What We Do
As an organization, NEN serves as a clearinghouse, coordinator, capacity builder and catalyst of its members’ efforts. NEN is not intended to replace or duplicate the work of its members. By bringing together a community of practitioners and thought leaders who are researching, creating, and implementing equitable and sustainable economic alternatives, NEN can facilitate the following types of activities (this is an open and evolving list):
- Bringing coordination and integration to our fields
- Generating a positive vision and coherent steps for advancing transformative systemic change
- Developing action agendas for accelerating public policy, investment and incentives that support systemic solutions
- Building the capacity to implement such agendas
- Bringing additional strength and resources to existing undertakings
- Launching new initiatives in needed areas
- Increasing the visibility and impact of existing new economy practices and institutions
- Encouraging new thinkers and doers to work in this area
- Establishing stronger links between different niches of the field, such as advocates and academics
- Engaging greater involvement of young people
- Building broad public understanding of the need for transformative economic change and cultivating support for such change
- Publishing a monthly newsletter
Current NEN Working Groups
NEN working groups are member-driven entities that cross a wide range of issues and sectors related to the new economy.
Scope of Engagement
NEN was launched at the September 9-10, 2009 New Economy Leadership Roundtable in Washington DC, and most of its founding members are based in North America. The issues that NEN members are concerned with range from local to global in scope, therefore, the geographic scope of NEN activities will be defined by members and by the Working Groups they choose to create.
NEN is a strictly non-partisan effort, and no work on electoral campaigns will be conducted by the Network.
The Network can be used by its members as a platform for defining issues, identifying partners and exploring collaboration around public policy and public policy advocacy. However, the Network itself will not engage in advocacy that is not supported by broad membership consensus.