Our work in 2014 earned us a Think Tank of the Year award in the U.S. social policy category, from the London-based Prospect magazine, which called New America’s work “ambitious” and “wide-reaching.” It also credited us with becoming “more and more visible on the international stage.”
New America’s Open Technology Institute played a central role in engineering the surprise victory of Net Neutrality. OTI logged more visits to educate the Federal Communications Commission than any other public interest group. The FCC’s Open Internet order captured every key recommendation and cited OTI 19 times.
Our Early Education Initiative helped shape Congress’s No Child Left Behind rewrite, with lawmakers embracing proposals such as allowing charter schools to use federal funds for pre-K programs.
New America fellow Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living was a 2014 National Book Award Finalist. Along with New America fellow Dana Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars, it was listed among The New York Times’s 100 notable books of 2014. New America fellows Brigid Schulte’s Overwhelmed and Chris Leonard’s The Meat Racket were selected by The Washington Post as notable nonfiction books of 2014.
New America created a new database to track and highlight the humanitarian potential of drone use. From contributing to the international response to the 2014 earthquake in Nepal to the U.N.’s use of drones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect civilians, to mapmaking flights by Peruvian archaeologists, our database reveals new ways of harnessing UAV technologies.
TedX published New America Early Education Initiative Director Lisa Guernsey’s TedX Talk on “How the iPad affects young children, and what we can do about it.” The YouTube video has attracted thousands of views to date.
In the wake of events in Ferguson and New York, New America and Howard University launched #Moment2Movement, a national conversation and event series aimed at advancing big ideas to make government policies more just and equal.
Our inaugural Future of War Conference, brought together a diverse collection of experts to discuss how warfare is changing. Twenty-two national media outlets sent reporters to cover the event and CNN live-streamed panels on both days.
Read our full 2014 Annual Report to find out more about what we're doing at New America.