Last week, I attended a United for a Fair Economy “Training of the Trainers” workshop in Baltimore. In one of my favorite activities, we participants brainstormed a list of the values, images, and ideas that we envision for a just economy. We were then asked to come up with new “frames” that capture the collective vision.
A “frame” is similar to a sound byte in that it is catchy and concise, but it is also much deeper. Frames aim to be thought-provoking and symbolic of the larger movement. They are linguistic tools that capture the essence of a vision and can fit onto a bumper sticker. Some examples of current frames include “the undeserving poor,” “taxed enough already,” and “welfare queens.”
So, together, we started a list of new frames for economic justice. Here are a few I can remember:
- Free People Require a Fair Economy
- Patriotic Wealth
- The Undeserving Rich
- Everyone Does Better When Everyone Does Better (from a bumper sticker we saw in the parking lot)
- We’re All In This Together
What about you? Share your frames by posting your ideas in a comment!