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Democratic Ownership

John Oliver on "Last Week Tonight" discusses workplace automation

What John Oliver Gets Wrong About Robots and Jobs

The darkly entertaining “Last Week Tonight” segment on workforce automation lacked a systemic critique of the power dynamics of automation and the environmental costs of relentless growth. read more
Worker cooperative

Worker cooperatives

A worker cooperative provides for both democratic ownership and democratic governance of the workplace, unlike traditional businesses in which ownership is often antagonistic to the workers who create value for the firm. read more

From private profit to public alternatives

Public ownership is gaining ground against privatization—here’s why neoliberalism’s narrative is falling apart and why the people are taking back the economy. read more
Welding robots

The problem isn’t robots taking our jobs. It’s oligarchs taking our power

The focus on learning to program the robots that are taking our jobs is a trap. Organizing unions and developing pathways to ownership is the best way workers can address the anxiety of the so-called “automation age,” not chasing the labor market demands of elites. read more
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
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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
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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
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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