Building a Network

The New Economy Coalition is a network of organizations building a future where people, community, and ecosystems thrive.

The word “coalition” can be used in a number of different ways. For NEC, it means creating a network where New Economy activists can find one another, learn from each other, and build the trust necessary to take bold, large-scale action together

The NEC network is large, collaborative, and diverse. We have nearly 200 members based in 29 states and 5 Canadian provinces. These groups at the forefront of creating new economies using strategies like cooperatives and public-ownership that give power back to communities -- groups like Cooperation Jackson, People’s Action, Participatory Budgeting Project, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Highlander Center, and many more.

In addition to periodic online and in-person gatherings like CommonBound and New Economy Week, coalition members drawn from across the US and Canada are invited to come together each year at our annual meeting, typically in the summer, to meet one another face-to-face, help shape NEC strategy for the coming year, and elect a portion of NEC’s board of directors.

The annual meeting is also a seeding ground for working groups made up of individuals from NEC member organizations. Working groups range in focus but include topics like understanding the policy landscape, supporting community organizing, and communications.

As a coalition of and by its members, NEC is committed to finding new and creative ways to help drive the work of our members forward. Coalition membership comes with an invitation to propose and convene new vehicles for ever deeper and more fruitful engagement.

For more information on coalition members, see our interactive map of organizations.