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Public holding company

Public holding company

The effects of a local firm facing economic disaster can ripple destructively through a community. Public holding companies could take either partial or full ownership positions in distressed firms to prevent the economic and social dislocations associated with liquidation or collapse. read more
Oil well

The movement to nationalize the fossil fuel industry: a timeline

An interactive timeline chronicles key moments in the movement to advance the nationalization of the fossil fuel industry, which would enable a managed just transition to renewable energy. read more
Community wealth

Launch a new era of community wealth building

We must work to ensure that the response to the crisis ushers in the creation of democratic, inclusive, and locally rooted economies centered on collective well-being, local resilience, ecological sustainability, and economic justice. read more
State holding company or economic preservation fund

Create a state holding company to prevent the leveraged buyout of the real economy

A state holding company would acquire failing companies and distressed assets in this shutdown period, mothballing them until recovery begins and the economic stimulus kicks in.  read more
Closed due to current health crisis until further notice

Local Economy Preservation Funds: A plan to save local businesses and create broad prosperity

In an article for Next City, we propose a way to save local businesses at scale, while also creating a more equitable and democratic economy out of the ashes of the old. read more
Anchor mission community wealth

Video: Community wealth building in the era of COVID-19

Democracy Collaborative President Ted Howard and Centre for Local Economic Strategies CEO Neil McInroy explain how in both the United States and the United Kingdom community wealth building strategies are offering a better way forward to a post-COVID-19 economic revival. read more
The Future is Public

The Future is Public: Towards democratic ownership of public services

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that public services and the people who operate them are the foundation of healthy and resilient societies. A growing international movement is choosing remunicipalization as a key tool for redefining public ownership for the 21st century. read more

To recover from COVID-19, America needs a vaccine. To get it, we can’t rely on corporations

The number of vaccine producers has been dwindling for years, because vaccines do not offer the kinds of profits that pharmaceutical companies think they deserve. There is, then, but one viable solution: We should nationalize what remains of the American vaccine industry now. read more
Owning the Future

Owning the Future: After COVID-19, a new era of community wealth building

On both sides of the Atlantic, the COVID-19 crisis poses a double challenge. Beyond the terrifying public health emergency, the vitally necessary immediate response has been an economic shutdown of unprecedented proportions. read more