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The Making of a Democratic Economy

The Making of a Democratic Economy is a clarion call for a movement ready to get serious about transforming our economic system. Illuminating the principles of a democratic economy through the stories of on-the-ground community wealth builders and their unlikely accomplices in the halls of institutional power, this book is a must read for everyone concerned with how we win the fight for an economy that’s equitable, not extractive.

The book cover for The Making of a Democratic Economy, on a field of raised hands

The Making of a Democratic Economy is a clarion call for a movement ready to get serious about transforming our economic system. Illuminating the principles of a democratic economy through the stories of on-the-ground community wealth builders and their unlikely accomplices in the halls of institutional power, this book is a must read for everyone concerned with how we win the fight for an economy that’s equitable, not extractive.

Protect the vulnerable, advance the democratic economy: Our statement on the COVID-19 crisis

We are in a period of breakdown, in which all that is wrong with the current system is now being laid bare. Rather than rebuild what we now clearly see should never have been, we must lead the construction out of this crisis of something new.

Medicine For All: The case for a public option in the pharmaceutical industry

Democratic, public ownership of pharmaceutical development, production, and distribution in the U.S. is necessary to combat the increasingly harmful impacts of Big Pharma which decades of regulation have failed to counteract.

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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We are in a period of breakdown, in which all that is wrong with the current system is now being laid bare. Rather than rebuild what we now clearly see should never have been, we must lead the construction out of this crisis of something new.

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The Healthcare Anchor Network submitted public comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), expressing our opposition to HUD’s proposed changes to the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.

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Leading experts believe that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure widespread access to safe and effective vaccines that are developed with taxpayer money. In this virtual press briefing, hear why the U.S. government should develop and manufacture vaccines and other essential medicines so that we get the medicines we need, when we need them and at prices we can afford.

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March 2, 2020

Events Manager

The Events Manager will support and collaborate with four highly dynamic program teams at The Democracy Collaborative which strive to activate anchor institutions to leverage their substantial place-based assets to build community wealth and a democratic economy. The person in this role will plan