Ginger is a Caring Economics Coalition (CEC) Member and Certified Conversation Leader. She speaks regularly to raise awareness about the value of caregiving and supports the CEC’s sustainable approach toward building a healthy economy which values its most precious resource: its children. Learn more, watch the VIDEO below.
The real wealth of our nation, and our world, is not financial: Our real wealth consists of the contributions of people and nature. Nations that support the work of caregiving – by offering caregiver tax-credits, publically funded child and elder care, and paid parental leave –consistently rank high in both UN Human Development Reports and World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Reports. When the importance of caregiving is recognized and supported, citizens are happier and healthier, and society is more economically secure. Success in the world and a good quality of life for our nation’s citizens require economic practices, policies, and measurements that give visibility and value to the most essential human work – the work of caring for people, starting in early childhood. The Caring Economy Campaign will make our nation, and our world, better.
CPS’s Caring Economy Campaign has three major strategies to achieve its goals:
1. Public Policy & Social Wealth Indicators: Following the recommendations of The State of Society: Measuring Economic Success and Human Well-Being, the 2010 report commissioned by CPS from the Urban Institute, CPS is working again with the Urban Institute to develop new indicators of economic and social health.These Social Wealth indicators provide the missing empirical evidence needed so policies take into account the enormous economic value of the work of care, take into account the contributions of women, and give adequate attention to racial and other marginalized groups. In May 2012, twenty leading experts on the economymet in Washington D.C. at a meeting co-sponsored by the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS) and the Urban Institute to pave the way for the development of Social Wealth Indicators and explore their inclusion in the new Key National Indicators planned for the United States. The State of Society report has been endorsed by leaders of organizations representing 30 million people. Read the State of Society recommendations and View Endorsements.
2. Leadership & Learning Programs: Certified leaders from countries around the globe have been trained through CPS’s online Caring Economy Leadership Training program, and are reaching thousands of others. The program’s Real Wealth track focuses on economic success and a better quality of life, and the Women’s Empowerment track focuses on developing women’s leadership and economic empowerment. Other CEC educational programs include courses at universities, presentations at professional conferences such as the Academy of Management, articles in academic and popular publications, op-eds, blogs, websites, and social media. Enroll in the leadership program.
3. Coalition & Movement Building: CPS launched the Caring Economy Campaign coalition following the endorsements of the Urban Institute report by leaders of organizations representing women, children, caregivers, health care workers, teachers, social responsible businesses, the natural environment, faith-based activists, civil and human rights activists, think tanks, and others. The CEC coalition brings together local, national, and international organizations to inform policy makers and the public of the need for, and benefits of, a caring economy. The CEC website features blog postings, fact sheets, videos, and resources of allied organizations and individuals working to create a more caring and prosperous economy. Our coalition-building also includes reaching out to a broad audience via conventional and social media such as Facebook, You Tube, and Twitter. To join the CEC coalition, click here.