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“Give them the Amtrak treatment”: Growing calls for widespread nationalization

We’ve been tracking how elected officials, organizers, activists, and policymakers have brought the potential of broad public ownership to combat the unfolding social, economic, and ecological crises into the center of the conversation. read more
A Green Stimulus to Rebuild the Economy

A green stimulus to rebuild the economy

An open letter for members of Congress from a group of climate and policy experts calls for “an ambitious Green Stimulus of at least $2 trillion” designed to accelerate a just transition away from fossil fuels and build a more resilient and sustainable society. read more

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Low-income limited liability company

Low-profit limited liability companies

An L3C straddles the line between a nonprofit and for-profit venture, an enterprise with a profit goal that is subordinate to its charitable mission. read more
Community development financial institution

Community development financial institutions

CDFIs are committed to providing services that create and broaden economic opportunities in neighborhoods that have faced historical disinvestment. read more

videos

Economic Update host Richard Wolff interviews John Duda

Worker co-ops rising

Democracy Collaborative communications director John Duda explains in this edition of “Economic Update with Richard Wolff” how worker cooperatives have become a rising movement that is shaping mainstream economic development strategy around the country. read more
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

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

collections

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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
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Supporting energy democracy through a Green New Deal

To achieve the dual mission of decarbonizing our energy use and addressing economic inequity, the Green New Deal must invest in an energy future based on democratic governance and community control. Here is a suite of policy tools essential to that mission. read more

reports

A History of Nationalization in the United States: 1917-2009

The United States has a long and rich tradition of nationalizing private enterprise, especially during times of economic and social crisis. read more
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Constructing the Democratic Public Enterprise

This response to the Labour Party’s Consultation on Democratic Public Ownership sets out the key features of what existing research and experience tells us works for creating democratic forms of public enterprise. read more

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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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