Our Mission and Strategy

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The mission of the New Economy Working Group is to support the articulation and popularization of a bold, coherent, holistic, compelling, and accessible vision of unrealized economic possibility. Rather than begin with what is currently politically feasible, we begin with what is necessary for a viable human future, even at the risk of being considered naive. It is a choice between accepting the future toward which we humans are currently headed or committing ourselves to making the necessary feasible. The latter choice is possible, but depends on the work of the hundreds of thousands of organizations and hundreds of millions of people all around the world that are already self-organizing to:

Change the cultural story that frames the economic debate: We humans live by the stories that define our understanding of ourselves, our world, and our individual and species possibilities. The greatest barrier to the needed change is a false story that there is no viable alternative to the economic and political systems now in place. This story is being challenged through the efforts of the many groups that are engaged in popular education and media outreach efforts that are communicating a new vision of human possibility.

Create a new economic reality by building a new economy from the bottom up: The most compelling argument for an alternative path is a practical demonstration. The voice of the people is expressed most powerfully by acting to create a new reality from the bottom up. This is the work of countless groups engaged in rebuilding values-based Main Street economies of locally owned human-scale enterprises devoted to serving the needs of people, community, and nature.

Change the rules of the game: Current public rules and policies favor Wall Street interests over Main Street interests. Rules made by humans can be changed by humans. Indeed, it is our democratic right and responsibility to assure that public law and policy secure both our individual rights and our individual and collective well-being. The clearer the vision of the world we seek, the greater the ability of the many progressive groups working on policy change to prioritize policy changes that move the system toward that vision.

Our Work as NEWGroup is to support individuals, organizations, and social movements engaged in each of these three strategic activities through our contribution to articulating and popularizing a unifying vision.