Thank you for your interest in joining the New Economy Coalition!
NEC is a network of organizations imagining and building a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. Together, we are creating deep change in our economy and politics—placing power in the hands of people and uprooting legacies of harm—so that a fundamentally new system can take root.
First and foremost, we ask all prospective members to review our mission and values. These are the general principles that unite all organizations in our network. Agreeing in principle to these documents is the intial criteria for NEC membership.
The following are some of our membership policies. If you meet these criteria and are interested in learning more about joining NEC, please contact us here.
NEC MEMBERSHIP POLICIES
Criteria for Membership
Coalition membership is open to established organizations operating in the US and Canada who identify with our mission and vision statement and points of unity, are willing to adhere to membership policies, and consent to be publically listed as NEC members.
Geographical exceptions may be made in some instances. Our focus on the US and Canada is informed by our own position and capacity as convenors as well as a recognition of the unique role that these countries play in the global economy.
Membership is not currently open to individuals, sole proprietorships, municipalities, or informal organizations.
Rights and Responsibilities of Membership
Each member organization is entitled to one vote in our annual board election.
Each member organization is welcome to participate in any open working groups such as the communications working group as well as to propose new working groups. In some instances NEC may chose to convene invitational gatherings of members as needed.
NEC membership is made available free of charge.
Endorsements and Positions
The word “coalition” can be used in a number of different ways. For many activists the term connotes a “community of purpose” that rallies around a specific issue or campaign and may cease to exist when that issue is addressed. These types of coalitions can be enormously effective. However, this is not how NEC understands itself. We see our jobs as helping to build a long-term “community of practice,” a network where New Economy activists can find one another, learn from one another, and participate in different kinds of movement-building.
As such, we make it a practice to avoid speaking on behalf of our members or taking official positions on specific policy issues. If a member is organizing a campaign and wants to put together a list of endorsing organizations we are always happy to create opportunities for them to educate and enlist fellow NEC members. However, we are unlikely to take an official organizational stance on a policy issue and we will never claim to take any policy stance on behalf of our membership. This does not mean that we are unwilling to take a principled stand. In the past NEC has actively endorsed mobilizations such as the People’s Climate March and #BlackLivesMatter movement that has grown out of Florida, Ferguson, and New York City.
Denial or Termination of Membership
While we strive to maintain open doors toward all organizations that share a commitment to the New Economy, decisions on membership rest with the executive leadership of NEC. As a convening organization, we reserve the right to deny or cancel membership at our discretion. Reasons for termination of membership may include inactivity and unresponsiveness, failure to live up to the responsibilities of membership, or behavior that acts in strong opposition to our stated mission and points of unity. Organizations may submit a letter of appeal to the NEC board of directors who can choose to review whether a denial or termination of membership should be overturned. Member organizations, of course, retain the right to voluntarily end their membership at any time.