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Democracy & Governance

Democratizing knowledge

Democratizing knowledge: Transforming intellectual property and research and development

We need to embed principles of democratic ownership and control to the fields of intellectual property and research and development, so that these crucial economic pillars become drivers of equity, sustainability and the common good rather than wealth inequality and concentration. read more
Democratic digital infrastructure

Democratic digital infrastructure

We need to build a digital landscape that provides world-class connection to all and is sustainable, privacy-enhancing, rights-preserving, innovative, and democratic by design. This report makes the case for democratic public ownership of the foundational digital infrastructures of the 21st century. read more
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The British Digital Cooperative: A New Model Public Sector Institution

The tech giants aren’t going to save democracy—we need public investment in digital infrastructure and innovation. read more
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Constructing the Democratic Public Enterprise

This response to the Labour Party’s Consultation on Democratic Public Ownership sets out the key features of what existing research and experience tells us works for creating democratic forms of public enterprise. read more
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The Index of Systemic Trends

One of the signs that a crisis is systemic, rather than purely political or economic, is that key indicators decline or stay the same regardless of changes in political power or business cycles. This first edition of the Index of Systemic Trends is an effort to quantify, track, and visualize this crisis. It shows the need to move in the direction of a new system that can and will produce better outcomes. read more
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A Socialist Economy for the 21st Century

Author and Tellus Institute co-founder Richard A. Rosen explores the changes necessary for a modern definition of “socialism”, and describes key concepts and issues that arise when aiming to restructure the American economy to include social and environmental sustainability in the Twenty-First Century. read more
Economic Democracy

Economic Democracy

The more experiments there are with other economic structures that contribute to democratizing the economy, the more we will learn as to the strengths and weaknesses of alternative structures. read more
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New Political-Economic Possibilities for the Twenty-First Century

Addressing the problems of the twenty-first century requires going beyond business as usual. It requires “changing the system.” But what does this mean? And what would it entail? read more