During this time of extreme uncertainty and hardship, people’s main financial concerns are likely immediate and stressful. Practitioners, however, can still support action towards financial wellbeing through meaningful connection to the financial future people want. By bringing a mindset of equity to these conversations, you can reduce anxiety and shame about money to help people feel more in control. This means shifting from an emphasis of personal responsibility to integrate how inequitable systems limit what choices are available to people.
Based on recent research with practitioners in April and May 2020, The Prosperity Agenda shares ways for organizations to deepen their financial conversations. For organizations who do not typically talk about money, they offer an accessible way to discuss money that acknowledges strengths and inequities.