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John Oliver on "Last Week Tonight" discusses workplace automation

What John Oliver Gets Wrong About Robots and Jobs

The darkly entertaining “Last Week Tonight” segment on workforce automation lacked a systemic critique of the power dynamics of automation and the environmental costs of relentless growth. read more
Our Children's Trust lawsuit plaintiffs from Washington state

Our “fighting chance” against climate change

In this Yes! magazine interview, the Next System Project co-chair and senior fellow talks about his role in a lawsuit filed by a group of young people against the U.S. government for its inaction on climate change. read more
Financing the green transition

Financing the green transition

Meeting the goal of transitioning away from fossil fuels by 2030 will require new thinking about how to pay for that transition. On this episode of The Next System Podcast, we talk to a banker, a climate and public banking activist, and a Next System Project researcher about that challenge. read more
Minnesota community solar garden

Community Ownership of Power Administration: Putting utilities under public control

This proposal would create within the Green New Deal an agency explicitly designed to free communities from the unjust power of investor-owned utilities in a way that furthers decarbonization and transforms the economy so that it benefits everyone. read more

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Gus Speth speaking

Gus Speth delivers the 2016 David Sive Annual Memorial Lecture at Columbia Law School

Watch Co-Chair of the Next System Project Gus Speth give the David Sive Annual Memorial Lecture at the Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change. read more
"We Need An Alternative", on top of an image of a factory.

Toward Democratic Eco-Socialism

Social systems, whether they exist at the local, regional, or global levels, do not last forever. Capitalism, as a globalizing political economic system committed to profit making and continual economic growth, has created a treadmill of production and consumption that is heavily dependent upon fossil fuels and has resulted in greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. read more
Metamapping the ecosystem building the next economy

Webinar: Mapping the Next System

Watch a group of panelists, moderated by Co-chair of the Next System Project Gus Speth, discuss the linkages and intersections of the movement for a New Economy. read more
A large group of people celebrating a solar array

What is Energy Democracy and Why Does It Matter? [Webinar]

We co-hosted this online panel with the New Economy Coalition for New Economy Week 2015, featuring speakers from the Institute for Policy Studies, Emerald Cities Cooperative, PUSH Buffalo, and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. read more

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Lots of elements of a community powered by sustainable energy: solar, wind, and more.

Building Community Capacity for Energy Democracy: A Deck of Strategies

Energy democracy is the simple idea that the transition we urgently need to clean, renewable sources of energy should be accomplished hand-in-hand with the expansion of a more equitable economy and of a more participatory democracy. read more
Lots of elements of a community powered by sustainable energy: solar, wind, and more.

La Democracia Energética: Una Baraja de Cartas

La democracia energética es la sencilla idea de que la transición a fuentes de energía renovables, que tan urgentemente necesitamos, debería ir de la mano con la expansión de una economía más equitativa y de una democracia más participativa. read more
Signs carried by marchers reading "El Pueblo Unido" and "United for Jobs Justice and Climate"

Taking climate action to the next level

Real climate leadership means taking on the root causes of climate change and other societal ills to change the system before we breach critical thresholds in temperature rises. Three groundbreaking and complementary interventions could start transforming the power structures that promote and enable our problematic energy and political economic systems: quantitative easing for the planet, public ownership for energy democracy, and anchor strategies for the energy transition. read more

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Energy democracy: Coal to wind

Energy democracy: taking back power

A comparative analysis of the ability of investor-owned and publicly owned utilities to achieve the conditions for energy democracy. read more
Two oil wells, one belching smoke and fire.

The Systemic Roadblocks to Climate Action

As the ecological rift widens, we must recognize the three interconnected imperatives of the current system that both push us toward climate catastrophe and prevent meaningful action—the unrelenting pressure for economic growth, the outsized power of corporations, and the United States’ extractive approach to resource use. read more

Introduction: The Green Transition and the Next System

How we can—and must—put systemic transformation on the table in the climate discussion. read more

An Anchor Strategy for the Energy Transition

Anchor institutions—large nonprofit or public institutions, like universities or municipal governments—are positioned to be a prime ally for the energy transition at the local level. Anchors could align their power and place-based social mission to rise to the energy challenge in three important ways: by furthering community-centered renewable energy grids; by helping build a workforce compatible with a 1.5°C society (and a just transition for workers); and by deploying financial capacity needed to support the transition and to overcome corporate bias. read more