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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

Social wealth funds as vehicles of economic empowerment

Gabriel Acevero, Jhumpa Bhattacharya, and Matt Bruenig discuss how social wealth funds work and the transformative role they can play in the financial security of individuals and communities. 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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Credit unions

Credit unions are financial cooperatives owned by their account holders and can concentrate on maximizing their impact in the community and on the financial well-being of their members. 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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Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age

Fixing our monetary and banking system requires more than tweaks to an obsolete system. This book proposes an overhaul of the monetary system itself—a rethinking of what money is and how it enters the economy. Yet, implementing this level of systemic change, history shows, is not as radical as it sounds. This book looks at how our banking system really works, the inherent contradictions in the model, and why regulation has not worked to fix them. It then explores some new developments and proposes a model that bypasses exploitation for private profit, read more