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Beyond COVID-19: Prescriptions for economic renewal

As we emerge from the shattered post-COVID-19 landscape, we must strive to make the economic recovery the starting point for a new economic system. We are hosting an ongoing symposium in which we float and test ideas for a more just, democratic, and resilient economy. 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
Oil well

The movement to nationalize the fossil fuel industry: a timeline

An interactive timeline chronicles key moments in the movement to advance the nationalization of the fossil fuel industry, which would enable a managed just transition to renewable energy. read more
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Local Economy Preservation Funds: A plan to save local businesses and create broad prosperity

In an article for Next City, we propose a way to save local businesses at scale, while also creating a more equitable and democratic economy out of the ashes of the old. 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
Owning the Future

Owning the Future: After COVID-19, a new era of community wealth building

On both sides of the Atlantic, the COVID-19 crisis poses a double challenge. Beyond the terrifying public health emergency, the vitally necessary immediate response has been an economic shutdown of unprecedented proportions. 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

Oil well

The movement to nationalize the fossil fuel industry: a timeline

An interactive timeline chronicles key moments in the movement to advance the nationalization of the fossil fuel industry, which would enable a managed just transition to renewable energy. read more
VA for all

Create a “VA for all” 

In our lifetime, it has perhaps never been clearer that we need a single, coordinated public healthcare system with equal access for all—a read more
Postal banking

Use the post office as a banking lifeline

A postal banking system in which everyone can have an account could provide quick access to emergency support for the millions of people without bank accounts forced to wait months for a stimulus check from the government.   read more
Housing moratorium

Cancel rent and mortgage payments, house the unhoused

We need to put a general pause on the housing market and then build a system that supplies housing to meet human needs. read more
Community wealth

Launch a new era of community wealth building

We must work to ensure that the response to the crisis ushers in the creation of democratic, inclusive, and locally rooted economies centered on collective well-being, local resilience, ecological sustainability, and economic justice. read more
State holding company or economic preservation fund

Create a state holding company to prevent the leveraged buyout of the real economy

A state holding company would acquire failing companies and distressed assets in this shutdown period, mothballing them until recovery begins and the economic stimulus kicks in.  read more

Latest reports

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
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