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Defund militarized police

Defund the militarization of local police and fund community needs instead

One way to defund and demilitarize police departments is to end the federal law known as Section 1033, which enables the transfer of military equipment—weapons of war—to local police departments that have used them against Black Lives Matter protesters. read more
Closed permanently due to COVID-19

How localities can save small businesses through economy preservation funds

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold in the US through the summer of 2020, evidence mounts that the pandemic has become an extinction event for small businesses. read more
Out of time

Out of Time: The case for nationalizing the fossil fuel industry

With oil prices collapsing and firms’ market values plunging, the government can once again use a policy weapon that has in the past been successful in overcoming social and economic unrest. read more
Public holding company

Public holding company

The effects of a local firm facing economic disaster can ripple destructively through a community. Public holding companies could take either partial or full ownership positions in distressed firms to prevent the economic and social dislocations associated with liquidation or collapse. read more
Solidarity economy

System Change: A basic primer to the solidarity economy

There is a great deal of confusion about both what socialism and capitalism mean. Here is a look at different systems or models of socialism, capitalism, and solidarity economy, a post-capitalist framework that emerged in Latin America and Europe in the 1990s. read more
The Future is Public

The Future is Public: Towards democratic ownership of public services

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that public services and the people who operate them are the foundation of healthy and resilient societies. A growing international movement is choosing remunicipalization as a key tool for redefining public ownership for the 21st century. read more
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Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth

Our time demands we meet the challenges inherent in an era of deepening despair and accelerating crises—political, ecological, and economic—that is also potentially the prehistory of transformative and fundamental systemic change. read more
A periodic table overlaid over a birdseye view of buildings.

Elements of the democratic economy

An entry point for all those looking to understand the various building blocks of the democratic economy currently being constructed from the ground up in communities across our nation and around the world. read more
The Next System Podcast

The Next System Podcast

The Next System Podcast features conversations with leading thinkers and activists about movements, models, and pathways toward a new system. read more
Democratic public ownership panel

Ownership Futures: Towards democratic public ownership in the 21st century

The Democracy Collaborative and Common Wealth is undertaking a 2020 project to explore the frontiers of public ownership in the 21st century, particularly in the areas of digital infrastructure, data and platforms, intellectual property, and land and natural resources. The lead researchers explain the urgent need for their work. read more
Pharmaceutical products on shelves

Medicine For All: The Case for a Public Option in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Democratic, public ownership of pharmaceutical development, production, and distribution in the U.S. is necessary to combat the increasingly harmful impacts of Big Pharma which decades of regulation have failed to counteract. read more
Signs carried by marchers reading "El Pueblo Unido" and "United for Jobs Justice and Climate"

Taking climate action to the next level

Real climate leadership means changing the system in ways that get to the root causes of climate change and other societal ills. Three groundbreaking and complementary interventions could transform the power structures that promote and enable our problematic energy and political-economic systems: quantitative easing for the planet, public ownership for energy democracy, and anchor strategies for the energy transition. read more

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Defund militarized police

Defund the militarization of local police and fund community needs instead

One way to defund and demilitarize police departments is to end the federal law known as Section 1033, which enables the transfer of military equipment—weapons of war—to local police departments that have used them against Black Lives Matter protesters. read more
Closed permanently due to COVID-19

How localities can save small businesses through economy preservation funds

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold in the US through the summer of 2020, evidence mounts that the pandemic has become an extinction event for small businesses. read more
Solidarity economy

System Change: A basic primer to the solidarity economy

There is a great deal of confusion about both what socialism and capitalism mean. Here is a look at different systems or models of socialism, capitalism, and solidarity economy, a post-capitalist framework that emerged in Latin America and Europe in the 1990s. read more
BRESCO protest

The nation’s first “fair development” zero waste plan 

In a south Baltimore neighborhood, a powerful, youth-led coalition helped spearhead the first Zero Waste Plan developed by and for U.S. grassroots communities that want to transition from an economy of extraction to one of reuse and regeneration. read more
Public holding company

Public holding company

The effects of a local firm facing economic disaster can ripple destructively through a community. Public holding companies could take either partial or full ownership positions in distressed firms to prevent the economic and social dislocations associated with liquidation or collapse. read more
Out of time

Out of Time: The case for nationalizing the fossil fuel industry

With oil prices collapsing and firms’ market values plunging, the government can once again use a policy weapon that has in the past been successful in overcoming social and economic unrest. read more

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Out of time

Out of Time: The case for nationalizing the fossil fuel industry

With oil prices collapsing and firms’ market values plunging, the government can once again use a policy weapon that has in the past been successful in overcoming social and economic unrest. read more
Democratic digital infrastructure

Democratic digital infrastructure

We need to build a digital landscape that provides world-class connection to all and is sustainable, privacy-enhancing, rights-preserving, innovative, and democratic by design. This report makes the case for democratic public ownership of the foundational digital infrastructures of the 21st century. read more
The case for public ownership of the fossil fuel industry

The case for public ownership of the fossil fuel industry

Instead of bailing out the fossil fuel industry in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the U.S. government should assert long-term ownership and control of the industry to ensure an eventual managed phase-out of coal, oil, and gas production. read more

Building community wealth globally: The Kigoma-Preston collaboration

Advancing the democratic economy in Tanzania with the help of an international politics of solidarity and co-creation. read more

A History of Nationalization in the United States: 1917-2009

The United States has a long and rich tradition of nationalizing private enterprise, especially during times of economic and social crisis. read more
radar dishes

The British Digital Cooperative: A New Model Public Sector Institution

The tech giants aren’t going to save democracy—we need public investment in digital infrastructure and innovation. read more