New Economy Week — October 12-18, 2013
It’s becoming clearer every day that something is wrong in America. We see symptoms of a deeper problem through our own experiences with growing inequality, chronic unemployment, financial instability, undemocratic consolidations of power, environmental crisis, and the declining wellbeing of communities, families, and individuals. Many of us have come to the realization that our economy is out of control; undermining many of those things we hold most dear. For some this leads to despair or resignation, for others it inspires activism, and for increasingly more Americans it leads to a desire and a commitment to innovate and build something that works better for the people, planet, and places we love.
New Economy Week is a celebration of this innovative spirit, an opportunity to shine a light on the thousands upon thousands of things that everyday people are doing right now to build a new kind of economy. These innovators are all around us engaged in the work of growing co-operative and independent enterprises, democratizing and stabilizing finance through credit unions, finding new ways to share skills and goods, new ways to measure success, and new ways to meet growing human needs on an all too finite planet.
From October 12-18, we will be highlighting events, actions, reports, works of art, and other projects across the United States and Canada. By calling attention to the thousands of things people are doing right now to build a new kind of economy, we hope to inspire more participation in this movement and catalyze a conversation on the need for deep, systemic change.
We invite you to take part in this celebration, to convene your friends and your community, and to explore how you could be a part of building real alternatives in the midst of the place you live.
If you're already organizing something that seems like a good fit for New Economy Week, add it to the map!
If you're looking for ideas about what to do in your community, visit our get involved page!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I submitted an event but it hasn’t showed up on the map yet. What gives?
A: The staff at the New Economy Coalition has to approve each of the submissions individually before it goes on the map. If you haven’t heard anything from us chances are we just haven’t had a chance to look at your submission yet. If we don’t believe your submission is appropriate for this map we’ll let you know.
Q: What are you’re criteria for including an event?
A: We’re looking for events that are about showing off work that’s being done to build a more just and sustainable economy or events that are about starting a conversation about the New Economy within the communities that you’re a part of. We are not promoting events that aren’t open to the public or that don’t mesh with the vision of our coalition members.
Q: I’m holding an event that’s really awesome but it isn’t in the US, can I submit it for New Economy Week?
The New Economy Coalition is made up of organizations from the US and Canada. We’d also be comfortable including events that were in Mexico or the Caribbean but anything outside of North America doesn’t really belong on this map. There are many great organizations building New Economy networks on other continents and we’d be happy to point you in their direction.
Q: I’m holding a really great event but it isn’t during New Economy Week. Can I still submit it?
A: We recognize that there is lots of great stuff going on outside of these dates that could really use more attention. That said, it sort of defeats the point of having a week of celebration to include things are way in advance or way after. We’re willing to post events that fall fewer than three days to either side of New Economy Week.
If you have a question that's not on this list, feel free to contact us anytime!