New Economy Transitions: JOBS and LIVELIHOODS

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by Noel Ortega

Type: Video [title]
Published July, 2011
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Jobs and Livelihoods through the Transition to a New Economy

The goal for this discussion session is to kick-off an ongoing conversation about new strategies to create good jobs and meaningful livelihoods as we transition from the old Wall Street economy to a new green Main Street economy.

The discussion will get into three key, interrelated issues:

  1. mythbusting: busting the key myths about job creation in the current debate;
  2. laying out where jobs and livelihoods could be created by government action at the local, state, and national level; and
  3. exploring new strategies to create jobs and livelihoods that don't require new government money, such as the creation of state banks.


New Economy Transition Monthly Discussion Background

This is an exciting time for those of us who are committed to systemic economic transformation, as more and more people recognize that we cannot address the interrelated problems of environmental depredation, social justice and community health without changing the drivers of our political economy. New Economy Network (NEN) is an ecumenical organizing platform for individuals and organizations working on systemic economic change. New Economy Working Group (NEWGroup) is advocating a holistic vision and agenda for economic transformation.

The goal of the New Economy Transitions (NET) monthly discussion is to help identify and prioritize specific policy changes that will accelerate the transition to a political economic system, where ecological thresholds and boundaries are fully respected; social justice and equity are realized; and human solidarity, democracy, and peace are prized.

The NET members have meet monthly in Washington DC since 2011. NET consist of a core group of 20-30 policy experts from key constituencies. NET gathers leaders who have strong connections to their own communities, insight and experience with the political process, and who understand the need for long term systemic transformation of our economic and political life. We have identified key leaders of the new economy, and believe their participation in NET will be essential.

The transformation to a just and sustaining political economy will require a linked, mutually reinforcing set of transitions in dominant features of today’s world – new economy transitions. We invite you to join us in thinking together about the sequencing and political feasibility of these linked transitions. We all recognize that we need multiple strategies that move this broad agenda forward on different levels, but we have much to discuss. How can we work together? What are our common agendas? Where are the leverage-points that can advance these agendas? How can we identify short-term campaigns that will increase our power and capacity for long-term systemic change? We hope you will help us refine the new economy agenda and discover ways to work together on short-term campaigns that support the longer-term infrastructure and capacities necessary for systemic change.

NET members determine the specific agendas for the subsequent discussion sessions. The agenda of the first discussion was to have a moderated conversation between two of the leading thinkers on transitioning from the old economy to a new economy, David Korten and Gus Speth. They shared their thinking on the agenda for a new economy and the key transitions required to achieve it. We will ask you to share your own respective agendas, discuss how they relate to key transition points identified by David Korten and Gus Speth, and help us plan a series of focused conversations on these key transitions.