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Episode 23: Community Control of Land and Housing

The Democracy Collaborative’s Senior Research Fellow, Jarrid Green, joins the Next System Podcast to discuss his new report on community control of land and housing, which includes a discussion of actionable policies that cities can take to push back against gentrification and build community wealth. read more

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Democratic energy utility

Democratic Energy Utility

Democratic energy utilities are nonprofits run by the public or community members in a way that enables their engagement in decision-making and distributes ownership. read more

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Community benefit agreement

Community Benefit Agreement

A legally binding product of negotiations between a developer and community members who have banded together to safeguard their community’s interests. read more

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Land bank – Elements of a Democratic Economy

Land Bank

Land banks can acquire abandoned, foreclosed, and tax-delinquent properties in order to convert them into productive use. read more

videos

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
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Video: Resident-Owned Community

Resident-owned communities (ROCs)—manufactured housing neighborhoods in which the land is community-owned and managed–are one of the leading sources of affordable housing in the U.S. This video explains their benefits. read more

Videos

Video: Limited Equity Housing Cooperative

A limited equity housing cooperative is a residential development owned and managed by a democratically governed, nonprofit cooperative corporation, such as a tenants’ union. This video show how they help keep housing affordable over the long term. read more
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The Pluralist Commonwealth

In this video, Next System Project Co-chair Gar Alperovitz sketches the major institutions of a systemic alternative based in plural forms of democratic ownership, orientated around community at various scales—what he calls “The Pluralist Commonwealth.” read more

collections

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

reports

Community Control of Land and Housing

Exploring strategies for combating displacement, expanding ownership, and building community wealth. read more
The Joyful Economy

The Joyful Economy

Next System Project Co-chair Gus Speth explores a vision for the future in which the goal of economic life is to sustain, nourish, and restore human and natural communities, so that the material and non-material blessings of life are available to all. read more
Cultivating Community Economies

Cultivating Community Economies

In this paper, J.K. Gibson-Graham and Community Economies Collective (CEC) members use Marx’s analysis of “class as a process” (of producing, appropriating, and distributing surplus) to unpack the diversity of economies that exist in any historical or geographic context. read more
Earthland: Scenes from a Civilized Future

Earthland: Scenes from a Civilized Future

This essay is written as a dispatch from the future. We visit Earthland in 2084, the flourishing planetary civilization that has emerged out of the great crises and struggles that today still lie before us. read more