Skip to main content

Next System Project Essay Competition

Announcing the winners in our essay competition!
  • Next System Project Essay Competition
August 6, 2017

Next System Project Essay Competition

After reviewing hundreds of submissions from around the world, here are the six winning original essays from the 2016 “What’s Next?” essay contest.

From Perception to Participation

From Perception to Participation

In this first place undergraduate entry in the Next System Project Essay Competition, Raghav Sharma charts a path out of the crisis of liberal democracy and its attendant marginalizing blindspots towards a renewed direct democracy grounded in everyday family and community life. read more

Stories

Locke, Marx, and Two Theories of Labor

Locke, Marx, and Two Theories of Labor

Charles Rupert examines the philosophical role of labor in the determination of value, and on this basis, articulates a precise and ambitious recalibration of the relationships between the institutions of property, enterprise, rent, debt, and income. read more
Community, Democracy, and Mutual Aid

Community, Democracy, and Mutual Aid

In this first place at-large entry in the Next System Essay Competition, members of the Symbiosis Research Collective present a vision of how to expand the networks of “dual power” from the rebel city towards the system level. read more
New Visions: Society Reimagined

New Visions: Society Reimagined

Melissa Padilla’s second place undergraduate entry in our Next System Project Essay Competition offers a philosophical grounding and far-reaching institutional design for a next system capable of delivering social justice. read more
Everyday Movement Against Capitalism

Everyday Movement Against Capitalism

Alexander Riccio’s second place graduate entry in our Next System Project Essay Competition explores how “strategy and prefiguration complement each other as means to liberation.” read more
A New Cooperative Economy

A New Cooperative Economy

In this second place at-large entry in our Next System Project Essay Competition, Guy Dauncey confronts the foundational myths of our current economic system, and highlights where the foundations of a more equitable and sustainable system are being built today. read more