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Income inequality in a community can reduce the opportunities of residents and negatively impact their social, economic, and ecological environment.

Sustainability Story

The Dane County TimeBank (DCTB), established in 2005, is a network of over 2500 individuals and organizations who exchange services and skills to build community, build capacity, and come together to help each other to build a better world. In timebanking, everyone's contribution is valued equally - one hour equals one hour - and services exchanged help to fill resource gaps in the community. Anyone can join the TimeBank to offer skill or services - and receive services in exchange.

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What can you do?

The Equality Trust provides some quick definitions of economic inequality and how it is measured. This Ted Talk article discusses why economic inequality is bad for society. This last article provides ten ways we can start to reduce this problem.

Watch this 17-minute Ted Talk by Richard Wilkinson about how income inequality harms society. This 6-minute video visualizes wealthy inequality in America and how it is distributed among the population.

The Just Dining Guide rates Madison area restaurants based on the wages, benefits, and working conditions of the employees. The next time you go out to eat, try and support businesses that support their employees. A strong and fair service industry provides many benefits to the community! You can do the same thing when choosing where to shop, try and support businesses that pay living wages over ones that do not.

Do you feel like your community suffers from income equality? Contact your local representative to see what they are doing or can do to improve this. Unsure of how to contact your representatives? Visit the question "Does the government hear your voice?" to find out the best ways to make your voice heard. has a great list of organizations and advocacy groups that are working nationwide to help reduce economic inequality.

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