Working Groups

As part of our work to catalyze collaboration between leading New Economy organization, NEC helps coordinate several member-led Working Groups. These Include:

Communications: The communications working group is a community of practice for those working on communications and digital organizing. This group creates space for communications leaders at NEC member organizations to share resources and experiences, generate ideas and projects, build relationships, and recieve training.

Community Organizing and Economic Development: This working group aims to close the gaps that often exist between efforts to build community power and efforts to build community-sustaining economic institutions. The group is made up of community organizing groups that want to better advance economic self-determination and New Economy enterprise-builders who want to better integrate their work into the broader social movement landscape.

Local Hubs: This group serves as a community of practice for organizations working to build local New Economy ecosystems in cities and regions throughout the US and Canada.

Mentorship and Peer Support: This group is working to support leadership development within our network including a "buddy system" for new NEC members, peer circles, and access to 1:1 mentorship opportunities.

Metanarrative: This group is working in close partnership with the Center for Story-Based Strategy to build alignment around a New Economy story that reaches beyond the choir. Together, this group engages in trainings, materials creation, communications experiments, and joint communications campaigns.

Network and Resource Mapping: This group is working to make it easier for NEC members and the general public to find the people, organizations, and resources, that can help them build the New Economy.

Policy: The policy working group works to address public policy-related needs within NEC's membership, to provide trainings and resources, and to develop public policy goals for the network.

Popular Education: This group works with popular educators to share and improve tools that help people to develop their understanding of the problems with the current system and how they can transform it.

Rural Electric Co-op Organizing: ~40 million Americans are member-owners of rural electric co-ops. This group supports leaders who are trying to harness that power for people and the planet.

Self-Care and Centering Wellness: This group aims to build a healthier organizing culture in the New Economy movement, helping folks to center their own self-care and address trauma.

Tech Democracy: This working group of radical techies is committed to making sure that technology, in all its forms, is used to bring our people closer to liberation. It functions as a forum for member organizations helping to bring about an understanding that all humans have the right to access technologies that can help people develop to their full capacity and bring us back into ecological balance with our world.

Value Chains: How can we know, own, participate in the means of production throughout the economic cycle -- from production to distribution to use to disposal and back? This group aims to act as both a study group to learn more about developing value chains, and a working group to help NEC members direct more of our spending toward each other and our allies in the New Economy Movement.

To learn more about NEC's working groups or having your organization become an NEC member please contact membership [at]