Skip to main content

Democratic Ownership

Municipal enterprise

Municipal enterprise

Municipal enterprises are businesses or services owned by local public authorities that provide services or generate revenue for local communities. read more
Employee stock ownership plan

Employee stock ownership plan

Description An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) enables full or partial ownership of a business by its employees through a pension plan or trust. The first ESOP was created in 1956 by a San F read more
Shopping Cart Perched on Cliff

When “growing the economy” is not the right answer: Moving to sustainability

A deep dive into the fundamental transformations businesses must make to be truly sustainable, beyond superficial greenwashing. read more
Lots of elements of a community powered by sustainable energy: solar, wind, and more.

PG&E: Don’t break it up. Take it over.

The potential bankruptcy of the California utility whose negligence has likely played a role in California’s wildfires is an opportunity for the public to gain control of the state’s energy destiny. read more
Cover of book, superimposed on a map of the US

Our Common Wealth: The return of public ownership in the United States

Public ownership is more widespread and popular in the United States than is commonly understood. Re-envisioned as participatory and responsive to community needs, it could be a critical piece of a democratic economy. read more
Overhead views of New York and LA with a bank icon superimposed across them

The Campaign for Public Banks, From Coast to Coast

David Jette, the co-founder and legislative director of Public Bank LA, and Juleon Robinson, a program associate at the New Economy Project working on a campaign to establish a municipal bank in New York City, discuss the nationwide movement to establish public banks, including a landmark ballot measure in Los Angeles. read more
Element of the democratic economy: Public bank

Public Banks

How financial institutions owned by and accountable to the people help create a nonextractive economy. read more
Health care costs

A Nobel Prize-winning cancer therapy will be unaffordable for most Americans. Public pharmaceuticals can help change that.

This year’s Nobel Prize in medicine for work on cancer immunotherapies should remind us that life-saving innovations are financially out of reach for most patients in the United States. That’s why we need public pharmaceutical companies that could affordably produce and distribute these medications. read more
The commons

The Commons

The commons are collective resources—encompassing things as varied as land, seed banks, and open-source software—managed by self-organized social systems under mutually acceptable terms. read more