Movement Voices

Movement Voices is for NEC member leaders looking to step into their leadership as a spokesperson and public figure for their organization and the new economy movement. Meet the 2018 Fellows!

As part of year two of NEC’s New Economies Reporting Project, we are excited to announce the latest evolution of the program: our 2018 Movement Voices Fellowship for 5-10 NEC member leaders looking to develop their expertise as media spokespeople.

The purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of new economy leaders who are prepared to effectively communicate with media, and (over time) to build network infrastructure that can get those spokespeople featured regularly in mainstream outlets.

Over the course of the year, NEC staff and lead trainer Laura Flanders will work closely with a cohort of 5-10 individuals from NEC member groups. Fellows will participate in two in-person trainings led by Laura, including one on 6/22 at CommonBound in St. Louis, in addition to regular virtual check-ins designed to support their continued leadership. Along the way, NEC staff will work with fellows on their individualized goals, helping to get them placed in media whenever possible.

Trainings will be hands-on, challenging, and designed with the specific fellows in mind. Taking place with a professional interviewer, in front of a camera, they will give participants an in-depth, firsthand look at what it takes to represent themselves and their work to modern media. Topics include: pitching and dealing with TV bookers; framing and fine-tuning message; real-time role-play and how to promote your appearance in social media and elsewhere afterwards.

Introducing the 2018 Movement Voices Fellows

Adrien Salazar, Demos
Anh-Thu Nguyen, Democracy at Work Institute
Francisco Perez, Center for Popular Economics
Hnin Hnin, Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED)
Iimay Ho, Resource Generation 
India Walton, Cooperation Buffalo, Fruit Belt Community Land Trust
Juleon Robinson, New Economy Project
Nia K. Evans, Boston Ujima Project
Rebecca Kemble, City of Madison Alderperson, Union Cab Cooperative
Tim Lampkin, Higher Purpose Co.

Congratulations to this incredible cohort of new economy leaders! You can learn more about them and read their full bios here.

The program kicked off in June at CommonBound, where fellows participated in a one-day intensive media training with Laura Flanders. Taking place with a professional interviewer, in front of a camera, the training gave participants an in-depth, firsthand look at what it takes to represent themselves and their work to modern media. The day culminated in a press conference with journalists from NEC’s Climate Solutions reporting fellowship. It was a beautiful experience that enabled the Movement Voices fellows to put their new skills to the test.

Over the course of the next few months, NEC staff and lead trainer Laura Flanders will continue work closely with the fellows to support their development as media communicators. The fellows will participate in a second in-person training later this fall, as well as multiple virtual check-ins with NEC throughout the year. Along the way, NEC staff will work with fellows on their individualized goals, helping to support them however we can.

This is the pilot year of the Movement Voices program and we couldn’t be more excited to work with this powerful group of fellows. Thank you to the New Visions Foundation, the Park Foundation, and all of NEC’s donors and supporters for making it possible!