University of Chicago economist Gary Becker won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1992, in part for his remarkable insights into the economics of the family. Becker showed how families are small production units in which family members engage in trading services, for mutual gain*. 
   
But if families are production units, they can also be innovative units. 

In your family, at the dinner table, raise these questions:

• What changes could we make, in the way our family organizes its life, that would make things better for everyone?
• What is the one thing that most bothers each family member, about how the family is organized and operated?
• What are the core competencies of each family member, and how can these be better utilized for the benefit and gain of all?
• What new things can be done, as a family, that will enrich our lives?
• How can our family share its many blessings, with other people, in ways that enrich the family’s life as well as the lives of others?

A family, someone once said, is the ‘we’ of me. If there is creativity in ‘me’, why not spread it to ‘we’? And indeed, is Tolstoy right, that ‘happy families are all alike’**? Or are happy families all different, because they find unique innovative ways to enrich their lives and broaden their horizons? 

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*Gary Becker. The Economic Approach to Human Behavior. Paperback: 320 pages. University Of Chicago Press (September 15, 1978.
**Anna Karenina.

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