Mission

Sustainable Equitable Economic Democracy New Mexico (SEED NM) works to build an equitable and sustainable economy benefiting all New Mexicans.

We aim to center the needs and voices of sustainability-concerned businesses, organizations and individuals, with a focus on populations underrepresented in economic development discourse including Main Street business owners, immigrants, women, and people of color. 

SEED NM seeks to explore and advance effective business models that reflect community values, elevate the needs of workers (including employees and freelancers/gig workers), and create a more sustainable, democratic and equitable economy. We believe that a sustainable economy supports community wealth, human wellbeing, environmental protection, and social justice.

SEED NM builds upon the work of other groups pursuing sustainable business goals such as the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), which informs business owners, policymakers and the public about the need and opportunities for building an inclusive, vibrant, broadly prosperous, sustainable economy and advocates for policy change. We aim to affiliate with similar groups to build collective power.

Objectives

SEED NM aims to:

  • Develop and share educational resources on what sustainable economic development is, including intersectional issues such as climate change, housing affordability, rural economic development, immigrant entrepreneurship, equitable access to capital, cooperative ownership, democratic governance, and more. 
  • Lead educational campaigns related to sustainable economic development.
  • Foster community among entrepreneurs, the business community and individuals who care about sustainability, equity and regenerative practices.
  • Educate entrepreneurs and the public about civic engagement and how to participate effectively in the democratic process.
  • Amplify the voices, needs and concerns of sustainability-minded small- and medium-sized businesses and their community networks.
  • Share information and resources about equitable, inclusive, scale-appropriate access to capital, both public and private, with a focus on serving community-focused businesses. 
  • Help evolve the definitions of prosperity, democracy, inclusivity, equity and sustainability, in the context of economic development.
  • Develop relationships with community-based organizations and policymakers who are aligned  with these values.

Values & Principles

As a values-driven organization, SEED NM will work to advance a common language and definitions for our key values and principles. We recognize many of these terms are used loosely, and that clarifying what we mean by certain terms and phrases will help advance our work towards a sustainable economy, defined below.

  • Community economic development: An approach to building an economy that prioritizes community values, sustainability, inclusivity and equity. 
  • Community-based: A business that values its community foundations and is committed to its relationships with its local community.
  • Economic democracy: An economic system that includes workers, customers, suppliers, neighbors and communities in economic and business decision-making.
  • Inclusivity and equity: Best practices to maximize access to opportunities and resources for people and communities who have historically been excluded, marginalized and/or disempowered. 
  • Language access: An essential facet of inclusivity and equity in New Mexico.
  • Prosperity: A condition of flourishing or well-being in terms extending beyond financial metrics, including socio-cultural and health measures.
  • Responsible business: A business that is accountable to, and recognizes its connections with, its community and its workers. A business that observes responsible, ethical business practices. 
  • Sustainable economy: An economy that shares prosperity broadly and equitably, protects our natural resources, and encourages human flourishing within ecological limits.