Care-centered transition to equitable, low-consumption societies

About The Project

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on how much our societies depend on care work. However, care work, including activities such as child-rearing, housework, caring for the sick and the elderly, and taking care of the local environment, tends to be a blind spot in economic accounting and public policymaking. According to dominant economic thinking, increasing participation in the wage-based market economy makes society better off, even when this expansion happens at the expense of care work and erodes related relationships and skillsets.

There are indications that humanity has entered a turbulent era where the capacity for care work will be essential. The escalating impacts of our ecological overshoot, such as climate change-driven disasters, and the related need to rapidly shrink humanity’s pressure on the planet will put social systems under extreme stress.      

This project explores the potential of a care-centered society – how a rebalancing of wage labor and care work could strengthen resilience and promote wellbeing in the necessary shift away from high material consumption societies.  

A concept note on the project

This project brings together two systemic crises of our time – climate change and inequality – which, despite being increasingly overlapping, have been responded to by policies and approaches that have not been complementary and sometimes even contradictory.

Project Partners

Our funders

This project receives funding from Partners for a New Economy and the Climate Works Foundation.

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