return a simple phone call. (#(%%TI&!!) I give up. Really. I’m done.
So here’s how it all began.
PLAN A - The 67th Council on World Affairs is taking place during the class break. It’s the perfect venue to give the Caring Economy Campaign presentation. Thousands of people in attendance, many of whom will have a strong interest in this work. Perfect.
I contact the CWA administration. They LOVE the idea of our work. However, because the format is a panel discussion, I can’t actually be a part of the CWA, however they are open to me posting an event, handing out flyers, and running my event along side theirs. (I make a note to think about how we can create a panel for next year.)
It’s March 28th. I trot off to the Department of Economics to obtain a room on campus. However, there are exams, and a lite staff, and although I find out the names of contacts they aren’t available. So I go home and write three professors, telling them all about The Caring Economy Campaign. I am selecting the one’s whose background and philosophy’s ought to mesh with our focus. I wait.
Two of the three profs answer. One is out of the country, and the other one - the woman I thought would be excited about this, is well….not.
I leave a message for the women who schedules the rooms. It turns out that she is out of town, ad I receive an email auto-responder. So how do I get a room.
NOTE: I’ve taught at Cal for decades (University of California, Berkeley). I’m so used to signing up for rooms, that I never expected to encounter the obstacles I found at CU).
So I again go back to campus. It’s now April 2nd. I pitch the idea to whomever I can find, but now the school is in Spring Break mode, and no one’s around. One of the Admins is incredibly helpful and suggests that I contact the student union. So I trek across campus to find the building. It’s the Student Union. hmmmm. To far away from the main venue of CWA to be of much value in leveraging their audience, but I do meet their administrators, and they are open to helping me promote a large event there in the Fall. OK, good.
Now what about this year? I need venues because I’m new to Colorado and honestly don’t have a lot of friends here. I have acquaintances via the Unity Church, and my synagogue, but all proposals have to work their way through committee meetings, that can take up to six weeks. They already have my proposals. I’ve already explained, in detail, about the Campaign to my friends, they really don’t need to hear about it again. Really.
Arrggghhh. Now what?
PLAN BI run around town looking for venues. Riverside,and Community Work Space are open to proposals, great. Same problem as Unity. I send proposals and continue looking. Eureka, the libraries have rooms - but will they have openings at this late date? There is one opening in Boulder, it’s immediately after our class. I take it.
Now for PR. I create flyers. It’s now the 67th Council for World Affairs, and I’ve checked the schedule to make sure I go to every event about women, the economy, and the state of minorities and women. I do, handing out flyers as I attend. I don’t just leave them out - I hand them to each person, telling them what the event is, that it is a requirement for my certification, and that I’d love to see them there.
All the while I am working on my new radio show for Voice America Radio, contacting sponsors, sending out proposals, etc. I get a freelance writing job. DRAT! However, money calls. I take time to complete the application spec for a tech firm. They forgot details. Arrggh, I incorporate them and send them off. Done!
Meanwhile, back at the CWA - I keep attending seminars. By the end of the conference I have 25 RSVP’s out of 200 flyers. Not bad. Riverside calls me back, let’s set a date. The Highland Club wants a proposal, they’re interested. Colorado State is interested, and will I drive to Fort Collins to meet with them. Sure!
So I review the content of the slide show, settle on 10 slides, spend my last $$ for color copies of the handouts, and 2 large foam-board posters for display in the library’s lobby, and set up shop. I decide to forego food, and focus on the seminar.
I try to test the set up, but the rooms completely booked, so I can’t.
Event day. I attend our class, deal with more proposal requests. I triage a friend who is in crisis. Then I look up. 4pm. WHAT???? My practicum starts at 5:30pm. Speed to the library. Realize that I don’t have the correct cable. Sweet talk an admin into loaning me one (against policy.) So then I jam it into the socket, set up my computer, pray, and it works! Whoo Hoo. I run to place posters in lobby. My friend Michael shows up. No one else does. Not one. No one cancels via email.
There I am, in the library, all set up, and there’s no one there. You’re kidding right? Michael takes a few snaps of me just to prove I’m there. I collect my stuff, and Michael and I go for coffee. We brainstorm a bit.
I go home. Now what to do? I have to focus on the radio show, and my writing.
It’s now April 17th. I decide to give Unity a call. Now this is an organization that I’ve volunteered for hundreds of hours. I ask them if I can host a seminar after services, figuring I’ll at least have five people who are willing. I speak to the guy who runs the AV at the church. He’s willing, and will talk to the minister. He never gets back to me.
I get a call, ‘though. The sponsor I was counting on to pay for my show’s preproduction - is delaying payment.
I give up. I simply go back to bed, pull the covers over my head.
I call Ann - tell her what’s happened. Sigh. She tells me it’s all part of the process, and to present anyway. OK.
So here’s where I stand:
Hillside Club, Unity of Boulder, City of Lafayette
Community Work Space
Colorado University - Economics Department, Student Building
Colorado State -
October 2015 - Council for a World Parliament of Religions
December 2015 - Tuhara, New Zealand
SO WHAT DID I LEARN?
I don’t live in Kansas anymore. Where I come from, if people RSVP, they show up, or they cancel. There is respect for events and event planners. People here don’t seem to be willing to color outside the lines. Spontaneity isn’t something that is easy and graceful here. So things take a LOT longer than I’m used to.
Also, instead of being met with enthusiastic curiosity - that I’m used to from the San Francisco Bay Area, people view anyone disturbing their normal routine with suspicion here. It’s odd, I’m not used to it. and I don’t like it.
So I just keep on extending my hand, sending out multiple proposals, and talking to everyone about the exciting possibilities that The Caring Economy and SWEI’s represent. My life-long feminism is renewed, My love of Riane is rekindled, and I bow to her wisdom.
This is IMPORTANT work. It is VITAL work. While I find that I’m better suited to living on the coasts, it’s here that the work is most needed, of opening up, of encouraging, empowering, educating, and exciting the populace to get brave enough to create real, needed change. I have spend my whole life working for these changes - especially as they relate to The Global Ethic (see Forum post).
SWEI’s are my sword, business ventures are my venue, and I will charge into them, branding my Campaign for a New Economy and insist that they take up the challenge and get with the program! Onward through the fog!
As this is written, only one class remains in the Community Advocates Program that I’m enrolled in with my wife, Janet.
We gave our Practicum Presentation together at our local Unitarian church three weeks ago to a gathering of over twenty people.
It was a rewarding experience given to a supportive, engaged group and I feel considerably more confident in making future presentations
Our church is currently involved in an extended series of conversations with respect to who/what we are as a faith community and what we envision ourselves being. A first cut at this work has resulted in the following mission “pillars”
Consistent with all three of these is the importance of how we are together. As such we are evolving a behavioral covenant that is being adapted and tested in one of our weekly forums. A simple summary of this might be that we agree to respect one another in our speaking and listening, that we remain open and honest in our participation, and that we commit to supporting the full participation of all others.
It most likely occurs that these values are not so different from the goals of Partnership as described by Riane Eisler. While much of Dr. Eisler’s work is necessarily focused on addressing issues at a more macro level, my special interest is in possibilities for authentic, healthy community at much smaller group “levels”.
Part of that interest is motivated by a sense that the World is as it is because We are as we are. When we forget how inextricably connected we are to the world and then observe its problems, there’s a temptation to focus judgment outwardly. But no matter how open and aware we are, we don’t exist apart from the world. As we grow, our work within the world also grows and our relationships are enriched.
And, finally, another motivation simply comes from the practical reality that conventional economics has done much to diminish community as we increasingly depend on the marketplace for many things that were once provided by local, cooperative efforts. Yet when we make an inventory of untapped resources within even relatively small groups, the tally can be staggering with respect to skills, training and experience that are not being put to use within the group as well as its idle tools and materials. There would seem to be considerable opportunities, as well, for experimenting with new ways of engaging these resources such as the use of local currencies or time banks.
I'm very fortunate that my spouse, Tim, is also a member of our CAP cohort. This enabled us to partner on our practicum, which we presented at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart (IN) on March 29 to about 20 participants.
We'd put a lot of time into preparation, and it appeared to pay off as participants were interested and engaged. Materials, including slides and handouts, the "What is wealth" exercise, and much participation and discussion led to a vibrant session. Our biggest constraint was limited time (an hour). Future sessions may focus on the second module of slides (culture and history leading to the current dominator society) as the group appeared particularly interested in this, but time did not allow this focus.
Next steps may include the above (presentation utilizing module two slides), but I'm also looking to pursue an area that connects to my own situation as part of a caregiving team for my aging mom. I'm therefore exploring hosting a gathering of others who are also caregivers to aging parents/others with the intention of, along with connecting and providing support, raising awareness of the incomplete economic map that leaves out caregiving, and brainstorming/advocating toward encouraging awareness that leads to change--real valuing of
Blog Post – Apr/20/2015
Trial Run of my presentation series (one of three) “Introduction to Caring Economy.”
Presented to my Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom – Caring Economy Team.
My idea was to have a three part series based on part one, two and three of the provided PowerPoint to be given to interested groups throughout the area. This trial run was to check my program content if not my presentation skills out before setting up meetings with Community Action Board and WILPF to formally launch the presentation program series.
This was not an ideal presentation, because the group was small, only three, and would require a different set of presentation and interaction skills than those used for larger groups. It also was fragmented into intro/group activity, PowerPoint presentation, and follow up- review of documents provided for additional information because the computer was in a separate room. This required a stop, set up and restart of the program to present the different parts of the presentation. The last section was lost on the group giving feedback rather than engaging in discussion of materials I was trying to present.
I received constructive feedback about the information provided and am adjusting the program to better fit a presentation to large groups, that need to be introduced to the idea of a Caring Economy and to others that already know about it but want a better understanding of what a Caring Economy looks like as stand alone presentations as well as a two part series.
I was initially looking at splitting into three presentations to be offered to three groups, but after my presentation realized it only needed to be two, an introduction to the idea of a Caring Economy (part one and two), and a second presentation of what a Caring Economy looks like (part three.)
I feel that my initial instinct of how to engage the audience first before the presentation will work well, and having the projector with some slides while working on this activity would keep the audience engaged and settled in to be ready for the Presentation. Also having the transition from segment to segment in the same location will help it work better.
The presentation was a learning curve and I was comfortable with the group, though the informal setting provided the audience a chance to give a running dialog of the presentation rather than being a listening engaged group. This allowed me to test the materials for the presentation, but not how the presentation would play out to a real audience.
Pictures from Presentation
Introductory activity before presentation
My next steps will be:
1.) To finalize the introduction presentation (Part 1 and 2) that will introduce people unfamiliar with the concept of a Caring Economy and the Dominator / Partnership paradigm and where their everyday words thoughts and actions fit on this continuum, even though they may think they know where they sit. The outcome would be to get people to become “Economically Correct” not just “politically Correct” in their everyday words, thoughts and actions so that they live closer to the Partnership end of the continuum.
2.) Develop the second presentation (Part 3) that will introduce people with what a Caring Economy would look like and how through their everyday actions and groups they belong to can start moving their community toward the Partnership end of the continuum.
3.) Continue to collect current documents to reflect what is happening now and add to presentation as needed.
4.) Work on additional activities to engage the audience in the programs.
5.) Set dates with WILPF and CAB to present the second presentation to these groups that already have their feet on the floor working toward SWEI’s. Then get feedback and tweak the presentation for future use.
6.) Work with the local Grange and the lecture to develop a two-part presentation series to be given over a couple of months for both presentations. Then get feedback and tweak the presentations again.
7.) Look at ways to promote the two-part series to organizations, the general public and political / local community leaders.
Lives in Santa Cruz CA
Is active in volunteering in areas that promote the ideas;
That nature has value and that everyone has value and belongs at the table.
Thomas John Batley
"Doing what you like is Freedom.
Liking what you do is Happiness."
If you are interested in the challenges for workers and families in home health care situations you may want to know about this workers cooperative option. I just happened upon them after looking at the White Houses page on aging issues.
The Home Care Foundation helps care workers establish cooperatives in their region. You can find out more information at these links:
Home Care Foundation Blog " A Caring Revolution" blog title
Creating worker cooperatives for our hands on domestic and health care workers is a great solution addressing the poverty wages and other dysfunctional care worker challenges.
Hi PLC Community,
It is nice to "e-join" you.
I'm just five days away from the last session of PLC's Online Certification Program for Community Advocates, and I wanted to share a bit about myself and my aspirations for becoming a "conversation leader" in this area.
I retired from active work-for-pay in late 2007. Prior to that time, I'd been a mechanical engineer (1965-82, including a year in Vietnam as an engineer officer), and, after a re-education in Philadelphia, a clinical social worker (1984-2007). I've always had an active social conscience, but the increasing centralization of wealth (and crushing of the poor and the natural environment) in our USA over the last 35 years consumed ever more of my attention after I retired. I then worked with others at our local Unitarian Church to form an "Economic Reform Advocacy Group" in 2010. Since then, we've divided into two working teams: A banking reform team and a caring economy team.
For our Cohort Aster's Certfication Training Program's practicum, I gave a PowerPoint presentation in our home in Albuquerque on the evening of April 6, 2015, using a laptop and a pc mini-projector operated by an attendee/friend. The event also included a dessert break and “get to know each other time” period. I had five friends and colleagues attend, most of of whom are concerned about the tragic state of our economy. Besides the PowerPoint presentation from the community advocates team, I prepared three handouts: an agenda for the evening, a list of discussion questions and a list of related resource materials, including The True Wealth of Nations, for future study.
Here are a couple of images from that evening:
My Next Planned/Hoped For Steps:
I will present this same material (using the same 37 slides out of the 69 contained in the original material given us in the community advocates materials from the PLC website) in a formal forum at our First Unitarian Church (in our Memorial Hall, which can seat 50 or so people) on Sunday, May 17. That event will be separate from, and concurrent with, the main worship service in the sanctuary. Given the 60 minute time limitation protocol, I hope there will be enough interest among the audience to have a second, shorter session at the church to (only) cover the discussion questions (both mine and those submitted by the attendees) thoroughly within the following two weeks.
Our “caring economy study/advocacy group” will continue to study Riane’s book - and related works by other authors - and to meet on a monthly basis at our First Unitarian Church, and I am hoping that several other people in the group will help me in presenting (and doing publicity work for) further presentations around the Albuquerque area. Such presentations could be given to church groups, business community organizations, the local political parties, even governmental bodies at the city and state level (eventually). Again, to allow time for discussion, I think that in the future, this normally will require two sessions (and include all 69 slides).
I would also like to link up with related social action organizations in Albuquerque and over the Internet in a variety of ways. Our older “economic reform” group at the First Unitarian Church already has a (primitive???) website here: http://rightecomics.org – which admittedly needs to be expanded to cover Riane’s work in her book and in the Center for Partnership Studies.
Finally, I'd like to commend to your attention this brand-new organization devoted to developing new models for our political-economic system which will serve both people and our natural environment:
The Next System Project Website: http://thenextsystem.org/
Respectfully submitted, Bob Riley
I’m just completing the Caring Economy Advocates certification program with Cohort Aster and would like to share a few words about my connection to caring economy work, my practicum experience and next steps.
I am a single mother of two beautiful, bicultural children and an inclusive economic development specialist with a specialty in women’s entrepreneurship. As a parent, I’ve been working to honor and invest in my very significant role as sole caregiver. In my profession, I’ve been working to build a better critical analysis of gender in economic development.
I’m very grateful for the opportunity this course has provided to examine these issues with my peers in Cohort Aster and the participants that came to my practicum session. My session was held on April 7th at my workplace in central Vancouver, Canada. We were a small group of six professionals working in the fields of gender equality, early childhood education/attachment parenting and environmental protection. The group size enabled the participants to dive into an intimate conversation that flowed between personal sharing, professional insights and pointers to related resources. Though I had planned to focus the presentation on the caring economy advocacy platform and its local application, participants wanted to engage most with the domination/partnership continuum. I followed the participants’ interest. For future presentations, I will limit my slide deck to 10 slides (the conceptual diagrams) and offer some facilitation rules and timekeeping at the beginning of the session.
My practicum participants were very knowledgeable and articulate on various dimensions of the caring economy framework and also quite fearless in sharing personally. Nobody in the room had it “all figured out” but all had very valuable thoughts and resources to share – from local early childhood research to bell hooks to the Japanese system of time banking care credits. My group wanted to drill down on the theoretical issues, in particular whether capitalism was inherently flawed or could deliver a caring economy. We agreed that our (capitalist) economy was entirely predicated on environmental resources and unpaid care work. One participant pointed to a book by Laurie Penny (Meat Market: Female Flesh under Capitalism) for further reading. Ultimately I would like to be in the position to provide more thought leadership on these issues, but to do so will need to sharpen up my own analysis and arguments.
In terms of next steps, I’ll be meeting with several of the participants who are most plugged into local campaigns that relate to building a more caring economy, as well as the invitees who could not make it to the session. The group discussion really brought home to me that Dr. Eisler’s vision of the caring economy is truly disruptive to the foundations of our current economic system, but that there are many initiatives—both within and without of the dominant culture—that are moving us in a positive direction. Continuing to raise awareness on the issues and create space for them in a wide variety of initiatives is the key – which of course is what the Caring Economy Campaign is all about.
I see my role as engaging more deeply in advocacy for the specific needs of single mothers, and getting the support I need to strengthen my confidence that I can manage being a sole caregiver as well as a career. I’d like to investigate—and contribute to—the available research on single mothers that are successful in raising their children well. Single mothers need hope and guidance, to counteract all of the stereotypes and negative information. More broadly, I’d like to explore economic interventions and programs at different levels that support and reward caregiving alongside career and enterprise success for both men and women. Along the way, I’m looking forward to hearing more stories of people who have found creative ways of navigating both career/entrepreneurship and caregiving and the internal and external factors that have enabled them to successfully do so.
Hello PLC community, I'm thrilled to be here with other people who are passionate about transforming the world! I have been immerse in Riane’s work for the past 2 years as part of my doctoral studies and her work, particularly the dominator-partnership continuum, has transformed my view of the world, myself, my family, and the possibilities that await us we moved toward a partnership model. I think I have read every article and book she’s written, enrolled in the Cultural Transformation course last fall, and I’m just finishing up the Caring Economy Community Advocate Certification. Riane is my hero…I mean SHEro!
The impact of dominator values on the US economic system, and specifically the devaluation of caregiving were the focus of my practicum conversation. I started the conversation off with the small group activity “What is Wealth” and had participants organize the sticky notes by themes. Not surprisingly “relationships” was the largest grouping, and “nature” was ranked 2nd (the 2 aspects that the SWEI's propose to include in measuring wealth). Using the Real Path the Prosperity Powerpoint as the content framework, we had a lively discussion about how those dominator economic values impact marriage and family dynamics, gender expectations, economic priorities, and beliefs and how we can value caregiving activities. I held the event in my group therapy room at my private therapy clinic in Salt Lake City, UT, and 7 people attended the event.
My plan for specific next steps includes holding small group Caring Economy discussions groups, similar to my practicum event, and leading a discussion specifically for my clinic team members. I also plan to contact the Utah Women & Leadership Project director and set up a meeting to share caring economy content and ask if they’d like to sponsor a presentation. Utah ranks last in the US in the percentage of women in key leadership positions and UWLP aims to support and encourage women to build confidence and seek leadership positions. It has become clear to me during my caring economy certification training that project is missing a key element – an initiate supporting and advocating of men taking on more direct caretaking and household management responsibilities. Low number of women in leadership is likely connected with Utah having the nation's largest average household size and the nation's highest birth rate. For women to step into more leadership positions, men will need to participate more in more direct caretaking.
As a social media influencer I have been actively creating memes, posting and retweeting Caring Economy and Riane Eisler content, and inviting others to participate in the Cultural Transformation and the Caring Economy trainings. As a media contributor and blogger, I am weaving the dominator-partnership lens into my content, as well as into my next book.
I was introduced to Riane Eisler’s work while researching and writing my PhD dissertation in Marriage & Family Therapy. I applied Cultural Transformation Theory to a practice model of family life called Partnership Model of Family Organization (PMFO) as a path to support the creative productivity in mothers, and to help all families move toward partnership relations. In the next few months I’ll be launching a website to teach the 8 tenets of the PMFO model and I intend to continue to expand the PMFO.
Also inspired by my dissertation study I created a website called HighlyCreativeWomen.com as a way to celebrate and spread the diverse creative work of women. Any creative females are free to submit your work to be featured for free on the website and I will share your work with my 50K social media followers! http://highlycreativewomen.com/submit/…and creativity is defined in the broadest sense of the word.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you and to collaborating and creating a more caring economy and partnership relations!
PartnershipFamilies.com (launching this summer)
Julie de Azevedo Hanks is a native Californian transplanted in Utah, a wife of 26 years, mother of 4 cool kids, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, performing songwriter, author, blogger, consultant, and private practice therapy clinic owner, community & church volunteer, sporadic exerciser, chocolate lover, movie lover, and an aspiring beach bum.
Sara Saltee and Ann Amberg of CPS Leadership and Learning Programs have been working hard on new materials, new courses, and new webpages...all with the goal of providing learning experiences and resources that empower you as leaders of the Caring Economy and Partnership movements. April Newsletter
Click here for the April 2015 newsletter and read about the latest news from our global Alumni actively engaged in speaking out for a Caring Economy.
Dr. Riane Eisler, social and systems scientist, attorney and author, will address the James Madison University community as part of the Madison Vision Series: Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society.
Eisler will present "Re-Examining Human Nature and Re-Creating Society: Four Cornerstones for Transformation" March 25, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Madison Union Ballroom, Harrisonburg, VA. Admission is free and open to the public
Eisler's lecture is sponsored by the JMU Office of the President and JMU Outreach and Engagement's Madison Institutes and funded by donors to the Madison Forever Vision Fund.
A new ad campaign called “Hardest Job in the World” is a tribute to mothers, although it could easily apply to fathers too.
The British campaign is from the flower company Interflora in honor of Mother’s Day, which, in the U.K., is March 15.
The link above will take you to an interactive image that will calculate your own parent salary!
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