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How localities can save small businesses through economy preservation funds

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold in the US through the summer of 2020, evidence mounts that the pandemic has become an extinction event for small businesses. read more
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The nation’s first “fair development” zero waste plan 

In a south Baltimore neighborhood, a powerful, youth-led coalition helped spearhead the first Zero Waste Plan developed by and for U.S. grassroots communities that want to transition from an economy of extraction to one of reuse and regeneration. read more
Public holding company

Public holding company

The effects of a local firm facing economic disaster can ripple destructively through a community. Public holding companies could take either partial or full ownership positions in distressed firms to prevent the economic and social dislocations associated with liquidation or collapse. read more
Housing moratorium

Cancel rent and mortgage payments, house the unhoused

We need to put a general pause on the housing market and then build a system that supplies housing to meet human needs. 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

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

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