Meaningful Work and Wealth
Meaningful Work and Wealth is about personal, family, and community wealth that provides the means for healthy, secure lives. It is about good-paying, fulfilling jobs and careers, and financial security that extends across the lifespan.
Meaningful Work and Wealth is one of seven interrelated “vital conditions” that comprise the Vital Conditions for Community Health and Well-being framework. The framework helps us understand the systems that produce equitable well-being for all, and opportunities to shift those systems and drive improvement. Learn more about the Vital Conditions framework >>
People’s lives and self-worth flourish when doing productive, rewarding work. The income one earns prevents material deprivation; and the experience of productive work itself converts dependency into a dignified sense of purpose. Even beyond the immediate importance of earning a paycheck, meaningful work lifts up entire families and communities, creating a vibrant and interdependent commonwealth.
The promise of America’s democracy is best fulfilled when we work with others, across differences, to create things of lasting value. Likewise, the ability to accumulate adequate wealth shapes the living standards not only for individual families and communities, but for generations to come. Being able to afford assets like a home or a computer opens avenues to participate more fully in work, school, and community life. Also, the chance to build financial equity, for example through a retirement account or owning shares in a company, enables people to invest in education or to start a business of their own.
There are myriad opportunities to improve conditions for Meaningful Work and Wealth in communities. Some of the most significant opportunities pertain to:
- Gainful employment and a livable wage;
- Promoting wealth building opportunities; and
- Advancing equitable prosperity for all.
This page directs you to topical content on Community Commons to help drive system improvements to Meaningful Work and Wealth in your community.