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One lesson a year of COVID-19 has taught us

For many people, the pandemic has ripped off the sunglasses that masked the true colors of our political economy. The question now is whether we will settle for a superficial and ephemeral recovery of the old system or use our capacity to build a new system.

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For many people, the pandemic has ripped off the sunglasses that masked the true colors of our political economy. The question now is whether we will settle for a superficial and ephemeral recovery of the old system or use our capacity to build a new system.

Owning Our Future After COVID-19

The Democracy Collaborative is putting forward a five-point plan for national economic reconstruction and community transformation as the nation faces a once-in-a-generation opening to build a better world.

COVID-19 and 21st century public ownership

COVID-19, an epochal event, has made the case for reimagining the ownership and governance of our economies on both sides of the Atlantic more urgent than ever. An agenda to extend democratic public ownership is essential.

How localities can save small businesses through local economy preservation funds

Dramatic interventions are necessary to preserve local businesses at risk of failure due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local economy preservation funds can purchase and hold these enterprises and prepare them to flourish in the recovery.

The New Systems Reader: A 'landmark book' for an unprecedented time

This book highlights some of the most thoughtful, substantive, and promising answers to how to reshape an economy battered by a global pandemic on top of the looming climate crisis, chronic structural racism, and worsening wealth inequities.

How we are building the democratic economy....

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Theory and Policy for a Next System

Working on both sides of the Atlantic, we are advancing bold interventions in transformative policy that move the window of possibility decisively towards systemic change.
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Leveraging Anchor Institutions

We are creating a national movement of anchor institutions—place-based nonprofits like universities and hospitals—working together to build community wealth.
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Racial Equity and the Democratic Economy

Building a truly democratic economy means having the courage to collectively center and confront the effects of historical and ongoing racism in the way today’s economy is built.
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Catalyzing a movement to build community wealth

We have successfully advanced, defended, and normalized the notion that local economic policy should directly create and support economic institutions that deliver democratic outcomes.
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Next Generation Enterprise and Systemic Design

We need to envision and create an entirely new concept of the company—a just and democratic firm—designed for a new mandate: to serve broad well-being and the public good.
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Climate justice and energy democracy

Our emphasis is where climate and energy meet structural issues of ownership, control, and finance, underscoring the connection between a just transition and a democratic economy.
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A federal resolution calls for a shift to public power. Image by andreas160578 from Pixabay

The resolution by Reps. Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman shows how we can replace the privatized, fossil-fueled, and racist energy system that we live with today with a public and community-controlled energy system that is rooted in justice.

A New Era of Public Power
New Yorkers have the opportunity to demand, build, and benefit from a more democratic and equitable energy system. This report shows how the New York Public Authority can play a central role in meeting the state's sustainability and equity goals.
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The following statement is issued in reaction to the trial verdict in the death of George Floyd: Today we are relieved that a measure of justice was served in the trial of the Minneapolis police officer in the murder of George Floyd. Yet, as we absorb the verdict of the trial, we still must grapple