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How to Create a Thriving Global Commons Economy

Not since Marx identified Manchester’s manufacturing plants as blueprints for the new capitalist society have our political economy’s fundamentals faced a more profound transformation. As structural crises beset capitalism, a new mode of production is emerging: commons-based peer production. read more

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The policy approach to mainstreaming worker ownership

Worker ownership is now on the agenda of the 2020 presidential campaign. We discuss the proposals and how they address issues of worker power and economic inequality with Next System Project Policy Associate Peter Gowan and Mo Manklang of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. read more
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“Let’s expand employee ownership”: Bernie Sanders backs inclusive ownership plan

Policy associate Peter Gowan tells The Washington Post that Sanders “would become the first member of Congress to propose requiring corporations to create a fund of shares for their employees.” read more

By a wide margin, Americans support “inclusive ownership funds”

Inclusive ownership funds, which create a pathway to scaling up meaningful employee ownership in all of our largest corporations, enjoy robust popular support. read more
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The US should be producing the HIV prevention drug its research helped create

We could just about end the spread of HIV if Truvada was affordable to everyone who should be taking it. This is why we need a public option to ensure broad, long-term access to essential medicines. read more
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Polling on key elements of the democratic economy

YouGov in March 2019 conducted this poll for The Democracy Collaborative on several key questions related to aspects of the democratic economy, including support for worker ownership, public enterprises and democratic control over key economic activities. read more
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Patterns for cooperative networks and associations

Scaling impact through replication, federation, functional specialization, and/or ad-hoc association. read more
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In These Times special issue features how a democratic economy can help in “getting to zero”

Taking public control of electric utilities and buying out fossil fuel companies remove major impediments to the green transition. read more
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The Resurgence of Public Ownership: A Transatlantic Exchange

Experts from both sides of the Atlantic discuss successful efforts to push back against privatization and reclaim the heritage of public ownership. read more