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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

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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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, 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

Videos

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
Thomas Hanna and Nomi Prins on The Laura Flanders Show

The Laura Flanders Show explores “revolution at the Federal Reserve”

In this episode of The Laura Flanders Show, The Next System Project Research Director Thomas M. Hanna and author Nomi Prins explore what systemic change would look like at the Federal Reserve. read more

Video: Community Land Trust

CLTs are nonprofit organizations that acquire and steward land in a “trust” for the permanent benefit of low-income communities. This video explains what they can achieve. read more

Reports

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
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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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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