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Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy

The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of income, wealth, power, and opportunity are part of global inequality trends, but US-style capitalism and public policy make inequalities more acute. What are the systemic interventions needed to deconcentrate wealth and move towards a more equal America? read more
The Next System Podcast

The Next System Podcast

The Next System Podcast is a weekly series hosted by Adam Simpson, featuring guests discussing movements, models, and pathways toward a new system. read more
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Latin America's "pink tide" and the challenge of systemic change

As the United States confronts its own political crossroads, we hope the insights here can contribute to a sharpening our analysis of political change and help further our understanding of the possibilities—and challenges—that await us as we pursue system change. 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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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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Building Community Capacity for Energy Democracy: A Deck of Strategies

Energy democracy is the simple idea that the transition we urgently need to clean, renewable sources of energy should be accomplished hand-in-hand with the expansion of a more equitable economy and of a more participatory democracy. read more
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Policy Brief: Rebuilding America's Infrastructure

Against infrastructure strategies that depend on private investment and public-private partnerships (PPPs), Democracy Collaborative Fellow Ellen Brown, founder and president emeritus of the Public Banking Institute, shows how public strategies for investing in infrastructure can deliver far more at lower costs for the public good. read more
Towards Gender Liberation

Towards Gender Liberation

Gender-based oppression is both one of the fundamental characteristics of the current system and one that must be eliminated from any desirable alternative future system. What are the interventions that build towards true systemic gender equity? read more
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The Policy Weapon Climate Activists Need

As climate catastrophe looms, we need to solutions that can truly keep carbon in the ground. What would it take to buy out the fossil fuel companies behind the crisis and shut them down? read more

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Inequality is killing us--literally

Communities and nations with higher income and wealth inequality have worse health outcomes than those with greater economic equality. Thus, working to reverse the widening gap between the rich and the poor should be considered as part of a strategy for achieving and maintaining a healthier society. read more
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Ep. 1: Gar Alperovitz & Gus Speth on the Next System

NSP Co-Chairs discuss the current political context and the pathways toward transformation. read more
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Single-Payer Would Be a Good Start, but Real Health Equity Means Tackling Economic Disparities

Prioritizing health and well-being means prioritizing jobs, education and housing. It means meeting people's daily needs and helping communities to flourish. read more