We live in a society defined by markets systems, systems that facilitate the exchange of goods and services across distance and many boundaries through constructions of legitimacy and trust. Humans have created currency exchange, for the supply of goods, patterns of finance and capital, and all the laws that define corporate forms. Once we understand that markets and market systems are social and cultural constructions, they can be modified. Because our society created our market systems, we can change them.
Criterion has shaped markets in specific issues like health care and fisheries, changed the conversation by inviting new people to the table, and equipped new leaders with the understanding and ability to create lasting change to market systems. A few significant initiatives that highlight our work in shaping markets include: