Center for New York City Affairs
The Center for New York City Affairs is an applied policy research institute that drives social and economic policy reform. Providing analysis and solutions, the Center focuses on how public policy impacts low-income communities, and strives for a more just and equitable city. Areas of expertise include poverty, child welfare, child care, mental health, income and employment, fiscal policy, education, and criminal justice reform. Major projects include InsideSchools, Child Welfare Watch, Feet in 2 Worlds, and the Institute for Transformative Mentoring. The Center’s professional staff collaborate with students and faculty on original research and policy proposals.
Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative supports early-stage entrepreneurial leaders in developing the mindsets, skills, and sense of purpose needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at The New School envisions a world that works for us all, in which individuals from diverse backgrounds can do well by doing good, using their talents to help shape a more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable economy. The Initiative aims to catalyze the creation of an inclusive economy by making entrepreneurship education, resources, and networks more accessible to New School students from diverse backgrounds at different stages of the entrepreneurial journey. The Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative includes a Venture Lab, a Graduate Fellowship, and a Graduate Minor.
The New School Collaboratory
The New School Collaboratory, supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, is an action research project and university-wide community of practice designed to enhance the university's efforts to foster meaningful, efficacious, and sustainable engagements with communities and external partners. The New School Collaboratory website, the online component of this initiative, provides a space for students, faculty, and external partner organizations to discover and learn about how we approach socially engaged learning and public scholarship at The New School; showcase diverse representations of socially engaged projects, pedagogies, approaches, research, and resources across The New School; and connect and collaborate across the university and with external stakeholders.
Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy
Where, when, and how work is done is changing. Advances in artificial intelligence, automation, and data processing continue to shift responsibilities from workers to digital systems. These disruptions are often unpredictable and still unfolding. To navigate these challenges, we need research that imagines, builds, and explores new visions of a fairer future of work. One starting point is the platform co-op model, which carries the cooperative principles into the digital economy. Platform cooperativism addresses the root causes of systemic inequality and presents a near-term solution for the problems plaguing our economy and democracy.
The Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy is committed to realizing new visions for a fairer future of work grounded in relevant research, driven by imaginative proposals. Initial research questions focus on distributed governance, scaling, marketing, and start-up funding. The Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy makes this knowledge accessible to diverse audiences in innovative formats. Through this research, the Institute builds a body of knowledge that advances platform ownership and democratic governance for workers and Internet users alike. The Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy is the research arm of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium.
Tishman Environment and Design Center
The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School fosters the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities. It addresses the increasingly urgent need to integrate design and environment to confront climate change and its social impacts. At the Tishman Center, sustainability is truly cross-disciplinary, incorporating and collaborative space that brings together stakeholders from a variety of disciplines, schools, and populations.
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