Projects

At New Consensus, we develop reports and plans for tackling the world's biggest problems. See some of our projects below.

The Emergency Playbook is the “break glass” plan for when political will catches up with the climate crisis. It is a plan for the U.S. federal government to work with business and state and local governments to comprehensively transform virtually all industry and infrastructure that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. The Playbook charts a course for a sweeping national project to create a sustainable domestic economy that provides a better quality of life for everyone while sharing and exporting our successes to speed the global transition as well.

During World War 2, America built the "arsenal of democracy" by combining the might of our market economy with guidance, coordination, problem solving, and financing from our federal government. This economic mobilization was led by two major institutions: the War Production Board and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. If Biden wishes to succeed at Building Back Better, he will need a modern-day version of these institutions to effectively direct investments into new and renewed industries that will mass-produce electric cars, wind farms, and more to build a high-tech, sustainable economy in which everyone thrives. In this plan, we detail how Congress can make that happen.

Here at New Consensus, our goal is to transform the economy to stop destroying the planet and start saving it. In this video series, we dive into the most frequently asked questions about the Green New Deal.

Joe Biden has campaigned on an ambitious plan to not just end the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic depression, but to "Build Back Better" through massive investments in industry and infrastructure. Through these trillions in investments, he aims to rebuild the auto industry to become 100% electric, upgrade factories to become clean and build new clean factories, invest in R&D and new technology, and much more. But many have worried that without a Democratic majority in the Senate, Biden may need to dial back the ambition of his plan. In this memo to the Biden transition team, we lay out exactly how he can do almost all of "Build Back Better" even without a cooperative Senate, and how there is clear precedent for doing so.

In a good future, human civilization will use the next decade for a massive mobilization to combat the intertwined crises of climate change, political and economic inequality, and social injustice: a Green New Deal. We will minimize the energy and resource extraction required for every person on the planet to flourish. HTransformations to both infrastructure and the dominant culture will blur and erase the boundary between the ‘human’ and ‘natural’ world, creating “an economy aligned with life, not stacked against it.” Building this future will require biological technology.

To tackle the novel coronavirus, we propose mobilizing our economy and the military to produce the supplies America needs. This includes everything from PPE to essential goods and services. In the meantime, we must mitigate long-term economic damage with emergency measures to support individuals and businesses to keep our economy from having a catastrophic collapse. Read our plans detailing how to do this.

The Green New Deal will be the most ambitious and transformative national project since Franklin Roosevelt’s original New Deal and World War II economic mobilizations. Through a combination of investments not only in communities and public infrastructure, but also in private industry, we can accomplish a sweeping transformation of our entire economy to build a clean, thriving society.

In 2017, New Consensus began originally as a project called Left Right Forward. Our goal was the same: present a new, positive worldview for how to intentionally tackle our biggest problems. To do that, we began by creating a set of YouTube videos trying to explain in simple terms some of the fundamentals of how an economy works and why we are facing some of the big problems we face today.

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