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Democratic Ownership

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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
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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

Episode 24: The Antidote to the Amazon Economy

Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) joins Adam Simpson and special co-host Katie Parker to discuss how locally-minded economics would change our communities. read more
Land bank – Elements of a Democratic Economy

Land Bank

Land banks can acquire abandoned, foreclosed, and tax-delinquent properties in order to convert them into productive use. read more

Stories

Community Land Trust

CLTs are nonprofit organizations that acquire and steward land in a “trust” for the permanent benefit of low-income communities. read more

Stories

Resident-Owned Community

Resident-owned communities (ROCs) are manufactured housing neighborhoods (sometimes referred to as mobile home or trailer parks) in which the land is community-owned and managed. read more