Real change will be possible only when we have changed the cultural narratives and mental models that shape how economic issues and solutions are identified. Narrative and culture shifts are also essential to building public and political will around progressive economic policies that will successfully address racial and gender wealth inequities and transform our current punitive social safety net programs. We are perhaps most challenged to overcome America’s highly dominant language and frame around personal responsibility.

  • Work with organizations and philanthropy to identify ways in which they may be inadvertently playing into harmful meta-narratives around personal responsibility, deservedness and anti-Blackness.
  • Incubate local narrative change efforts focused on arts and culture.
  • Work collectively with nonprofit organizations to develop common language, new frames and narratives across economic issues.