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Participatory budgeting: When government really is by the people

This week we are talking about deepening democracy in our communities through participatory budgeting and participatory decision making more broadly. read more
Energy democracy: Coal to wind

Energy democracy: taking back power

A comparative analysis of the ability of investor-owned and publicly owned utilities to achieve the conditions for energy democracy. read more
John Oliver on "Last Week Tonight" discusses workplace automation

What John Oliver Gets Wrong About Robots and Jobs

The darkly entertaining “Last Week Tonight” segment on workforce automation lacked a systemic critique of the power dynamics of automation and the environmental costs of relentless growth. read more

From private profit to public alternatives

Public ownership is gaining ground against privatization—here’s why neoliberalism’s narrative is falling apart and why the people are taking back the economy. read more
Our Children's Trust lawsuit plaintiffs from Washington state

Our “fighting chance” against climate change

In this Yes! magazine interview, the Next System Project co-chair and senior fellow talks about his role in a lawsuit filed by a group of young people against the U.S. government for its inaction on climate change. read more
Financing the green transition

Financing the green transition

Meeting the goal of transitioning away from fossil fuels by 2030 will require new thinking about how to pay for that transition. On this episode of The Next System Podcast, we talk to a banker, a climate and public banking activist, and a Next System Project researcher about that challenge. 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
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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, hosted by Adam Simpson, features guests discussing movements, models, and pathways toward a new system. read more
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New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals

Truly addressing the problems of the twenty-first century requires going beyond business as usual – it requires “changing the system.” But what does this mean? And what would it entail? read more
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Our Common Wealth: The return of public ownership in the United States

Public ownership is more widespread and popular in the United States than is commonly understood. Re-envisioned as participatory and responsive to community needs, it could be a critical piece of a democratic economy. 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 taking on the root causes of climate change and other societal ills to change the system before we breach critical thresholds in temperature rises. Three groundbreaking and complementary interventions could start transforming 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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Participatory budgeting: When government really is by the people

This week we are talking about deepening democracy in our communities through participatory budgeting and participatory decision making more broadly. read more
John Oliver on "Last Week Tonight" discusses workplace automation

What John Oliver Gets Wrong About Robots and Jobs

The darkly entertaining “Last Week Tonight” segment on workforce automation lacked a systemic critique of the power dynamics of automation and the environmental costs of relentless growth. read more
Energy democracy: Coal to wind

Energy democracy: taking back power

A comparative analysis of the ability of investor-owned and publicly owned utilities to achieve the conditions for energy democracy. read more
Our Children's Trust lawsuit plaintiffs from Washington state

Our “fighting chance” against climate change

In this Yes! magazine interview, the Next System Project co-chair and senior fellow talks about his role in a lawsuit filed by a group of young people against the U.S. government for its inaction on climate change. read more
Amazon New York City protest

Without Amazon, New York can now do economic development right

There is an opening to make the city’s emerging solidarity economy a viable alternative to the tactic of using tax giveaways to woo large corporations. read more
Financing the green transition

Financing the green transition

Meeting the goal of transitioning away from fossil fuels by 2030 will require new thinking about how to pay for that transition. On this episode of The Next System Podcast, we talk to a banker, a climate and public banking activist, and a Next System Project researcher about that challenge. read more

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Energy democracy: Coal to wind

Energy democracy: taking back power

A comparative analysis of the ability of investor-owned and publicly owned utilities to achieve the conditions for energy democracy. read more
Family

Families and children in the next system

The United States ranks below most advanced countries when it comes to supporting children and families. This working paper explores how we can do better, through a new economic model that might better provide for flourishing families and children, both in the United States and around the world. read more
Community Reinvestment Act

A next system of community investment: Community Reinvestment Act reform in the 21st century

The Community Reinvestment Act was passed by Congress in 1977 to spur lending and investing in communities of color and lower-income neighborhoods. What updates would be needed to continue to meet this mandate and support community wealth building? read more
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There is an alternative to neoliberalism

The Democracy Collaborative is excited to have partnered with openDemocracy and Commonwealth Publishing to produce a free e-Book, “New Thinking for the British Economy,” whose 14 essays will be available in pamphlet form at The World Transformed. read more
Two oil wells, one belching smoke and fire.

The Systemic Roadblocks to Climate Action

As the ecological rift widens, we must recognize the three interconnected imperatives of the current system that both push us toward climate catastrophe and prevent meaningful action—the unrelenting pressure for economic growth, the outsized power of corporations, and the United States’ extractive approach to resource use. read more

Introduction: The Green Transition and the Next System

How we can—and must—put systemic transformation on the table in the climate discussion. read more