New Economy Programme

The New Economy Programme is Stir to Action’s democratic learning and action platform, both a national and online training programme, offering a wide range of courses on engagement and participation, social communications, media and journalism, democratic business, placemaking, creativity, and autonomy at work.

The programme ran from 2018 in various cities across the country. During the pandemic NEP became an online programme with over 1000 participants joining training sessions. The programme is not currently active, while Stir to Action focusses on other projects, though may reactivate again with the right project partners. Below are some examples of the workshops we ran.

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Media & Journalism

Community Ownership

Autonomy at Work

Engagement & Participation

Social Communication


Democratic Business



Farming the Future partnered with Stir to Action to offer 10 free training places on the 2022 New Economy Programme. Farming the Future aspires to facilitate the power of the collective to build a system of regenerative food production and land use that furthers social and environmental justice. A key aim for Farming the Future is to raise the standard of equity in the food and farming movement.
Preston City Council sponsored 20 free training places for Preston City Council residents on this the 2022 New Economy Programme’s Community Ownership and Democratic Business webinars. In its new strategy Community Wealth Building 2.0 Leading Resilience and Recovery in Preston the Council commits its support for a more diverse, inclusive and economically democratic business community in Preston. Experience demonstrates that opportunities to develop initial ideas for a community business or a worker owned enterprise are key to the process of cooperative development.
Power to Change partnered with Stir to Action to offer 80 free training places on the 2021/2022 New Economy Programme, a learning and action platform to support community business. Power to Change aspires to diversify our reach, particularly with people from communities experiencing inequity.

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Delivered via Zoom video conferencing software. Limited Capacity – Book your space and receive sign-up details.

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