We can heal this.
And we can make it a mostly-pleasant process.
And we can redesign systems to work for the 100%.
All of us. (“How many does your ‘Us’ abide?'” ~ Woven, by Featherburn)
Old ways of thinking aren’t the way out of our shared predicaments.
Well.. okay, technically *very* old ways of thinking, woven together with kinda but not super new ways of thinking might be.
The currency of the Commons and the Household is the Gift. We don’t need to monetize* the Commons or the Household.
We need to recognize and respect the many forms of value and resource exchange that have always existed, far before “economics” was invented.
They are all threads with which we re-weave our shredded societies.
The Commons and the Household are every bit as vital to humanity as Government and Industry. None thrive for long without the others thriving.
(Side note: read Doughnut Economics, especially the bit about how the seminal textbook of economics was written by a man who lived under his mother’s roof, as she cooked and cleaned and otherwise provided for him.)
(And follow it up with Monoculture. And then with Team Human. And Sacred Economics. And Climate: A New Story. And.. well, that’s a really good start.)
“NAIROBI (Reuters) – The world’s richest 2,153 people controlled more money than the poorest 4.6 billion combined in 2019, while unpaid or underpaid work by women and girls adds three times more to the global economy each year than the technology industry, Oxfam said on Monday.
The Nairobi-headquartered charity said in a report released ahead of the annual World Economic Forum of political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, that women around the world work 12.5 billion hours combined each day without pay or recognition.
In its “Time to Care” report, Oxfam said it estimated that unpaid care work by women added at least $10.8 trillion a year in value to the world economy – three times more than the tech industry.”