Strategies for a New Economy


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What would an economy built on principles of fairness and sustainability look like?  How do we model it; where is it emerging; how do we collectively strategize to fully implement it?  These are the pressing questions of our time.


Why do we need Strategies for a New Economy?

We are at a turning point in history.  Rising temperatures are now recognized as a sign of our planet in crisis.  Inequities between rich and poor, North and South, grow ever deeper. The global economy has failed in its promise to produce and deliver basic goods in an efficient manner for an expanding population, leaving increasing numbers in abject poverty.


The environmental crisis, the equity crisis, and the crisis of distributed production all have their roots in the current economic system, with implications for our culture, for our society, and for our health and well-being. 


In response, the New Economics Institute is convening "Strategies for a New Economy," a conference June 8-10 at Bard College on the Hudson River in New York State. It will gather together what are often diverse and scattered efforts to reshape our economic system, place them under one tent, and raise the flag to announce that transitioning to a new economy will mean engaging politicians, researchers, media, educators, citizen activists, business leaders, financial experts, scientists, union workers, cultural leaders, advocates for the disenfranchised, and youth—all working together to achieve a common goal.


The three-day conference will include over 60 workshops, plenary gatherings, and participatory sessions organized around 10 theme areas (see below). "Strategies for a New Economy" will highlight best research and best practice under each theme and ultimately demonstrate that a decentralized, sustainable, cooperative economy is already taking shape.


We invite you to join the discussion and be part of the solution.


Our staff has collected a series of videos, reports, and additional materials relevant to each of the ten themes. You can view them on the individual Theme pages or see a summary list of resources on our Conference Resource Index Page. These resources include material by conference speakers, but not exclusively.  We have drawn on a variety of studies and practices in each field.


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