Power with,
not power over.
Make the invisible, visible.
Equitable Markets vs Free Markets.
Includes Everyone.

Empowered to...

Partnerism: A socio-economic system that values and rewards caring for one another, nature, and our collective future.

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People & planet in crisis

We can’t safely build a 21st Century world on an 18th Century operating system. The economic and social systems of the world are failing humanity and our planet. We are experiencing serious breakdowns:

  • Environmental crises
  • Health and wellness crises
  • Immense wealth gap
  • Systemic racial, gender, and religious biases
  • Child abuse and mental health crises
  • Political systems that can’t solve these problems

Over 1 million species are on the brink of extinction

22% of the global population do not have access to basic healthcare.

The richest 1% hold 44% of the entire world’s wealth.

Globally, up to 1 billion children have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect this past year

The value of the ‘invisible economy’ is estimated at $10.8 trillion globally (Oxfam)

If the value of caring for people in households were counted it would constitute between 30-50% of the reported GDP

From domination to Partnerism

The argument of Capitalism versus Socialism fails to recognize that both are rooted in Domination. This system has caused 6,000+ years of suffering and injustice. There is another way — a socio-economic system that supports mutual respect, non-violence, equality, empowerment, and caring: Partnerism.

Riane Eisler's Domination/Partnership Social Scale

Domination

  • In groups and out groups
  • Hierarchies of domination
  • Power maintained by force and fear
  • Inequality
  • Ignores economic value of caring
  • Violence and abuse

Partnership

  • Everyone matters
  • Hierarchies of actualization
  • Increase in liberty and expression
  • Equality: gender, race, etc
  • Care is valued economically
  • Human flourishing and creativity

Partnerism is...

1. A socio-economic system where all relationships, institutions, policies, and organizations are based on principles of equitable partnership that supports linking rather than ranking and hierarchies of actualization rather than hierarchies of domination.

Partnerism is...

2. The opposite of a domination system, where hierarchies of domination are maintained through fear and force in all areas, from families and education to economics and politics.

Partnerism is...

3. The perspective required to develop our human capacity to care for people, regardless of gender, race, and other categories, and to care for nature.

Partnerism is...

4. A new social category that transcends conventional ones such as capitalism/socialism, Right/Left, religious/secular, and Eastern/Western.

Partnerism is...

5. A system in which the work of caring for people, starting in infancy, and caring for nature is highly valued and rewarded in both the market and non-market economic sectors, regardless of gender.

Family / Childhood Relations

Partnerism values the work of caring.

Four cornerstones for shifting from domination to partnership systems.

Building a new social system is accomplished by leveraging the Four Cornerstones upon which social systems are built and maintained.  


Gender Relations

Partnerism values all people, regardless of gender or other differences.

Economic Relations

Partnerism recognizes that the real weath of our world consists of the contributions of people and of nature.

Family/Childhood Relations

Neuroscience shows that what children experience and observe, starting at birth, determines how our brains develop and therefore how we think, feel, and act. Infants and children absorb partnership or domination worldview's from parents' relationships with each other and from their relationships with parents and siblings, long before they go to school and long before critical mental faculties are developed.



Narratives / Language

Partnerism supports empathetic, mutually beneficial, caring relationships.

Value what we measure. Measure what we value.

For 75 years, the world has marched to the drum of “Gross Domestic Product,” a narrow, distorted, and short-term measure focusing on goods and services, without accounting for whether they help or harm us or our natural environment. It’s time for a new toolset.

From GDP to SWI.

The Social Wealth Index (SWI), a new tool under development, documents the enormous economic value of the work of care, its key role in a nation’s human capacity development, and what investments are needed for a better quality of life and a strong economy. When accurately accounted for, care emerges as both a prime mover of economic growth and a reliable indicator of a nation’s current and future social well-being and economic vitality.

Making the invisible
economy visible.

The unaccounted value of the ‘invisible economy’ is estimated at $10.8 trillion globally. Partnerism's caring economics includes huge value generators that make visible and invest in human capacity development. 


Market
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Government
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Illegal
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Partnerism economics

We are at an economic tipping point. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the inadequacies of current economic thinking. Even before now, millions of jobs were already replaced by automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence, and predictions are that job losses will accelerate exponentially in the next 20 years. This opens the door for redefining what is and is not productive work as part of a new sustainable and equitable economic system of Partnerism.

Building a better next

What distinguishes us as humans is our enormous capacity for caring, consciousness, and creativity. Now is the time to use these gifts to construct:

Five Building Blocks for the Caring Economics of Partnerism:

  1. Using new metrics that account for caring for people and planet
  2. Demonstrating the financial and social return from investing in a caring economics
  3. Effectively addressing poverty, including the disproportionate poverty of women and children
  4. Developing cohesive family and environmental policy agendas
  5. Working together to shift social institutions and values

Key tenets

  • Goes beyond the old thinking of capitalism/socialism
  • Includes the life-sustaining sectors: Household economy, Unpaid Community and Creative Economy, Natural Economy
  • Is based on findings from neuroscience showing how the social construction of childhood and gender directly impacts economics
  • Makes visible what is now invisible, including the domination-based gendered system of values where caring for people and nature is not considered “productive work”
  • Serves the post-industrial service/knowledge economy in focusing on human capacity development, which is essential for our complex technological era
  • Utilizes the reality-based economic measures of the Social Wealth Index
  • Leads to market and government practices and policies that prioritize people and nature

Key points

  • Goes beyond the old thinking of capitalism/socialism
  • Includes the life-sustaining sectors: Household economy, Unpaid
  • Community and Creative Economy, Natural Economy
  • Accounts for findings from neuroscience showing that how childhood and gender are socially constructed directly impacts economics
  • Makes visible what is now invisible, including the domination-based gendered system of values where caring for people and nature is not considered “productive work”
  • Fits with the post-industrial service/knowledge economy in focusing on human capacity development, which is essential for our complex technological era
  • Utilizes the reality-based economic measures of the Social Wealth Index
  • Leads to market and government practices and policies that prioritize people and nature

Adam Smith, Karl Marx...
now Riane Eisler.

For the last 35 years social scientist and cultural historian Riane Eisler has been advocating for Partnerism, a more caring social and economic system. Eisler is President of the Center for Partnership Studies and author of a dozen books including, The Real Wealth of Nations and most recently Nurturing Our Humanity (Oxford University Press, 2019).

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