Institute Merging with New Economy Network
Organizations join together to form New Economy Coalition
Last June, nearly 500 people from across the country came together at our Strategies for a New Economy Conference to discuss the next steps for building a just and sustainable economy. It was an historic event. Never before had so many different individuals and organizations united under the common banner of the New Economy movement.
We joined together last June to share our vision and demonstrate our potential for collective power. It was just one weekend, but clearly a sign of things to come.
Today, we are thrilled to announce a development that will move that vision forward. In the spirit of innovation and democratic collaboration, the New Economics Institute is merging with the New Economy Network. As organizations with similar goals, strategies, and stakeholders, we have realized that we can be much stronger if we work together. By combining our efforts, we will not only strengthen existing initiatives, but also create a foundation to build power across sectors for greater political and economic impact.
Together, we will form the New Economy Coalition, an organization committed to building a nation-wide, grassroots movement for a just and sustainable economy. We firmly believe this is the next step for building a New Economy movement – and we invite you to join us.
The New Economy Coalition will hold the same values as the New Economics Institute. Our mission will be focused on building the power necessary to bring the New Economy into being. The ideals that brought us all together last June will be the force that drives us forward. Once the transition is complete, we will invite the involvement of stakeholders from both groups to help shape the direction of this new organization.
The New Economy Coalition will remain committed to promoting a New Economy that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet. In addition, we will be spinning off a new organization in Great Barrington under the leadership of Susan Witt—in order for the local work in the Berkshires to continue to flourish, Stay tuned for more details about that transition in the weeks ahead!
In the meantime, our work continues. Soon we will be awarding eight grants to student groups on colleges and universities across North America as part of our Campus Network Program. These students are already busy building new economic possibilities on their campuses and in their communities, and we are thrilled to be working with them. Their efforts will culminate in a New Economy Coalition national convergence this summer, drawing together students, solidarity economy groups and New Economy leaders.
Thank you for all you have done to build the New Economics Institute and the New Economy Network, and to advance the vision for an economic system that puts people and the planet before profit. If you have any questions at all about these changes, or you would like to be more directly involved in shaping the Coalition, please don’t hesitate to contact me. We are excited about this new direction and look forward to working with you as a Coalition member.
With great hope for 2013,
New Economics Institute