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Health care costs

A Nobel Prize-winning cancer therapy will be unaffordable for most Americans. Public pharmaceuticals can help change that.

This year’s Nobel Prize in medicine for work on cancer immunotherapies should remind us that life-saving innovations are financially out of reach for most patients in the United States. That’s why we need public pharmaceutical companies that could affordably produce and distribute these medications. read more

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The commons

The Commons

The commons are collective resources—encompassing things as varied as land, seed banks, and open-source software—managed by self-organized social systems under mutually acceptable terms. read more

Episode 24: The Antidote to the Amazon Economy

Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) joins Adam Simpson and special co-host Katie Parker to discuss how locally-minded economics would change our communities. 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

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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

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
Panelists at the Politics of Land and Housing forum, from left: Jarrid Green, Laurie Macfarlane and Peter Gowan

Displacement Battles on Two Continents Show How We Can Reshape the Politics of Housing

Communities can do more than just put a Band-Aid on the problem of gentrification and displacement, and a panel of researchers who held a forum at the Democracy Collaborative’s offices in Washington discussed the best thinking and work happening on both sides of the Atlantic to keep housing affordable for everyone. 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

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Windmills under a blue sky

Public Ownership for Energy Democracy

For-profit energy utilities exercise their political and economic power to roll back climate regulation. Transitioning energy utilities to public ownership could help dismantle barriers to climate action and catalyze the redesign of power generation and distribution. A movement could simultaneously harness the opportunity for more democratic engagement in public utilities to accelerate energy democracy, while also taking for-profit utilities into community hands to reorient their focus towards the public good. read more

Community Control of Land and Housing

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

The Crisis Next Time: Planning for Public Ownership as an Alternative to Corporate Bank Bailouts

When the next financial crisis hits, we need to be ready for more than another round of no-strings-attached bailouts and weak regulations that corporate finance can roll back a few years later. It’s time to put permanent public ownership on the table as a policy option for how we rescue banks that are still too big to fail. read more
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Solidarity Economy: Building an Economy for People & Planet

The solidarity economy is a global movement to build a just and sustainable economy. It is not a blueprint theorized by academics in ivory towers. Rather, it is an ecosystem of practices that already exist—some old, some new, some still emergent—that are aligned with solidarity economy values. There is already a huge foundation upon which to build. read more