About the CEC

About the CEC

If we bring Caring and the Economy together, what would our lives and our world look like? The Caring Economy Campaign (CEC) explores this enormous potential through public policy work focused on alternative economic and social indicators, and through a powerful platform for uniting organizations and individuals to build a more just, sustainable, prosperous, and caring economy and future for us all.

As a coalition of diverse grassroots, research, educational, business, environmental, women's, children's, faith-based, and other organizations and individual leaders, the Caring Economy Campaign coalition will influence our economic and social policies at the federal, state and local levels—beginning with new Social Wealth indicators. Please learn more below and join our Caring Economy Campaign and help us in making the invisible work of caring, still primarily done by women, visible as we look to the future.

Our Perspective

Our Perspective

The mission of CPS’ Caring Economy Campaign (CEC) is to shift economic measurements, policies, and practices from the current focus on GDP and Wall Street to a humane and prosperous economy that recognizes the enormous return on investment in the most important, yet undervalued, human work: the work of caring for and educating people, starting in early childhood.

CEC programs provide the missing foundations needed to support the many grassroots organizations today working to end cycles of poverty and promote women’s empowerment, economic security, and justice for all. The CEC demonstrates the financial return on investment from paid sick and family leave, quality affordable Pre-K, paycheck fairness, and other policies needed for equal rights, opportunities, and U.S. competitiveness in the knowledge/service economy.

The contributions of people and nature are the real wealth of a nation

A caring economy is essential for prosperity in our current knowledge/service economic era, which runs on “high quality human capital” – people able to fully express their potentials for learning, empathy, collaboration, and creativity.

The widening gaps between haves and have-nots in the U.S jeopardize our shared prosperity. A higher percentage of children live in poverty here than in any other industrialized country, except Romania, women in communities of color are poorest, maternal mortality has doubled in the past 25 years, African American women are more than three times more likely than white women to die in childbirth, and elderly women (most of whom were full- or part-time caregivers) are nearly twice as likely to be poor as elderly men.

Investing in care grows our real wealth

For national economic competitiveness in the post-industrial global economy, and to prevent this suffering and injustice, we need new economic measures and policies that recognize the enormous financial return from investing in caring for people in both the market and non-market household economic sectors. Investing in our human infrastructure reduces the back-end costs of crime, illness, and lost potential – the enormous yet avoidable costs of an un-caring economy.

Empowering women is good for the world

Because women do most of the work of care for little or no pay, the Caring Economy Campaign is essential to lift women and families out of poverty. And, raising the status of women has positive economic and social benefits for everyone. Nations where the status of women is higher have paid family leave, high quality early childhood education, and stipends to families for care work. Because they invest in caring for and educating their people, these nations rank high in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Reports and the UN Human Development Reports.

Three Strategies for Systemic Change

Three Strategies for Systemic Change

Public Policy and Social Wealth Economic Indicators: At the CEC, we're building new Social Wealth Economic Indicators that count care in, and give policy and business leaders the tools to make the case for supporting women and families, promoting family/employment balance, and building a more just and caring economy for generations to come.

Leadership and Learning Programs:Over 300 leaders from 16 countries have been trained through CPS's Caring Economy Leadership Program. Programs also include Riane Eisler's Cultural Transformation Course and Transforming Healthcare Culture.

Coalition and Movement Building: CPS’s Caring Economy Campaign coalition is composed of local, national, and international organizations representing women, children, caregivers, health care workers, teachers, socially responsible businesses, advocates for civil and human rights, environmentalists, faith-based activists, think tanks, and others, representing 17 million individuals.

What is the Real Wealth and Caring Economics

What is the Real Wealth and Caring Economics

The conventional view of wealth is money, possessions, and property. But the real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature. So, we need what we haven't had: an economic system that gives visibility and value to the work of caring for people and our Mother Earth.

To build this economic reality, we have to work together to change the rules of the economic game. This is the theme of Eisler's book The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics and the goal of the Center for Partnership Studies Caring Economics campaign.

Some people in the U.S. think that the next generation will be the first to NOT surpass the current generation’s wealth–and by that they mean the accumulation of money, possessions, and property. However, we have to ask, were we really wealthy? Financial wealth can disappear, like the credit swaps and derivatives did, in a matter of seconds.

What many are discovering is that the current financial wealth system often comes at the expense of our children, our families, communities, and the planet. They are waking up to a new definition of wealth. We need an economic system that make it possible to have healthy food, good housing, enriching schools, natural and recreational space, and a sense of community.

Study after study shows that what people truly find most valuable are relationships, meaning, service, and a sense of purpose. But the current economic system does not support or give value to caring for people, starting in early childhood, and caring for our Mother Earth. We can, and must, change this! We can have an economic system that meets everyone's material needs and makes it possible for us to have time and energy for our children, our communities, and ourselves.

Center for Partnership Studies

The Center for Partnership Studies is a public service organization dedicated to research and education for cultural transformation from domination to partnership systems. Founded by Dr. Riane Eisler and Dr. David  Loye in 1987, CPS has worked with thousands of individuals and organizations to change consciousness, promote positive personal action, encourage social advocacy, and influence policy.

CEC Supporters

CEC Supporters

The Center for Partnership Studies is most grateful to its supporters and donors for both the Caring Economy Campaign and general support, including:

  • The Cochrane Foundation
  • Harvey L. Miller Foundation
  • Kalliopeia Foundation
  • Loeb-Megginis Foundation
  • Ms. Foundation for Women
  • New Visions Foundation
  • NoVo Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

As well as to our generous individual contributors!

Please join us, and consider donating to CPS and the Caring Economy Campaign.