We’re looking for people to fill three different roles within WEAll Youth.
We’re a youth lead community connecting young students and professionals, locally and globally, to learn about and create a wellbeing economy. It is an economy that meets the needs of all, rather than the wants of a few, a new economic system putting people and the planet at its center.
We envision a future in which every young person can see an alternative to the current economic system and envision a future of social and environmental wellbeing, as a first step to start building this new reality.
Do you identify with who we are and are you motivated to make a change? One of these vacancies is for you!
We are looking for a Partnership Lead. This person will organize and collaborate on projects with individuals and organizations from around the world.
We are looking for someone to take on the task of creating and developing our newsletter. It gets sent out monthly to our global network.
Social Media Team
We are looking for people to join our social media team. Help plan, create and evaluate content for our social media channels.
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And it owns other popular platforms like Instagram and Whatsapp.
With this much power, tech is no longer just a ‘tech issue’. It’s a societal and economic issue!
Serving the common good?
“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings.”
In reading about these issues, you have to wonder:
Is Facebook serving the common good? 👀
It all comes down to the business model.
As a vehicle for creativity and innovation, business is a key player in creating the solutions we need to deliver social justice on a healthy planet. But in our current system, finance and the economy tend to serve themselves, rather than serving society and the environment. 👎
“Today, society and the environment are serving business, when business needs to be the servant of society.”
Martin Rich, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Future Fit
Since economist Milton Friedman declared that “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits” in a 1970 New York Times op-ed, the ideal of ‘profit maximisation’ and continual growth to increase shareholder value has become the dominant model for how businesses operate. This often means deprioritising the interests of others stakeholders.
This seems to be true in the case of Facebook.
As Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey, explains,
“Facebook openly says that their business model is to use data related to users for profit.”
This explains why we can use social media platforms for ‘free’. This makes logical sense. How else would they make money? 🤷♀️
This raises a foundational question:
If Facebook’s primary goal and business model was not centred around growth and profit maximisation, how might it approach issues of data privacy and digital safety? 🤔
Social Media in a Wellbeing Economy
“If a business is designed to maximise financial return, delivering environmental and social return as well, is inevitably a cost on the bottom line and competes with the financial return. However, if a business is designed to deliver environmental and social return as well as financial, it enhances rather than competes with financial return.”
Hugo Spowers, Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple
To see business playing a key role in the shift toward a Wellbeing Economy (where the economy serves society as its core purpose), they must embody the principles of ‘Wellbeing Businesses”. These include:
Connection – a corporate culture that aligns the organisational purpose with collective values. 🙏
Dignity – a business model that creates the means for employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to live with dignity. ✊
Participation – balanced and values-based relationships with all stakeholders. 🤝
Olga Koretskaya and Gus Grosenbaugh explain that, to put these principles of care and responsibility into practice, Wellbeing Businesses work to:
1. Ensure transparency and accountability 🔍
When multinational corporations work across multiple regional and regulatory borders, it often leads to a lack of transparency and accountability.
“Listed companies are in effect owned by nobody, because everybody does. The result is a lack of responsibility.”
Martin Rich, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Future Fit
Wellbeing Businesses recognise the importance of transparency and disclose data about environmental, social, and economic performance to all employees and the public in a way that is easy to retrieve and understand, across the entire supply chain or footprint of the organisation.
2. Internalise externalities 🤓
A “negative externality” in business or industry is something that the business makes or produces, that negatively affects other people or the environment, and for which the business does not pay and is not reflected in the price. Wellbeing Businesses don’t ignore these “externalities” – they take responsibility for them and embrace different strategies for avoiding, reducing, or paying for harm.
Here are 10 proposals for concrete actions that tech companies like Facebook and governments can take to prevent social media platforms from damaging democracy, spreading hate, or inciting violence.
3. Evolve toward stewardship
As a business grows and occupies a new role in the market, Wellbeing businesses evolve toward a model of stewardship, so that a range of stakeholders have a say in the business decisions that affect them. Riversimple, an eco car company, demonstrates one way to do this. Their governance model includes representatives of 6 different stakeholder groups: The Environment, Customers, Communities, Staff, Investors and Commercial Partners.
Do I have a choice?
I know what you’re thinking – all of that is well and good, but what can I do about these issues around social media today?
In our own work, WEAll still has to use some social media as it helps us spread the messages of a Wellbeing Economy to global audiences. But while it may not be possible to fully step away from social media, we can start to take steps to reduce our participation in some of the harm these platforms cause (and hold them accountable to make changes!). 💪
“After careful consideration WEAll has come to the conclusion, shared by countless others, that Facebook is no longer a platform we want to engage with. We feel that to be actively present is to be complicit. Therefore, we will keep our page open – but will no longer be actively engaging with it. While we still as a team rely on WhatsApp and as an organization use Instagram – this is the first step to move away from these predatory platforms.”
WEAll message on our Facebook page
WEAll supports the #StopHateForProfit campaign, which calls for changes needed, including preventing lies in political ads, closing down groups that are associated with violence, and allowing victims of severe harassment to immediately reach a live Facebook representative for help.
Believe it or not, social media platforms like Facebook are not our only options to stay connected. 🙌
For example, if you’re looking to connect and collaborate with like minded changemakers in the movement toward a Wellbeing Economy, the WEAll Citizens platform is a great option.
With over 2200 active users daily and at least 30 new members joining each week, Citizens is a thriving space to connect and feel a sense of belonging – minus any advertisements. 😉
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In his latest piece in The Star, “Time for an end to ‘white economics’”, Yannick Beaudoin reminded us that economics is a construct that was created by people and informed by the experiences and qualities of their cultures.
With an economic system founded on ‘white’ perspectives and patriarchal principles, it’s no wonder we’re seeing glaring racial disparities as the series of crises we face – environmental, social and economic- continue to progress. The algorithm is biased.
Facebook is undergoing a similar look at their own inherent biases in their algorithms. The social media giant has been under scrutiny for developing bias in its AI that disproportionately impacts minority groups. This news started the #StopHateForProfit movement.
Since, as Yannick points out, economics is a human construct – a code or a set of algorithms we program, we have the power to re-engineer them to pursue environmental and social wellbeing as the top priority in our economy.
And the same goes for the mandate of powerful companies like Facebook. The shift has already started. Companies like Cola-Cola, Disney, McDonald’s and Starbucks have boycotted advertising on Facebook to take a stand against these issues coming to light. Under this scrutiny, Facebook’s team says they are going to update their algorithm.
Yannick makes a clear call to action:
“We must demand and contribute to ending white economics so that new, generative and inclusive well-being economies can emerge… [We must] “innovate a well-being economics based on dignity, fairness, participation and nature.”
The “Founding Fathers” need to be “Founding Communities”
If we are to redefine our economics for the benefit of all, we must include more people with different cultures and experiences into our decision-making.
Despite the many ways we are seeing how the current economic system can be actively racist and is not serving the most marginalised communities, policymakers, aren’t quite taking the necessary steps to recalibrate the economic algorithm to serve everyone – as an economy should intend to do.
Creating Economic Recovery Policies that Reduce the Racial Wealth Divide
Arriving at a non-biased economic system will take work. The IPCC report, “White Supremacy is the Pre-existing Condition” outlines how policymakers can commit to closing the racial wealth divide. It begins with understanding the underrepresented communities that have been so heavily burdened by the crises.
Rich with new data and analytics, the report gives policymakers have better grounding to tackle an outdated system and offers eight tangible solutions to ensure the Economic Recovery Reduces the Racial Wealth Divide – and how to pay for this.
Improved Racial Data Collection as Part of Emergency Investments
A Racial Equity Audit as Part of Stimulus Oversight and Policy Development
Income Support that Expands to Guaranteed Income
Emerging from Recession
Medicare for All- Universal Health Care Delinked from Employment
Expanding Inclusive Housing and Ownership
Federal Jobs Guarantee. With Living Wage
Paying for Policies using Tax Schemes:
The report outlines multiple tax schemes that can pay for a socially just recovery, including:
Upside Down Tax Subsidies and Taxing the Top (Millionaire Surtax, Financial Transaction Tax, Progressive Estate Tax, Wealth Tax, Tax Excessive CEO Pay and Shutting Down the Hidden Wealth System).
I propose that just as we’re seeing with Facebook, it’s now up to each of us to, effectively, ‘boycott’ our current economic system, in order to invest fully in the development of a new one. One that prioritises black and brown communities and our finite planet ahead of the financial profits of a few.
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