For more than three decades, the New Economics Foundation's (NEF) mission has been to transform the economy so it works for people and the planet.
We celebrate – and help to enable – the new economy springing up from below. But we also know that it needs support from above, including a state that prioritises people’s wellbeing and a healthy planet. So we work with people igniting change from below and we combine this with rigorous research to fight for change at the top.
Our work with communities making change on the ground tells us it is not enough to hand down policy solutions from above. We aim to democratise the process of policy making itself – through popular education, participation and organising. The policy solutions we develop are shaped by the lived experience of those on the sharp end of the old economy.
Working with other organisations, NEF aims to create a new economy that works for people and within environmental limits.
The new economy must be built from the ground up. My Community is an essential resource for anyone trying to start a new project in their area. There are many barriers facing communities trying to do things differently. My Community can help us overcome them.