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The fundamental challenge of 2022 and beyond

Our economy remains deeply unequal as it recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A dangerous gulf remains between the magnitude of the systemic challenge and the scope and scale of the responses.
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Our economy remains deeply unequal as it recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A dangerous gulf remains between the magnitude of the systemic challenge and the scope and scale of the responses.

The Healthcare Anchor Network launches as an independent organization

As a new organization, HAN looks forward to deepening its impact in the healthcare sector and reaching a critical mass of health systems adopting as an institutional priority improving community health and well-being.

Family wealth building isn’t enough: We must pursue community wealth building

To address growing wealth inequality, and in particular the racial wealth gap, we must build wealth in our communities. Community wealth building is a new way of thinking about economic development, poverty alleviation, and wealth creation and accumulation.

Revisiting community control of land and housing in the wake of COVID-19

As our housing crisis worsens during the COVID-19 pandemic, we urgently need new approaches and institutions that center permanent affordability, community ownership and control, and the long-term goal of decommodification.

Constructing the Democratic Public Bank: A governance proposal for Los Angeles

Public banks have the potential to address a host of economic, social, and ecological crises. This report proposes a democratic public bank model for Los Angeles and elsewhere that addresses key questions of how public banks can best live up to that potential.

How we are building the democratic economy...

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Theory and policy for a next system

We advance bold and transformative policy interventions that move the US and global political economy decisively toward systemic change through democratic ownership and control.
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A community wealth building movement

We promote policies and practices that transform local economic development strategies so that wealth stays rooted in communities and is democratically controlled to benefit all residents.
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Climate justice and energy democracy

In our push for a fossil-fuel-free future, we focus on structural issues of ownership, control, finance, and equity, underscoring how a just transition and a democratic economy go hand in hand.
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Next-generation enterprise design

We envision an entirely new concept of the company and a redefined role for capital and its institutions that are based on a new mandate to serve broad well-being and the public good.
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Racial equity and reparative justice

We confront the systemic racism that is deeply embedded in our political economy and work to ensure that the democratic economy we build is reparative and antiracist at its core.
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Anchor institution connections

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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The Veterans Health Administration—the country’s only fully public, integrated healthcare system—has a lot to tell us about how a national healthcare service for the United States might operate.

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Labor movements must pursue a social and economic vision that can address the deep structural inequalities these pandemic years have exposed. Preston gives a glimpse of the exciting possibilities that collaboration with unions could achieve.

Regeneration, not gentrification

New economy advocates must pivot in a new direction that blends place and the democratic economy into a holistic solution that sustains and preserves community over the individual. Ironically, this “new direction” borrows from an idea nearly 50 years old, originating in a tumultuous era of Black activism.

Health innovation for the people

The way we promote innovation in the healthcare sector does not meet the real needs of people for equitable access to affordable treatments. There is a better way that takes into account the knowledge and needs of marginalized people.