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Prisons and policing: systemic challenges and alternative visions

What can advocates for a more democratic economy learn from the movements for the abolition of prisons and policing? read more
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Episode 10.2: The Pluralist Commonwealth (w/Gar Alperovitz)

Gar Alperovitz discusses how what he calls the “pluralist commonwealth” charts a course beyond our current broken economic system. read more
Gar Alperovitz is on the right side of the screen, with icons from from left to right signifying his time in Wisconsin, his work on the decision to drop the atomic bomb, his work with MLK jr., and his antiwar efforts during Vietnam.

Episode 10.1: System Change, Past & Present (w/Gar Alperovitz)

Gar Alperovitz describes his journey toward system change. read more

Episode 9: Energizing Democracy By Democratizing Energy w/Denise Fairchild

A conversation with the co-editor of “Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions” read more
Two satellite photos taken at night of the island of Puerto Rico—one before and one after Hurricane Maria, showing the extent of the damage to the grid.

Power for Puerto Ricans, not Private Investors

Why the new grid for storm-battered Puerto Rico should be built to maximize energy democracy, not investor profits. read more

Next System Media: An Urgent Necessity

If we want a new economy and real democracy, we need to tackle the media question. Laura Flanders explores what a people-powered 21st century media ecosystem could look like at scale. 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
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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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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A women with a megaphone protests near a line of bicycle cops.

Community Control over Police: A Proposition

This historic moment calls for something more significant than additional training or even civilian oversight boards. read more
An aerial photograph of a civil commitment facility.

Beyond The Carceral Logic of Civil Commitment

A harm reduction lens can help us understand why really protecting our communities means imagining alternatives beyond incarceration. read more
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Towards the horizon of abolition: A conversation with Mariame Kaba

What will it take to imagine and build a world without prisons? And why are abolition and anticapitalism two sides of the same struggle? read more