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Two chess pieces, a king and a pawn, atop unequal stacks of coins.

Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy

The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of income, wealth, power, and opportunity are part of global inequality trends, but US-style capitalism and public policy make inequalities more acute. What are the systemic interventions needed to deconcentrate wealth and move towards a more equal America? read more

America

Why is the Pluralist Commonwealth an American system? What resources for a Pluralist Commonwealth can be found in the American tradition? read more
Pluralism

Pluralism

Why is pluralism an important value for systemic design? What makes a pluralist commonwealth “pluralist,” and why are more complex forms sometimes important? Where can we see pluralism in action today? read more

Commonwealth

What does it mean to hold wealth in common? Why is wealth held in common and democratized at various scales, so important for the design of a next system? What are some examples of how “common wealth” builds a “commonwealth” today? read more

videos

The cover of our "Reversing Inequality" report as seen on the program

Chuck Collins talks about "Reversing Inequality" with The Real News

In this interview with The Real News, Chuck Collins talks about the systemic drivers and systemic solutions to extreme wealth inequality tracked in our new report, Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy. 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
Abstract elements surrounding a lobster, a CD, and other signifiers of potential commons.

How does “the commons” work? Animating David Bollier’s next system

This video animates David Bollier's commons-based framework, which he argues could provide a critical template for de-commodification, mutualization, and the organization and control of resources outside of the market. read more
Money laid out on a chalkboard with arrows drawn around the coins.

What is a participatory workplace?

As part of our "New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals" series, Robin Hahnel sketched the basic contours of a model for a participatory economy. read more

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Circles rising above a cityscape

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