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Scott Burns: "Household Economy" (03:28)


While economists only analyze monetary sectors of society, Scott Burns finds value in the non-money sectors at the core of society. Homemakers and other unpaid volunteer workers have a significant impact on society.

Unpaid Economic System (04:53)

Author Riane Eisler finds that the status of women serves as an accurate predictor of general quality of life within a community. Economists estimate that unpaid work equals up to 40 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

Time Dollars: Recognizing Unpaid Labor (02:14)

Edgar Cahn created Time Dollars, a program for recognizing unpaid labor and services. Time dollar brokers use a neighbor-to-neighbor paradigm to help meet the individual needs of participants.

Small Scale Farming (01:53)

In a global movement to protect farmers all over Asia and Central America, Vandana Shiva's organization works to save biodiversity and native seeds by creating community seed banks and increasing organic farming.

Micro Credit: Self Help for a Regional Economy (03:04)

The Schumacher Society advocates for a system where the goods consumed in a region are produced in that region. Delhi dollars and Ithaca dollars are two types of alternative forms of monetary exchange that support local communities.

Barter Movement (05:18)

Barter exists as a conduit to another area of currency on either a direct business-to-business basis or on an indirect basis. Many communities create a trade exchange system where businesses participate by accepting trade dollars.

Hazel Henderson: "Creating Alternative Futures" (02:58)

The total production of society includes the unpaid sections created by the love economy and nature's productivity, mostly overlooked by economists and missing from the gross domestic product and corporate balance sheets.

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The Love Economy: Ethical Markets 1

Part of the Series : Ethical Markets 1: Growing the Green Economy 1.0
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What forms the bedrock of America’s wealth? Home ownership? Small businesses? Wall Street? This program lays out an entirely different economic conception, pointing to the vast amount of unpaid labor and services that keep the rest of society afloat. Riane Eisler, author of The Real Wealth of Nations, analyzes the significance of volunteer work, medical support provided by family members, and other hidden or uncompensated labor. Activist Vandana Shiva sheds light on the nonmonetary contributions of small farmers around the world, while economist Hazel Henderson maps out the place of the “love economy” within the conventional one. Barter is also explored, with the help of Time Dollars creator Edgar Cahn and Barter News editor Bob Meyer. (28 minutes)

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL37198

ISBN: 978-1-4213-6637-1

Copyright date: ©2005

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

[This program is part of the series Ethical Markets.]


 “Ethical Markets should be a daily show broadcast on many networks. The world is crying for the ideas and examples of a new economics that ensures a sustainable future for all of us. Hazel Henderson and Simran Sethi introduce viewers to an awakening world of possibility. A world where profit pursues a triple-bottom-line, and where hope blossoms among a new set of entrepreneurs to build a better world for all. The real life case studies show that indeed another world is possible, in fact it's being born in places and businesses around the world. The wider world needs to hear these stories if we are  going to steer our spaceship earth towards a future that provides opportunity and security for all of us.” —Terry Link, Director, Office of Campus Sustainability, Michigan State University


“We found the Ethical Markets series so valuable, we built an entire college course in our Financial Studies curriculum around it.” —Carol S. Spalding, Ed.D., Open Campus President, Florida Community College at Jacksonville

Ethical Markets challenges us to think beyond what is and look instead at what can, should and must be the bedrock principles of a sustainable, global economy.” —James W. Knight, Dean, Division of Continuing Education, The University of Florida

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