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National Essay Competition on the Next System

The current system is failing all around us. The economy is stagnating. The political system is stalemated. Communities are in decay. It’s time to talk about what’s next. It’s time to talk about the next system. read more
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The Pluralist Commonwealth

In this video, Next System Project Co-chair Gar Alperovitz sketches the major institutions of a systemic alternative based in plural forms of democratic ownership, orientated around community at various scales—what he calls “The Pluralist Commonwealth.” read more
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Shirley Sherrod on Land & Community Control

The struggle for Black economic independence: not a lot of people, particularly people of color, have had a chance to design a new community, to be different and equal, co-owned by its residents. read more
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Toward Democratic Eco-Socialism

Social systems, whether they exist at the local, regional, or global levels, do not last forever. Capitalism, as a globalizing political economic system committed to profit making and continual economic growth, has created a treadmill of production and consumption that is heavily dependent upon fossil fuels and has resulted in greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. read more
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How does “the commons” work? Animating David Bollier’s next system

This video animates David Bollier’s commons-based framework, which he argues could provide a critical template for de-commodification, mutualization, and the organization and control of resources outside of the market. read more
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What is a participatory workplace?

As part of our “New Systems: Possibilities and Proposals” series, Robin Hahnel sketched the basic contours of a model for a participatory economy. read more
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NYC Convening: Opening Plenary

This plenary opened the Next System Project’s 2016 NYC Convening. read more
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Our Inaugural Teach-Ins: Highlights from NYC

Participants and workshop facilitators from one of the inaugural Next System Teach-Ins share their thoughts and visions for a “next system.” This NYC Convening served as a platform for students, faculty, and community to unite and build together. read more
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Soul Fire Farm: Feeding the Soul, Growing Community

A farm in upstate New York is dedicated to addressing the painful history of farmwork to Black people in the US, while also growing fresh vegetables and community surrounding it. read more