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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
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

System Change magazine highlights a year of bold ideas

The Democracy Collaborative and the Next System Project has published System Change, a magazine that captures the bold ideas and groundbreaking work of our leaders and scholars in 2019. read more
Through the Window

Through the kitchen window: a vision of a new America

I had something like a vision not long ago as I was enjoying my breakfast. It began when I looked out the kitchen window and saw, instead of my front yard, a community going about its everyday affairs. 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
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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 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

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
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
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Baltimore community project threatened as United Methodist Church considers new buyer for unused property.

BALTIMORE, MD – After months of negotiation over sale of two unused properties with the United Methodist Church in Baltimore, the Village of Love and Resistance (VOLAR) 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
Through the Window

Through the kitchen window: a vision of a new America

I had something like a vision not long ago as I was enjoying my breakfast. It began when I looked out the kitchen window and saw, instead of my front yard, a community going about its everyday affairs. read more

System Change magazine highlights a year of bold ideas

The Democracy Collaborative and the Next System Project has published System Change, a magazine that captures the bold ideas and groundbreaking work of our leaders and scholars in 2019. 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
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
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