WU Social Change and Economic Equity Discussion

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The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.

—William Gibson, “The Science in Science Fiction,” Talk of the Nation

The creative use of economic and social forces to address equity and fairness in the dissemination of resources across cultures and communities is increasingly becoming a focus of social change efforts. In preparation for this Discussion, consider how economics and entrepreneurship might be effectively employed as tools of social change in the service of an issue or cause that is important to you. With those considerations in mind, select an action or entrepreneurial idea that might address an issue of economic equity and fairness within a specific community.

By Day 3

Post by Day 3 a description of at least one action or entrepreneurial idea that might positively impact a specific community’s economy. Briefly explain why this community has a need for social change and how this action might address equity and fairness across cultures and communities. Provide a brief analysis of any ethical implications or concerns related to this suggestion.


Apfelbaum, E. P., Pauker, K., Sommers, S. R., & Ambady, N. (2010). In blind pursuit of racial equality? Psychological Science, 21(11), 1587–1592.
Belle, D., & Doucet, J. (2003). Poverty, inequality, and discrimination as sources of depression among U.S. women.Psychology of Women Quarterly, 27(2), 101–113.
Evans, G. W. (2004). The environment of childhood poverty. American Psychologist, 59(2), 77–92.
Holzer, H. J., Whitmore Schanzenbach, D., Duncan, G. J., & Ludwig, J. (2007). The economic costs of poverty in the United States: Subsequent effects of children growing up poor. Retrieved from Center for American Progress website: 

The following websites illustrate how social change agents are employing economics and entrepreneurship in new and creative ways:

BSR. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.bsr.org/
Fair Trade Federation. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.fairtradefederation.org/
Green America™. (2015). Responsible shopper. Retrieved from https://www.greenamerica.org/green-shopping-tips
Green Money. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.greenmoneyjournal.com/
Kiva. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.kiva.org/
Social Venture Network. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.svn.org/

For examples of how the creative use of economic forces is generating social change that, in turn, is affecting one industry, review the following:

The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc. (n.d.). GLP testing protocol and product requirements. Retrieved from http://www.carpet-rug.org/commercial-customers/gre...
Good Weave®. (2014). Retrieved from https://goodweave.org/
Nature’s Carpet™. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.naturescarpet.com/


Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S., & Platow, M. J. (2011). The new psychology of leadership: Identity, influence, and power. New York, NY: Psychology Press.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). Heather Hefner, PhD, mental health support for at-risk youth [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Retrieved from 
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A lack of involvement by residents and their representatives has a stumbling block to
progress in most studies of community development activities at the local level (Evans, 2004).
While community growth involvement has been the subject of a lot of debate in development
analysis for more than 40 years, it has only emerged within the last ...

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