Toward a Caring Economy

By Debra Moffitt – Get the Radio Interview with Dr. Riane Eisler Here.

If you’re one of the many people feeling suffocated and exhausted by the pyramidal corporate structures, then you’re not alone. A recent US Gallup report titled, “The State of the American Workplace” said that over 50% of people in jobs are actively looking for other steven-wei-124688opportunities. This reveals a high level of workplace dissatisfaction. If you read between the lines it means that many people hate their jobs. And this corresponds to what I hear when friends and colleagues talk. But it’s not just about the work itself. People are sick of the model of the top-down hierarchy that rules work places. Many corporations and businesses boast that they use more team-based work models, but the reality proves that it’s still top down, with fewer people in the highest echelons and more people in teams. It’s still about whose on top, about taking power over, about coercing and using fear based behaviors to control and “manage” the results of others. But it’s not working.

The Gallup report says, “Today, the old ways of running a workplace — annual reviews, forced rankings, outdated competencies — don’t get the intended results. Leaders must gain scientific insight into employees’ evolving wants and needs and learn how to build an exceptional workplace.” In short, the old models of doing business and the nine to five work routine are killing competency, numbing creativity, and dousing the fire of the human spirit.

In addition a large portion of work done is not included in the GDP. It’s the unpaid work of caregivers. “The UN Human Development Report, 2015 highlights a contradiction: it is care work mostly undertaken by women – that makes possible much of the paid work that drives the market economy. Care work is also essential for advancing human capabilities yet, because it tends to be unpaid, it is undervalued and often taken for granted,” writes the HDRO Research Team.

Dr. Riane Eisler, founder of the Center for Partnership and The Caring Economy, makes a case for a healthy and mutually beneficial alternative — moving from the “dominator” based traditional economy to one that relies on partnership and cooperation. It moves from the top-down model of organization to a model more based on equality. Dr. Eisler, author of “The Real Wealth of Nations” explores how the value of caring — that is caring for children, the elderly, nature, and ourselves, needs to be measured in economic indicators to become a part of our economic data. Not measuring the work of unpaid caregivers keeps it invisible and undervalued. When caring work is taken into consideration, it adds a considerable amount of value to economies worldwide.

With the explosion of yoga studios and therapeutic massage centers began to open everywhere in the Southeast, US and worldwide, I felt a real surge of optimism about caring and new types of businesses entering into the economy. They reflected a change in mentality. Not only were more options opening up to provide outlets for self-care, but these new businesses were ushering in expansive ideas about what’s important – maintaining good health, flexibility, and well-being. But even though they may include an element of caring as integral ideas of these businesses, the caring economy takes a step farther and values the unpaid work of mothers, caregivers to the elderly, and even caring for nature. It provides support for new mothers with ample maternity leave, which most countries in the developed world offer with the exception of the USA. To hear more about the Caring Economy, I invite you to listen to the interview with Dr. Riane Eisler, who is one of the most important thought leaders of our time in this domain. Check out this short (20 minute) interview with Dr. Riane Eisler on my UnityFM show, “Divinely Inspired Living”.

Copyright Debra Moffitt, 2017. No portion of this blogĀ  may be used or copied in any format without prior written consent of its author.

 

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5 comments

  1. It is so true that care work in not valued and need to be put front and center. So glad that we are starting to see a shift of what is no longer working in the workplace. As humanity is moving towards a more self-loving and self-honoring models, the work place will have to follow and old systems will continue to collapse. It is exciting, though unsettling time.

  2. Thank you for this important post, Debra. It is so true: the old model is not working. I see it for instance in how more and more people are seeking to create a business of their own in order to create and live a fulfilling life.

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