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Take Action for a New Economy

It’s hard to resist feeling powerless as we watch economic systems collapse around us. The leading economic thinkers who lent their voices to the Summer/Fall ’09 issue of World Pulse Magazine remind us that those systems can be re-envisioned.

A sustainable economy that supports human, environmental and spiritual health is within reach. Here are three steps you can take to help us get there:

1. Inform yourself and your community on the roots of our current economic system. Helena Norberg-Hodge’s International Society for Ecology and Culture has developed a study circle program to encourage individuals to examine their role within the global economy. Form your own study circle as a support group for education, local action, and coalition building for a new economy.

2. Change the terms of discussion at the grassroots level to bring about the caring economy outlined by Riane Eisler in her book The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics. How will the world look when adequate care of children is recognized as essential to a functional economy and when employee wellbeing is viewed as a necessary part of healthy business strategy? Visit Eisler’s Center for Policy Studies to learn how to become a conversation leader and take up the charge to promote a caring economics.

Then bring that conversation directly to those in power by supporting an agenda that puts caring work at the center of national policy.

3. Put your money where your values are and help bring about Leslie Christian’s vision of an economy where businesses contribute to, rather than detract from, quality of life. By making smart, informed investments you encourage entrepreneurs who are incorporating social and environmental values into the way they do business. What values do you want to invest in? Learn about Leslie Christian’s Portfolio 21 and other socially responsible investing funds at Social Funds.

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