How will we respond to the convergence of historic changes upon us? Our generation faces global pressures on food, water and a stable climate, along with growing inequality and fading dreams of a good life. How can we rethink old economic models that compound these problems? Our learning community is dedicated to searching for promising ideas, finding practices that work, and developing communication models to help different audiences, from citizens to policymakers, better understand these challenges and take effective action.


Re-imagine, re-tool, and communicate new visions of prosperity in a changing world.

Rethinking Prosperity is a research, learning, and civic engagement program to re-imagine, re-tool, and communicate new visions of prosperity in a changing world. Our approach includes original research, new learning opportunities, and convening stakeholders. Bridging the classroom, research center, and civic arena, we seek new strategies for communicating economic, environmental and social policies that work better, for more people.
  • Searching for Promising Ideas
  • Finding Practices That Work
  • Development Communication Models

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Debates about the economic growth and environmental sustainability are siloed, and polarized, limiting the scope of needed change in policy thinking.  Rethinking Prosperity changes the conversation locally and nationally by mapping and seeding easily spreadable ideas about how an economy can work well for more people, within planetary boundaries over the long run. This entails understanding and reframing contemporary debate on economic and environmental sustainability.  We do this through:


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Center for Communication and Civic Engagement

The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement (CCCE) at the University of Washington, Seattle is uniquely positioned to integrate the core elements of learning, research, and public service that define this program.  Our Faculty, Student, and Community Team led by CCCE Director Lance Bennett, have the expertise to communicate new ideas effectively, and our network of advisers and fellows ground and inform our work.  These partnerships and projects, from local to international aim to build civic capacity and create a new generation of change agents.


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