1 Accessible economics educations and training
Our adult training, courses and workshops help to improve confidence and understanding around economics, empowering people and communities to engage in decisions that affect their lives. We work with grassroot groups, charities, campaigners, unions and decision makers across the UK, running workshops for their communities.
Participants come away with knowledge of economics and confidence in how to apply that knowledge to their daily lives, communities and work to create social change. By creating a generation of “citizen economists”, our sessions build individuals and communities a voice to begin to take ownership over the economic decisions that affect them.
2 Equipping the next generation
We work with young people in schools and youth organisations to help empower the next generation to navigate a time of profound economic change. Young people feel deeply worried about their economic future, and powerless to change it, with a distrust that their voices are heard. Yet, the young people we work with are hungry for the opportunity to understand how the economy affects them; they describe it as a rite of passage into the adult world.
In schools, we are the only provider of multi-session extracurricular interventions to provide access to economic literacy as an essential part of citizenship education (and distinct from financial capability). We also run one-off workshops and work with youth organisations serving 16-25s.
3 Delivering public interest economic news
Four out of five people say the economy is relevant to their everyday lives (recognising that it impacts on everything from our job to our homes and political governance), but currently only one in ten think that the media and politicians speak about it in a way that is accessible and understandable.
We run our own news and entertainment platform (ecnmy.org) that takes a public interest approach and is modelling a new way to report on economic news. We are directly delivering demystified economic news at ecnmy.org and through our weekly ‘What Just Happened’ newsletter. We are working with community co-producers to uncover fresh stories about the economy that are being ignored.
4 Build the Economy Co-Produced Media Network
We are building the ‘Economy Co-Produced Media Network’, a network of media partners and community contributors committed to transforming the media ecosystem by:
- Diversifying who has a public voice on the economy;
- Developing a popular language which bridges the currently disconnected worlds of media, economics and everyday life;
- Ensuring more people have the means to hold decision makers accountable.
We are developing a framework for empowering approaches to media co-production with marginalised communities, enabling them to tell their stories and ideas for change.