Skip to main content

Community & Place

The Joyful Economy

The Joyful Economy

Next System Project Co-chair Gus Speth explores a vision for the future in which the goal of economic life is to sustain, nourish, and restore human and natural communities, so that the material and non-material blessings of life are available to all. read more
Cultivating Community Economies

Cultivating Community Economies

In this paper, J.K. Gibson-Graham and Community Economies Collective (CEC) members use Marx’s analysis of “class as a process” (of producing, appropriating, and distributing surplus) to unpack the diversity of economies that exist in any historical or geographic context. read more
Earthland: Scenes from a Civilized Future

Earthland: Scenes from a Civilized Future

This essay is written as a dispatch from the future. We visit Earthland in 2084, the flourishing planetary civilization that has emerged out of the great crises and struggles that today still lie before us. read more
The Promise of a Million Utopias

The Promise of a Million Utopias

Michael Shuman outlines systematic change that would transfer power from above to below, including a decentralized United States that has a sense of solidarity with the rest of humanity across the planet. read more
Democratizing Wealth: A Next System Model for the U.S. South and Beyond

Democratizing Wealth: A Next System Model for the U.S. South and Beyond

The problem with the existing system is not that it does not produce absolute equality but rather that it denies the overwhelming majority the opportunity to utilize their skills, energy, and interest in being productive members of the community. read more
The New Economy: A Living Earth System Model

The New Economy: A Living Earth System Model

Once we recognize that it is our life energy at play, we can begin to identify the opportunities available to us to redirect that energy from serving money, and the suicide economy, to serving life and the living Earth economy. read more
A Civic Economy of Provisions

A Civic Economy of Provisions

The framework of a civic economy of provision integrates the three basic practices of any human community: providing for one another, protecting one another, and creating meaning together. read more
Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm

Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm

In facing up to the many profound crises of our time, we face a conundrum that has no easy resolution: how are we to imagine and build a radically different system while living within the constraints of an incumbent system that aggressively resists transformational change? read more