The New America Foundation has long diagnosed fundamental failings in the American political process — originally the absence of ideas that don’t fit established partisan agendas, and later the political system’s failure to engage with long-term priorities. In 2014, the foundation launched a new program on political reform, directed by Mark Schmitt. This work has evolved to include work on campaign finance and electoral reform, congressional capacity; race, identity, and political realignment; civic engagement; and more. This grant will support an expansion of the Political Reform program, including continued research, journalism, convenings, and fellowships at New America.
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for Replacing Neoliberalism - Imagining New Futures and the Strategies to Create Them
New America CA is a project of New America focused on issues of racial and economic equity. Its work illuminates structural and systemic barriers to equity, seeking to reform economic opportunity and reimagine capitalism such that financial resources — from work, to income, to the public safety net — meet the needs of residents in equitable ways. Based on the belief that successful narrative change shifts power through new portrayals of people, communities, and systems, New America CA produces written content and convenes public audiences so that authentic stories, ideas, needs, and perspectives can influence broader public will and social consciousness.
for analysis and communications about federal and state college- and career-readiness policies
The New America Foundation will research, identify, and promote policies that advance deeper learning and improve student success in K-12 and higher education. Its work starts with the recognition that the Common Core standards are a critical step toward giving all students access to deeper learning. From this foundation, New America will conduct research, policy analysis, and strategic communication in three areas: (1) new measures of career readiness that ensure schools give students multiple paths to success; (2) new state and federal accountability policies that create strong incentives for implementing the Common Core at the state, local, and classroom levels; and (3) policies for strengthening the alignment between postsecondary academic standards and the Common Core. New America’s research and findings will be communicated through multiple outlets including live events, electronic and print media, and social media.
for support of the Media Policy Roundtables
Mark Lloyd of the New America Foundation will work with the Omidyar Network to support the design and implementation of a series of 4 media and policy-relevant conferences in January and March of 2012. Support will include identification of participants and support of travel arrangements, background research to support the round tables, and recommendations and synthesis of results.