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From pragmatic to politicized? The future of water remunicipalization in the United States

As with many countries, the United States has experienced swings of public and private operation of its water services for more than 150 years. Most water services in the country began as private enterprises in the 1800s but were municipalized from the late 19th century into the 1930s. read more

Community wealth building in Ireland: Sinn Féin proposes a new economic development direction

The Irish political party Sinn Féin has embraced a wide-ranging community wealth building agenda. read more

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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

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

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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

reports

Revisiting community control of land and housing

Revisiting community control of land and housing in the wake of COVID-19

As the nation’s housing crisis deepens during the COVID-19 pandemic, we urgently need new approaches and institutions that center permanent affordability, community ownership and control, and the long-term goal of decommodification. read more

Building community wealth globally: The Kigoma-Preston collaboration

Advancing the democratic economy in Tanzania with the help of an international politics of solidarity and co-creation. read more

Community Control of Land and Housing

Exploring strategies for combating displacement, expanding ownership, and building community wealth. read more
Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm

Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm

In facing up to the many profound crises of our time, we face a conundrum that has no easy resolution: how are we to imagine and build a radically different system while living within the constraints of an incumbent system that aggressively resists transformational change? read more