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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

The policy approach to mainstreaming worker ownership

Worker ownership is now on the agenda of the 2020 presidential campaign. We discuss the proposals and how they address issues of worker power and economic inequality with Next System Project Policy Associate Peter Gowan and Mo Manklang of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. read more
Participatory budgeting

Participatory budgeting

Participatory budgeting democratizes public investment by giving people the power to decide how public dollars are spent. 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 is an effort to quantify, track, and visualize this crisis. read more
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The US should be producing the HIV prevention drug its research helped create

We could just about end the spread of HIV if Truvada was affordable to everyone who should be taking it. This is why we need a public option to ensure broad, long-term access to essential medicines. read more
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In These Times special issue features how a democratic economy can help in “getting to zero”

Taking public control of electric utilities and buying out fossil fuel companies remove major impediments to the green transition. 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
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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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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

How to Create a Thriving Global Commons Economy

Not since Marx identified Manchester’s manufacturing plants as blueprints for the new capitalist society have our political economy’s fundamentals faced a more profound transformation. As structural crises beset capitalism, a new mode of production is emerging: commons-based peer production. read more
Joe Guinan on Raising Incomes panel

The role of worker ownership in raising incomes

The Next System Project’s Joe Guinan called for a “democratic ownership revolution” at a Washington forum organized to discuss strategies for addressing extreme wealth inequality in the United States. 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

The policy approach to mainstreaming worker ownership

Worker ownership is now on the agenda of the 2020 presidential campaign. We discuss the proposals and how they address issues of worker power and economic inequality with Next System Project Policy Associate Peter Gowan and Mo Manklang of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. read more

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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
A satellite view of the US at night

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 is an effort to quantify, track, and visualize this crisis. read more
Workers welding, with exciting sparks flying!

Right To Own: A Policy Framework to Catalyze Worker Ownership Transitions

Giving workers a right of first refusal when their workplace is being sold could be an incredibly powerful and popular way to expand the democratic economy. 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
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