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Democratic Ownership

Two chess pieces, a king and a pawn, atop unequal stacks of coins.

Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy

The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of income, wealth, power, and opportunity are part of global inequality trends, but US-style capitalism and public policy make inequalities more acute. What are the systemic interventions needed to deconcentrate wealth and move towards a more equal America? read more
Diversifying Public Ownership

Diversifying Public Ownership

Different forms of public ownership are advocated for different parts of the economy, but with an emphasis upon the implementation of democratic and decentered institutional frameworks. read more
Cooperative Commonwealth & the Partner State

Cooperative Commonwealth & the Partner State

Economic democracy is the foundation of any viable alternative to capitalism as we know it. It is the absence of democracy in our economies that is destroying democracy in our politics and allowing the expansion of the toxic forms of capitalism we are witnessing today. read more
Navigating System Transition in a Volatile Century

Navigating System Transition in a Volatile Century

A shift in paradigm from profit-driven economic growth to a steady-state economy will not be accomplished if we can only identify partners within our own “system silo.” 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
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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
Towards a New, Green Economy

Towards a New, Green Economy

The objective of the green economy is to achieve a shared (socially just) and a lasting (environmentally sustainable) prosperity. read more
Six Theses on Saving the Planet

Six Theses on Saving the Planet

We can’t reorganize, reprioritize, restructure the world industrial economy in a rational and sustainable manner, unless we do so directly and deliberately. read more
Start With Worker Self-Directed Enterprises

Start With Worker Self-Directed Enterprises

For the economic system to serve the people, the people need to be in charge. read more