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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
The end of employee ownership at New Belgium

The end of employee ownership at New Belgium and why that matters

New Belgium Brewing was held up as a shining example of what could be possible through worker ownership. But its recent purchase by an international conglomerate raises questions about the best strategy and models for pursuing worker ownership. read more
Energy democracy panel RG

Supporting energy democracy through a Green New Deal

To achieve the dual mission of decarbonizing our energy use and addressing economic inequity, the Green New Deal must invest in an energy future based on democratic governance and community control. Here is a suite of policy tools essential to that mission. read more
Protesters from the No PG&E Bailout Coalition

Power to the People: Winning public control of electric utilities

Alternatives to our broken corporate energy system are gaining traction—here’s a breakdown of where people are fighting back, and where they are winning public ownership of power. read more
Solidarity economy

Major advances in 2019 toward a more democratic economy

This past year, state and municipal lawmakers teamed up with community organizations to fight for—and win—a wide variety of policies and initiatives that will help foster a more democratic economy. read more
Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard speaking at Busboys and Poets.

On “The Making of a Democratic Economy” with Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard

Majorie Kelly and Ted Howard have spent the past several months talking about their book, “The Making of a Democratic Economy.” They now share what they’ve learned and how it connects to the issues facing the country at the start of a new decade. 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 features conversations with leading thinkers and activists about movements, models, and pathways toward a new system. 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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The Index of Systemic Trends

One of the signs that a crisis is systemic, rather than purely political or economic, is that key indicators decline or stay the same regardless of changes in political power or business cycles. This first edition of the Index of Systemic Trends is an effort to quantify, track, and visualize this crisis. It shows the need to move in the direction of a new system that can and will produce better outcomes. read more

Newest Stories

The end of employee ownership at New Belgium

The end of employee ownership at New Belgium and why that matters

New Belgium Brewing was held up as a shining example of what could be possible through worker ownership. But its recent purchase by an international conglomerate raises questions about the best strategy and models for pursuing worker ownership. 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
Next System Podcast Job Guarantee

“Job Guarantee Now!” with Sarah Treuhaft and Darrick Hamilton

A new “Job Guarantee Now!” campaign is now being launched, and Sarah Treuhaft of PolicyLink and Darrick Hamilton of the Kirwan Center on the Study of Race and Ethnicity explain why our “full-employment” economy is still not working for working people. read more
Energy democracy panel PU

Federal expansion of community choice aggregation

There is an alternative to private monopoly utilities trapping communities in fossil fuel energy use or individual customer choice programs that may not shift the system fast enough or do so with equity. read more
Energy democracy panel RD

Establish the Community Ownership of Power Administration

As a major component of the Green New Deal’s energy strategy, this new federal agency would provide a catalytic tool for a new energy system based on local, community benefit. read more
Energy democracy panel GR

A green investment bank and the Energy Democracy Financing Program

A federal green investment bank could support energy democracy by directly funding community-based enterprises and low-income access to renewable energy and energy efficiency. read more

Latest reports

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
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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
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
Public rail UK

Constructing the Democratic Public Enterprise

This response to the Labour Party’s Consultation on Democratic Public Ownership sets out the key features of what existing research and experience tells us works for creating democratic forms of public enterprise. read more

Democratic ownership funds: Creating shared wealth and power

An introduction to the various (and often complementary) models for creating ownership funds at different scales and with different characteristics, designed to reshape company ownership so that it is democratic, inclusive, and purposeful by design.  read more