What is New Consensus?
New Consensus is a think tank that works on plans to directly tackle the largest problems facing humanity. We aim to solve problems like climate change, economic stagnation, racial and rural wealth gaps, and more by proposing solutions modeled after mass economic mobilizations of the past. To do this, we draw on successful examples from not only America's own history, but also advanced economies around the world,
Our guiding principle at New Consensus is that it is possible to create the best world we can conceive of. A world where everyone can live free, prosperous lives. Humanity has everything it needs to build that world in a single generation: billions of creative, hard working people, technology that already can allow us to make a comfortable living safely and sustainably, and unlimited energy from the sun that we can now harness to power that technology.
The obstacles to getting there are political, not technical. Many special interests fight to keep change and progress from being actualized, and our political leadership tend to be beholden to those interests. An equally-powerful blocker is the reigning consensus, or “the Washington Consensus," that drives the dominant thinking in economics, government, technology, labor and business. Over a period when multiple existential threats to life as we know it have emerged into plain view, the Washington Consensus has proven woefully inadequate to face the challenges in front of us and has convinced our political leaders that their role should be on the sidelines.
The faults with the Washington Consensus have become apparent, however, as problems like COVID-19 and climate change have gone unanswered in America. A new consensus is rising that isn't afraid to think as big as the problems we face. It is driven by a new generation of thinkers and leaders who recognize that governments and other public institutions have played a critical role every time a national economy has renewed and reinvented itself—not only by setting rules, but also by setting goals; not only by building infrastructure, but also by investing in new industries; not only by protecting rights, but also by materially correcting historic injustices.
New consensus thinkers are exploring how government and other public institutions can lead the transition to a green economy, close wealth and income gaps between groups, spearhead innovation and research, kick-start new high wage industries, and more.
Our goal at New Consensus is to foster this network of academics, creators, activists, leaders and entrepreneurs and make the new consensus the standard operating system for national economies around the world.
Check out the our reading listto learn about some of the voices of the new consensus.
The elections of 2016 showed that the American people see the possibility for real change. In order to make that change a reality, New Consensus was formed as a team of experienced organizers and policy wonks. We turn progressive ideas into policy, working at three key stages to:
- Develop in-depth policy proposals and plans (like the Green New Deal) to support economic development and transformation;
- Organize a broad coalition of climate experts, economists, business leaders, union and labor leaders, policy leaders, and other experts around an emerging new consensus in support of economic development and transformation; and
- Produce educational material to popularize and build broad public and political support for this new consensus.
Demond Drummer is co-founder and executive director of New Consensus. He is an organizer and civic innovator whose grassroots work in Chicago has been recognized by the Obama White House, Code for America and the Aspen Institute.
Saikat Chakrabarti is the President of New Consensus. Previously, he was a founding engineer at Stripe, co-founded Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, and was the campaign manager and then Chief of Staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez where he led the effort to draft the Green New Deal.
Zack Exley is a co-founder and senior advisor of New Consensus, where he focuses on strategy, recruiting, and fundraising. Zack has been a pioneer in the worlds of political campaigning, organizing, and fundraising for more than 20 years.
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