Most of the Forum’s work is carried out with and through our four primary organizational partners: YES! Magazine (YES!), Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), New Economy Coalition, and New Economy Working Group (NEWGroup).
Changing the framing stories of the culture
YES! Magazine is a communications organization founded in 1996 to advance powerful ideas and practical actions for building a vibrant, fair, and healthy world. Through its print publication and website, it has become an influential voice within the progressive movement with its distinctive focus on framing the emerging new economic, political, and cultural mainstream. It is an essential resource for those working for economic and social transformation. David Korten is co-founder and board chair.
Changing the rules of the game through policy advocacy
As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue “think tank,” the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over four decades: from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. Rooted in social movements, IPS public scholars turn ideas into action for peace, justice and the environment. These movements include the hundreds of peace groups that make up United for Peace and Justice, grassroots networks like Jobs with Justice and Grassroots Global Justice, and the many groups that make up the U.S. and global “climate justice” movements. They also serve as a think tank resource for the 77-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, and for progressive local elected officials. IPS public scholars run a school for activists, and produce a steady stream of books, reports, popular education materials, and resource lists. David Korten is an IPS associate fellow.
Bringing it together and reaching out to like-minded organizations
New Economy Working Group (NEWGroup) is an informal alliance formed following the financial crash in 2008 to advance a bold vision and implementing strategy for a New Economy that works for all of Earth’s people and the living systems on which their well-being depends. The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in DC serves as the secretariat. The other members are YES! Magazine, the Democracy Collaborative, the New Economics Institute, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and Gus Speth. David Korten is co-founder and co-chair with IPS Executive Director John Cavanagh.
New Economy Coalition
Creating from the bottom up a new reality that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet
New Economy Coalition puts evolutionary ideas into practice by bringing together people who understand the system is broken and must be replaced with like-minded organizations and leaders to build a movement that propels America toward a New Economy.
Rooting power in local communities through the democratization of ownership.
The Democracy Collaborative supports community wealth building projects through research, training, policy development, and community-focused work designed to promote an an economic paradigm based on the democratization of ownership.