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Two satellite photos taken at night of the island of Puerto Rico—one before and one after Hurricane Maria, showing the extent of the damage to the grid.

Power for Puerto Ricans, not Private Investors

Why the new grid for storm-battered Puerto Rico should be built to maximize energy democracy, not investor profits. read more

Taking Back Power: Public Power as a Vehicle Towards Energy Democracy

How can public ownership of electric utilities help build towards energy democracy? read more
A blue globe with solar panels and windmills and forests on its edges floats in a pink sky

Episode 7: Why Climate Change Necessitates System Change W/ Gus Speth

Environmental leader James Gustave Speth joins the Next System Podcast to discuss his own journey toward system change as well as the past, present, and future of the environmental movement. read more
Aerial photo of many flooded houses in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

After the Storms: Defeating Trumpism, Rebuilding America

White supremacists in the streets. Climate catastrophe unfolding on our coastlines. America is broken—how are we going to rebuild it? read more

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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

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