New Economies Reporting Project

Aaron Tanaka of NEC member Boston Ujima Project.

2018

The climate crisis is a threat to our long-term survival as a species. Its impacts are already being felt by communities around the world everyday, disproportionately so for those who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized. From sea-level rise and intensifying weather events to large scale migration and displacement, an increasingly inhospitable world is the context in which many people are organizing for a new economy.

In the face of climate change, communities everywhere are transforming their infrastructure, their energy economies, and even their legal frameworks. Transition is inevitable and in progress, but it doesn’t necessarily mean good outcomes for the majority of people. Rather than challenge the existing logic of the economy, many so-called experts would rather focus on planetary scale geoengineering or market-based experiments.

The good news is that there are other solutions -- real solutions -- led by those on the frontlines of building an equitable and democratic future. There is a bottom-up approach to addressing climate change and it’s happening right now all across the country and the world. Although the stakes couldn’t be higher, the climate crisis should be understood not only as a threat but also an opportunity to chart a different course -- a just transition to a new economy.

This year, the New Economy Coalition’s New Economies Reporting Project is supporting reporters to communicate just transition narratives in their climate change reporting, to lift up the grassroots solutions from communities across the US, and to connect those solutions to the need and possibility for deeper systemic change.

10-15 journalists will be awarded a Climate Solutions Reporting Fellowship for 2018. All fellows will receive travel grants to attend Commonbound, the biennial conference of the New Economy Coalition in St. Louis, June 22 - 24. At the conference, fellows will meet each other and receive a full-day of training on how to report from a solutions-perspective from experts with the Solutions Journalism Network. Over the course of the year, fellows will attend monthly video briefings led by grassroots climate leaders, each focused on different topics related to the theme of climate solutions (like energy democracy, just disaster recovery, zero waste, municipalization, and more). Fellows will also receive a $1,000 stipend to honor their time in the program.

This fellowship will serve to educate reporters in cross-sector solutions-based climate reporting and to produce solutions-based stories on climate change that will empower readers looking to understand how they can make a difference in the face of the climate crisis. This project is a collaboration between the New Economy Coalition, The Media Consortium, and The Laura Flanders Show, and is generously supported by grants from the Park Foundation and New Visions Foundation.

2017

The biggest news story right now is one that is not being reported: the emergence of a New Economy that “meets human needs, enhances the quality of life and allows us to live in balance with nature.” Building on the history of solidarity economy organizing, the social venture movement, the environmental movement, and the many movements for racial and economic justice, the New Economy movement envisions a just transition to a better and stronger social, cultural and economic system.

New Economy Coalition is supporting reporters in telling that story through the New Economies Reporting Project (NERP). This project is a collaboration with The Media Consortium and The Laura Flanders Show and is supported in part by the Park Foundation.

Our New Economies Reporting Project fellows for Summer/Fall 2017 are:

Deonna Anderson, Next City
Sarah Aziza, Waging Nonviolence
Emma Eisenberg, freelancer
Ayşe Gürsöz, Indigenous Rising Media
Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo, In These Times
R. J. Lozado, Making Contact
Suzanne Pajot Porter, Public News Service
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
Cirien Saadeh, The Uptake
Mary Turck, The Uptake
Lewis Wallace, Scalawag

Read their full bios here. Below find the schedule of our inaugural program and here is a recap of the articles produced.

June 7, 2017: An Introduction to the New Economy (recording available-- nati [at] neweconomy.net (subject: I%20want%20to%20get%20the%20June%207%20Intro%20to%20New%20Economies%20recording) (inquire here))
July 27, 2017: Financing the New Economy (recording available-- nati [at] neweconomy.net (subject: I%20want%20to%20get%20the%20June%207%20Intro%20to%20New%20Economies%20recording) (inquire here))
October 5, 2017: Rebel Cities (recording available-- nati [at] neweconomy.net (subject: I%20want%20to%20get%20the%20June%207%20Intro%20to%20New%20Economies%20recording) (inquire here))
October 26, 2017: Alternatives to Disaster Capitalism (recording available-- nati [at] neweconomy.net (subject: I%20want%20to%20get%20the%20June%207%20Intro%20to%20New%20Economies%20recording) (inquire here))
November 29, 2017: Solutions to the Housing Crisis (recording available-- nati [at] neweconomy.net (subject: I%20want%20to%20get%20the%20June%207%20Intro%20to%20New%20Economies%20recording) (inquire here))
December 20, 2017: Cooperators of All Colors (recording available-- nati [at] neweconomy.net (subject: I%20want%20to%20get%20the%20June%207%20Intro%20to%20New%20Economies%20recording) (inquire here))