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Democratizing power in rural America through electric co-ops

Democratizing power in rural America through electric co-ops

In this episode, we’re discussing how to further democratize rural electric cooperatives and what that means for the communities that these institutions serve. read more
A US Green Investment Bank for All: Democratized Finance for a Just Transition

A US green investment bank for all: Democratized finance for a just transition

In ways unimaginable just a few years ago, public banking and its potential for catalyzing a transition to a green and just future have been catapulted to the center of political and economic debate. 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
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The Plan For A National Homes Guarantee

Addressing the nation’s housing crisis requires a plan that enables everyone to have safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing. 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

Freedom from the market

The Labour Party’s announcement that it will back Universal Basic Services in the next election in the United Kingdom is a landmark in the fight to curb the influence of the market over our lives. 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
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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
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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
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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Democratic employee ownership funds

Plans advance for democratizing worker ownership

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has put forward a set of proposals that would”fundamentally shift the wealth of the economy into the hands of those who create it.” read more
Democratizing power in rural America through electric co-ops

Democratizing power in rural America through electric co-ops

In this episode, we’re discussing how to further democratize rural electric cooperatives and what that means for the communities that these institutions serve. read more
A private bank note from the 19th century

Money in the US: A Timeline

Money is a work in progress, not an immutable fact of nature. read more
Red-state socialism

Red-state socialism

Many “red states” already have some socialist policies and institutions—actual common ownership and public provision of goods and services often reserved for private markets. Not only are many of these institutions long-lasting; they’re also both popular and successful. read more
The Next World podcast discusses school to prison pipeline

Reparations, the Green New Deal, and the school-to-prison pipeline

From our peers at “The Next World: A Podcast About Building Movements,” a talk with Zakiya Sankara-Jabar of the Dignity in Schools Campaign about the criminalization of black children, plus journalist Sarah Lazare on critical questions about the Green New Deal. read more

Freedom from the market

The Labour Party’s announcement that it will back Universal Basic Services in the next election in the United Kingdom is a landmark in the fight to curb the influence of the market over our lives. read more

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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
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 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
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