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Using the Equitable Economies Library to Make Lasting Change
Currently, health, wealth, and economic opportunities are not available equitably to everyone. However, changing policies to shift economic systems has the power to address economic inequality, center people and the planet, and create an economy that works for everyone. Long-term policy change is at the heart of real, sustainable improvements across communities.Through policy change we can transform systems, address system injustices, and improve vital community conditions for the long term.
The Advancing Equitable Economies Policy Library (Equitable Economies Library) curates policies that address inequities and that provide equitable opportunities and prosperity for all. The searchable, living library of recommended policies was created by The Well Being In The Nation Network (WIN Network), in partnership with Community Commons, through the combined efforts of people with diverse backgrounds. Policies in the Library cover multiple sectors, can be implemented at a variety of scales, and center equity of people by advancing the ideas of organizations fighting against historical, structural racism. The 100+ policies are organized into eleven impact areas that are key in advancing more equitable economies. Created for all audiences, each policy description is carefully written in accessible, easy-to-understand language.
The Equitable Economies Library can be leveraged by change-makers in several ways. It serves as a reference for specific policies or policy ideas for addressing needs. The Equitable Economies Library can also be used as a tool to guide dialogue about key issues, such as providing reparations for historic inequities, ensuring equitable access to education and jobs, or increasing belonging and civic muscle. The policy pages serve as a jumping off point for learning more, and taking action.
Policies in the Equitable Economies library are connected to a wealth of resources and stories from Community Commons to inspire change-makers to take action to advance more equitable economies. For example, Community Commons provides: stories of community transformation, like Stockton launching a universal basic income pilot program to fight poverty; implementation libraries, including Bright Spots from 100 Million Healthier Lives communities around the world; and a host of topics, resources, and collections, such as systems transformation for well-being and equity, Universal Basic Income, Targeted Universalism, Stewardship, and businesses’ role in a thriving and just world.
Community Commons offers various resources on the Seven Vital Conditions for Well-Being to help change-makers reimagine policies and systems and conditions for well-being and equity for generations to come. Policies in the Equitable Economies library are organized by impact area and grouped by the Vital Conditions they address. Each vital condition is represented by symbols in the visuals. For example, the policy suggestion for expanding public transportation tackles Reliable Transportation and Meaningful Work & Wealth--it would provide access to affordable, reliable transportation to work, helping people get and keep jobs.
Explore the Equitable Economies Policy Guides below and visit the full Advancing Equitable Economies Policy Library to see all 11 policy briefs. Still have questions? Visit the Equitable Economies Library FAQ page.