The economy affects everyone. It is the term we use to describe the systems humans create to facilitate the production, distribution, and consumption of the resources we need to live our lives. Housing, food, healthcare, money, jobs, education, art and culture, sports, entertainment, and the environment are all connected to the economy. Yet, research shows that people feel it is becoming harder over time to understand economics relevant to making sense of the world and for informed voting in elections. This creates a growing space for misinformation.
The Citizens Economy Dashboard puts communities at the heart of tackling this challenge. We will employ participatory methods to work with the public to re-envision the way economic data is reported in the UK. The project will hold space to challenge what data is considered ‘important’ and explore how we contextualise its relevance to people’s lives.
Economy works with people, particularly those furthest from power, to use economics to achieve what matters to them. Economy was founded in 2015 and is now the UK leader in public education and communication of economics.