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Bologna, Emilia Romagna. Photo by Tomas Kohl.

La Región de Italia Donde Las Cooperativas Producen una Tercera parte de su Producto Interno Bruto (PIB)

Seis cosas que podemos aprender de la región del norte de Italia, Emilia Romagna, donde las cooperativas impulsan la economía. read more
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The homes guarantee: A promise of housing for people, not profit

We talk to people at the front lines of the nation’s housing affordability crisis and activists fighting for a “homes guarantee,” a set of systemic solutions based on the principle that housing is a human right. read more
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The Plan For A National Homes Guarantee

Addressing the nation’s housing crisis requires a plan that enables everyone to have safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing. read more

Reparations and the Democratic Economy

Four hundred years after the first African slaves were brought to America—the initial act of America’s “original sin”—the discussion of reparations has gained a new level of seriousness. read more

Designing our communities for justice

Especially in light of the climate crisis, how can communities plan for their infrastructure needs with justice and inclusion at the forefront? The Next System Project’s Johanna Bozuwa, the Institute for Policy Study’s Basav Sen, and We Act for Environmental Justice’s Michael Velarde offer insights. read more
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Putting banking back in the hands of the people: The role of regional cooperative banks in community wealth building

One crucial player in the institutional landscape of all successful examples of community wealth building is a community bank. read more
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Amazon’s HQ2 is a gentrification bomb, not a wealth-building opportunity

Now that the deal for Amazon’s second headquarters has been struck, it’s worth asking if this is a package that its recipients should never have ordered. read more
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What banks owe communities: Towards a 21st century Community Reinvestment Act

Isaiah J. Poole and Devin Case-Ruchala discuss the future and yet-to-be-fulfilled potential of a landmark community investment law with John Holdsclaw and Gregory Jost, community development experts and practitioners. read more

Episode 23: Community Control of Land and Housing

The Democracy Collaborative’s Senior Research Fellow, Jarrid Green, joins the Next System Podcast to discuss his new report on community control of land and housing, which includes a discussion of actionable policies that cities can take to push back against gentrification and build community wealth. read more