We conclude our two-month Ecolution exploration of the ways that Minnesotans are collaborating, instead of competing, in order to create healthier community ecosystems with this bit of history and contemporary thought about monopolies.
Many report that their cultural communities value familial interdependence, such as caregiving, establishing lending circles, and sharing housing. Some indicated the difficulty of adapting to the U.S. system of economic individualism.
This is exactly why we are overdue in having conversations about how to build equity into our community. We must do work together so that those without privilege are able to improve on financial security.
“The vitality of our region, and the strength of our rural economy, depends on everyone being able to contribute, and it starts before birth. We need to ensure all our kids — our Indigenous children, our seventh-generation immigrant children, and our first-generation immigrant children — get the best possible start to life.’’ — Southwest Initiative Foundation President Diana Anderson
All women today — unlike 30 years ago — will say they know how to do money. But one-third at best are doing it. We need to take a leap to do something — not perfect, not monumental, but a start. We need to keep asking ourselves, what can we do today to get what we need?