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The Democracy Collaborative and The Democracy Collaborative Workers' Union agree to fair severance package for laid-off staff

TDC and union members have agreed to a package of protections that goes well beyond the baseline severance provisions for layoffs agreed to in TDC’s union contract.

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November 10, 2020
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A difficult but necessary time at TDC: The truth about our reorganization

We are in the midst of a major reorganization to increase our impact and effectiveness. For the small handful of workers who are being affected, we are doing our utmost to arrive at an agreement with our union on a fair and generous severance package.

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After Trump, before Biden: What’s next for the American left?

Democracy Collaborative vice president Joe Guinan, who is also a contributing editor at Renewal, talks to Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite about the outcome of the US election, the unfolding crises of COVID-19, the openings for a transformative political economy and the strategies he would like to see

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'Amazon economy' gives the left a mandate for bold economic reform

This week expect to see political pundits once again coalesce, based on a superficial reading of the electorate, around the narrative that the election results are a mandate for center-rightism, a cautionary tale against progressive aspirations for a dramatic reshaping of our market-based political

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November 2, 2020
YouGov-Democracy Collaborative 2020 poll

Our poll shows a popular mandate for bold moves toward a democratic economy

The 2020 poll by YouGov for The Democracy Collaborative shows broad support for innovative policies that lead to a reparative and sustainable economy in which wealth and power are shared broadly.
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October 24, 2020
The New Systems Reader

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.
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Primary Health Care Is in Critical Condition. Making Primary Care Public Will Restore Its Health—and Protect Ours

The strain that the COVID-19 pandemic is placing on our entire healthcare system is threatening to decimate the primary care sector—the doctor’s offices and medical facilities that are the very foundation of any healthcare system. Just when Americans most need consistent and equitable access to high

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How to Make a Democratic Economy

In this week’s episode of The Laura Flanders Show, Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard of the Democracy Collaborative talk about their new book The Making of a Democratic Economy and explain what steps we need to take in order to create an economy that works for everyone. Watch the video at The Laura
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Trump Is Trying to Scare You With the “Socialism” Boogeyman

The Democracy Collaborative (and their vision of a post-COVID world), the New Economy Coalition and the Democracy at Work Institute […] are pointing the way toward a revived democracy, based on democratized ownership. Yes, socialism. When Republicans try to scare our communities into believing

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Announcing the Covid-19 Response Working Group

“As we plan for a process of rebuilding our society and restarting our economies post-COVID-19, we must try to make this the starting point for a profound transformation of our economic system to one that—by design—fosters community, democracy, sustainability, health and wellbeing. The actions we

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How can we build a British economy that is democratic by design after COVID-19?

[Community wealth building] must realise its potential to develop institutions and build a new ecosystem rooted in participation and ownership by the community that will ensure a power base for long-term sustainability. To do so the movement needs to be properly resourced and supported, both in

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Podcast: Is capitalism racist?

Part of the politics are in the conversation because once we start calculating what is owed, we begin to realise that only a complete transformation could accomplish it. For Ron Daniels of the National African American Reparations Commission and Ronald Galvin of the Democracy Collaborative, the

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How to Transform Research and Innovation for the Common Good

R&D has increas­ing­ly been direct­ed towards pri­vate inter­ests and pri­vate prof­it, result­ing in reduced pub­lic spend­ing on R&D as a per­cent­age of GDP and a reori­en­ta­tion of R&D spend­ing (both pub­lic and pri­vate) towards max­i­miz­ing prof­its, rather than align­ment with press­ing

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Set 2% target for public R&D spending to beat climate crisis, government is urged

In an article by Jon Stone, a Community-Wealth.org report is highlighted. “Ministers are being urged by policy experts to set a target to spend 2 per cent of the UK’s GDP on public R&D investment over the next 10 years, a huge increase aimed to fill gaps left by the private sector. The researchers

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In and against, and outside, the party

In an article in Red Pepper, Joe Guinan of The Democracy Collaborative argues that “following major defeats, the left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education.” It’s time to get concrete and specific about political

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Charting a Just and Sustainable Recovery for Scotland: A Plan for Scotland’s Programme for Government

“Moving forward on Scotland’s path to recovery will prove challenging and require bold action, as we navigate this multitude of intertwined crises. Out of this crisis, a new economic vision is needed to build a more equitable, sustainable, and democratic system. As the Scottish Government prepares

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Reclaim Public Medicine for Public Health

A statement released Thursday by a group that includes Next System Project director Dana Brown calls for redesigning our pharmaceutical sector so that it is accountable to the public to meet public health needs, rather than to the profit demands of corporate shareholders. “Medicines were long

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Repaying the debt owed to Black people requires a democratic and reparative economy

America owes Black folks. The modern-day prophet Ta-Nahesi Coates, drawing on the wisdom and generations-old fight of Black freedom fighters such as Mother Callie House, James Forman, Randall Robinson, and the Malcolm X grassroots movement, cogently made the case in his seminal article, “The Case

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Empowering local communities to build own wealth to recover from pandemic

In early July, the Democracy Collaborative, in partnership with the Anchor Collaborative Network, hosted a week-long Community Wealth Summit focused on leading institutions, government agencies and nonprofits in examining the economic recovery through a racial equity and community wealth building

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Leaked DNC Platform Draft Shows the Party Is Improving on Climate—Just Not Enough

Johanna Bozuwa, co-manager of the climate and energy program at The Democracy Collaborative, discussed the recent leak of the DNC platform on climate with Dharna Noor. “It is good to see commitments from the DNC platform to unionized jobs, investment in public and affordable housing, and commitments

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Cities Reclaim Privatized Utilities as Public Ownership Proves Itself – Thomas Hannah

Next System Project research director Thomas Hanna, in an interview with Paul Jay for TheAnalysis.news, discusses the growing global opposition to privatization of public services. “All across the world …people are reacting against the deficiencies of privatization and austerity and neoliberalism

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June 30, 2020
Community wealth summit

Community Wealth Summit

The summit is a week of virtual learning and place-based organizing to rebuild local economies around shared ownership and racial justice.
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June 10, 2020
Owning our future after COVID-19

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.
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June 3, 2020
George Floyd mural: I Can't Breathe

On the murder of George Floyd and the crisis engulfing our nation

We add our voices to the growing chorus of those insisting that without justice there can be no peace. This moment causes us to redouble our commitment to the fundamental belief that we must bring about deep systemic change.

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May 18, 2020
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Democratic digital infrastructure

The global spread of Covid-19 has shone a bright spotlight on both the vital need for reliable high-speed internet and the inadequacies of the for-profit, corporate model in delivering it. This paper, the first of four modules on democratic public ownership in the United Kingdom and the US, explores

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Ownership futures

If the 21st century is to be one of genuinely shared prosperity that is democratic and sustainable by design, new, more democratic models of public ownership will be needed for the commanding heights of the next economy, including our digital and natural resources. read more
May 13, 2020
The future is public

The Future is Public: Towards democratic ownership of public services

The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated that public services and the people who operate them are truly the foundation of healthy and resilient societies, This book explores a growing international (re)municipalization movement that is helping redefine public ownership for the 21st century.

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March 19, 2020
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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.

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November 22, 2019
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Building community wealth globally: The Kigoma-Preston collaboration

Introduction: The Kigoma-Preston Collaboration Deepening inequality and “jobless growth” are global trends, raising concerns about a dominant economic system that concentrates wealth in relatively few hands. One response is to advocate tax-and-spend redistribution, a retrospective attempt to correct

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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.

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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.

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May 20, 2019
Index of Systemic Trends

The Index of Systemic Trends

Download and read the report below. Introduction: Framing the long crisis For many Americans, the first years of the Trump presidency have brought into focus some of the large-scale challenges facing the country: the early onset of climate change (and intensifying natural disasters such as fires

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Enacting Progressive Policies Means Changing Our Culture

Peter Gowan, resident fellow at The Next System Project, joins Ring of Fire’s Sam Seder to talk about laying the foundation for Bernie Sanders’s progressive policies. They discuss Peter’s piece “A Plan To Win Socialism In America,” published in Jacobin.
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November 29, 2018
Families and Children in the Next System

Families and Children in the Next System

The current global economic system extracts a terrible price from children and families everywhere, even in many of the world’s richest countries, and especially in the United States. Indeed, the United States, whose leaders, both Republican and Democrat, proclaim its “exceptionalism” at every

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Our Common Wealth: The return of public ownership in the United States

This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the scope and scale of U.S. public ownership, debunking frequent misconceptions about the alleged inefficiency and underperformance of public ownership and arguing that it offers powerful, flexible solutions to current inequalities.

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An Indigenous Approach to Community Wealth Building: A Lakota Translation

Drawing on the work done in the Learning/Action Lab for Community Wealth Building, Stephanie Gutierrez explores how a systemic approach to inclusive local economic development needs a process of active translation to resonate with the traditional values at the core of Native communities.

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September 19, 2018
There is an alternative to neoliberalism

There is an Alternative to Neoliberalism

The Democracy Collaborative is excited to have partnered with openDemocracy and Commonwealth Publishing to produce a free e-Book, New Thinking for the British Economy, whose 14 essays will be available in pamphlet form at The World Transformed, a three day festival of ideas and organizing in

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July 9, 2018
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A Q&A on movement building, racial equity, and community wealth with Ronnie Galvin, the new VP of Engaged Practice at The Democracy Collaborative

With Ronnie Galvin joining The Democracy Collaborative as our new Vice President of Engaged Practice, we thought we’d sit down with him for a quick Q&A about the perspective he brings to community wealth building: John Duda, Director of Communications: There’s a lot happening right now to be

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July 2, 2018
The Crisis Next Time

The Crisis Next Time: Planning for Public Ownership as an Alternative to Corporate Bank Bailouts

Executive summary The next financial crisis is all but inevitable. While its exact timing and severity cannot be predicted, both the accelerating frequency of crises in recent decades and the continued consolidation of the banking sector in an increasingly financialized economy suggest that we

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April 11, 2018
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The Democracy Collaborative: 2017 Impact Report

[[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”6708”,”attributes”:{“alt”:”“,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”480”,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”371”}}]]Our new 2017 Impact Report highlights the work we did in the last year to build community wealth and advance a more democratic economy. It has been an incredible period of growth for The Democracy Collaborative and our projects, including The Next System Project, the Healthcare Anchor Network, and new transatlantic initiatives, especially in partnership with community wealth builders in the UK.

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April 2, 2018
Addressing the Systemic Challenge at the Heart of Escalating Inequality and Environmental Destruction

Addressing the Systemic Challenge at the Heart of Escalating Inequality and Environmental Destruction

Ted Howard’s remarks to the Environmental Funders Network in Cambridge, England, on February 2nd, 2018. These prepared remarks have been lightly edited for publication. Good afternoon. I want to begin by thanking the conference organizers for extending an invitation to address you during your

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March 19, 2018
CWB: 8 Basic Principles

Community Wealth Building: Eight Basic Principles

Based on Ted Howard’s remarks to the recent Alternative Models of Ownership conference, we’ve distilled the eight basic principles behind community wealth building—a transformative approach to local economic development—into this handy one page guide.

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November 22, 2017
A New Hedonism

A New Hedonism: A Post-Consumerism Vision

Download and share the PDF below. Introduction Consumerism is the major cause of global warming and wrecking the planet for future generations. It is driven by a growth economy that favors the ever-expanding consumption of the already very affluent and has allowed the gap between the richest and

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Democratising ownership to address wealth inequality

The Democracy Collaborative’s testimony to the U.K.’s leading progressive think tank on how to bring about a thoroughgoing democratization of our political economy. In the fall of 2017, Institute for Public Policy Research reached out to The Democracy Collaborative requesting evidence from the U.S. on broad-based ownership strategies and recommendations for how wealth can be generated and shared more equally.

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October 12, 2017
Next System Media

Next System Media: An Urgent Necessity

A personal introduction In the interest of full transparency, this essay is personal. When it comes to journalism, I’ve been on a career-long search for an effective, sustainable alternative to corporate mono-speak. In all that time, regular people have never had more communications capacity than we

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September 18, 2017
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Jessica Rose in EconoUs 2017

Jessica Rose — at EconoUs 2017 — a conference dedicated to creating shared prosperity between people, the planet, and the economy. EconoUs “builds on the long history of successful national conferences organized by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) and partners across the
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August 7, 2017
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Addressing Inequality at the Root: New Report Lays Out Systemic Drivers and Key Interventions

Addressing Inequality at the Root: New Report Lays Out Systemic Drivers and Key Interventions Almost half of all workers earn under $15 an hour and one in every seven Americans – 43 million people – live below the poverty line. A new report by the Next System Project, a project of the Democracy

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August 3, 2017
Reversing inequality

Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy

Introduction The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of income, wealth, power, and opportunity are part of global inequality trends, but US-style capitalism and public policy make inequalities more acute. Their observable and felt harm to our civic and economic life is corroborated by research

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Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth

In this book by The Democracy Collaborative’s co-founder, Gar Alperovitz lays out his vision for a next system. The approach and model outlined — the Pluralist Commonwealth — offers a trajectory and pattern for wide-ranging institutional change towards real democracy over the long haul, guided by a transformative vision beyond both corporate capitalism and traditional state socialism.

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Ted Howard Speech at Labour New Economics Conference

Ted Howard, co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative, gives a speech at the United Kingdom’s Labour Party’s New Economics Conference in Newcastle in 2017.
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Towards Gender Liberation

In this working paper, the Next System Project’s Cecilia Gingerich focuses on gender-based oppression, since it is both one of the fundamental characteristics of the current system and one that must be eliminated from any desirable alternative future system. The first section provides working definitions for key terms, while the second half turns to visions for the future.

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Jacksonville’s community wealth building roundtable: Local government convenes to seed a new idea for community development

In this report, Michelle Barth, the Mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff in Jacksonville, Florida, looks at how a municipal government can plan and carry out a successful community wealth building roundtable.

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Sparking the conversation in your community: A DIY guide to planning your own community wealth building summit

In this Community Wealth Innovators Series whitepaper, Justine Porter maps out how she and her grassroots team pulled together a community wealth building summit in Poughkeepsie, New York — and highlights the lessons learned so that you can benefit from their experience in planning your own community wealth building summit in your community.

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September 29, 2016
Framing the challenges of a next system after fossil fuels

Framing the challenges of a next system after fossil fuels

Systemic Crisis and Systemic Change in the United States in the 21st Century This new working paper from The Next System Project was prepared as an invited contribution to the “After Fossil Fuels: The New Economy” conference taking place in Oberlin, Ohio from October 6-8, 2016. In the paper, Next

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September 21, 2016
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The Movement for Black Lives Policy Agenda

Here at the Democracy Collaborative, we were incredibly excited when the Movement For Black Lives announced their policy agenda last month, underscoring the need to develop real systemic solutions to the drivers of systemic racial inequality in America (and honored to see that our work on building more inclusive local economies had found its way into a few pieces of this collaborative mosaic of transformative policies assembled by an incredible nationwide team of scholars, activists, and policy advocates). After studying and discussing the program internally, The Democracy Collaborative has decided as an organization to formally endorse the M4BL policy platform, not because we necessarily agree with every single detail of every recommendation, but because we believe it is an important contribution to a vital national conversation, and should be a key starting point in the urgently needed efforts to find policy solutions that address both the police violence inflicted with tragic regularity on too many individual Black lives, and the larger systemic violence inflicted on Black communities by an inequitable economic system. Below, our Community Development Associate Nicole Brown delves deeper into the structure and significance of the M4BL agenda and its connections to our work.

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The Pluralist Commonwealth

The Democracy Collaborative’s co-founder Gar Alperovitz sketches out the major institutions of a systemic alternative based in plural forms of democratic ownership, oriented around community at various scales — what he has called “The Pluralist Commonwealth.” Visit thenextsystem.org for more
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Conversations on Community Wealth Building

Drawing on a decade’s worth of conversations with key leaders in the growing field, from cooperative developers and community activists to impact investors and social enterprise innovators, this book of interviews from the Democracy Collaborative dives into the front lines of the movement to build community wealth.

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July 5, 2016
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Highlights from our Cities Building Community Wealth convening

There’s a movement building in cities across the country to reinvent economic development with a new focus on community wealth. Earlier this year, with the help of the Community and Economic Development Clinic at the CUNY School of Law and the Surdna Foundation, we hosted a daylong conversation with
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March 23, 2016
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Press Release: Mayor Warren Moves Forward in Job Creation Initiative, Releases Democracy Collaborative Report

NEWS RELEASE: CITY OF ROCHESTERMAYOR LOVELY WARREN, MAYOR (Wednesday, March 22, 2016) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced that the City will move forward with an initiative to bring more jobs to Rochester’s neighborhoods by developing and supporting employee-owned businesses. “As Rochester

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March 9, 2016
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Looking back at our impact in 2015

If I may paraphrase my fellow co-founder here at The Democracy Collaborative, the political economist and historian Gar Alperovitz, I invite you to see this moment we are living in as the prehistory of a period of fundamental change: the next American revolution. As Gar emphasizes, behind every

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Reinvent the Economy: Gus Speth joins Dave Gardner's podcast

Democracy Collaborative Distinguished Fellow and Next System Project co-chair Gus Speth speaks on Conversation Earth with Dave Gardner to discuss the past, present, and future of climate change and the detrimental growth of the economy: “We need to get beyond this consumerism, to get beyond our
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November 30, 2015
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A St. Louis organization goes above and beyond providing homes for communities

The killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent wave of protests illuminated for a national public the deep racial inequities in greater St. Louis. We sat down with Chris Krehmeyer, head of Beyond Housing, a local community development corporation founded
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Cities Building Community Wealth

In an era of persistent urban inequality and chronic unemployment disproportionately impacting historically marginalized communities and communities of color, new alternatives to the traditional economic development strategies are clearly needed. This report responds to this challenge by highlighting best practices in inclusive innovation from twenty cities across the country, and offering a unified vision of the underlying new paradigm of community focused economic development.

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Gar Alperovitz: Opening plenary address at SOCAP Conference 2015

Gar Alperovitz delivered the opening speech at the Social Capital Markets Conference of 2015, a convention of over 2,000 changemakers in the field engaging the topics of entrepreneurship and impact investing. He addressed these attendees at the opening plenary of the conference, followed by a panel
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Dangerous History: What the Story of Black Economic Cooperation Means for Us Today

Keane Bhatt of the Next System Project conducts an interview with historian and economic activist Jessica Gordon Nembhard, which is republished here by Yes! Magazine. Keane Bhatt, The Next System Project: Thank you for speaking with us. I was really excited to talk to you, because it seems that your

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Transforming cities, changing the system

The Next System Project’s newest video provides insight from economists, historians, and activists alike as they weigh in on what the “next system” will look like on a local level. Produced by the Democracy Collaborative’s Keane Bhatt. Contributors include Gar Alperovitz, Daniel Ellsberg, Sarita
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Getting to the Next System: Guideposts on the way to a new political economy

In the Next System Project’s second official report, project co-chair James Gustave Speth details the steps that must be taken to change the status quo of the political-economic system.

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The Next System Project at Left Forum 2015

We are in an era when systemic critique of the economic and political institutions of the United States is poised on the edge of mainstream consciousness: the realities of a changing climate, an irrationally destructive financialized economic system, a long and steady historical trajectory

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July 17, 2015
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Get the poster!

To accompany our new report Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth, we’ve produced this oversized doublesided 30” poster broadsheet, with the aim of distilling the key lessons of the report into an accessible and engaging format for broad distribution. If you’d like a copy, we’re

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June 29, 2015
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PolicyLink's Angela Glover Blackwell on systemic racism

In this powerful clip, PolicyLink’s Angela Glover Blackwell connects today’s unrelenting cases of police violence to systemic causes, underlining the urgency of systemic solutions. “You, as an individual in this society,” she concludes, “may not carry personal racism. But that does not keep the
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June 26, 2015
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What is Community Wealth Building?

Traditional economic development wastes billions of dollars of taxpayer money to subsidize the profit of corporations with no loyalty to the communities who foot the bill. But there’s an alternative: community wealth building, which focuses on building collaborative, inclusive, and locally controlled economies. Learn more in this animated explainer video.
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June 11, 2015
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Economics Of Sustainability Conference

Gar Alperovitz gives the keynote address at the Economics of Sustainability Conference in San Francisco for the Praxis Peace Institute on October 6, 2014.
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National Launch Webinar: The Next System Project

The national launch webinar of The Next System Project, streamed live on May 20, 2015, sparking a conversation on systemic solutions to systemic crisis. With: Gar Alperovitz, co-chair of The Next System Project Gus Speth, co-chair of The Next System Project Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief
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April 20, 2015
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New Memoir Charts Gus Speth's Political Evolution

By definition distinct from the status quo, radical ideas must always evolve. Still, Gus Speth has had a particularly unusual evolution to his current role as Co-Chair of The Democracy Collaborative’s Next System Project, which launched on March 31, 2015 and seeks to build upon our work on community wealth and take it to scale by opening up a broad national debate in the United States about much-needed systemic change.

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March 31, 2015
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The Next System Project

Growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring. It is time to explore genuine alternatives and new models—“the next system.” Click here to read the
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The Next System Project: New political-economic possibilities for the 21st century

An overview of The Next System Project and the need for systemic solutions for systemic crisis.

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The Democracy Collaborative: 2014 Impact Report

Our 2014 Impact Report highlights the work we’ve done across the country in 2014 to advance community wealth building and systemic transformation.

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Local policies for building community wealth

We need to move beyond ‘projects’ and towards policies that help build and sustain community wealth, says John Duda of the Democracy Collaborative. At the Democracy Collaborative, we’re interested in finding ways to build community wealth at scale — that is, in finding ways to anchor capital

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Gar Alperovitz on The Laura Flanders Show

In this week’s program, Laura Flanders talks with Gar Alperovitz, professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and author of numerous books, the most recent of which is “What then must we do - straight talk about the next American revolution”, on the movement for a new economy. With
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Gar Alperovitz and David Harvey in conversation

Reposted from GritTV: David Harvey and Gar Alperovitz have been thinking, writing and speaking about capitalism for decades. David Harvey is a widely cited author of, among other things, Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism. Gar Alperovitz is co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative
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Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources

This report showcases some key emerging best practices in state and local policy-making to support community wealth building — designed to support economic inclusion goals, create quality jobs with family-supporting wages, address generational poverty, stabilize communities and the environment, and address growing wealth inequality.

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July 31, 2014
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Gar Alperovitz in the closing plenary session of the CommonBound conference

The Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz offers his thoughts on the path to a new, more sustainable and more equitable economy at the keynote panel of the New Economy Coalition’s CommonBound conference: “Intersecting Worlds: The One We’ve Got, The One We’re Building, The Ones We Imagine
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June 23, 2014
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City governments building community wealth and cooperative local economies

The past few weeks have seen a flurry of impressive activity at the level of city government, all around policies designed to build community wealth and encourage the growth of cooperative local economies. It’s encouraging to see that the work of grassroots developers, local foundations, community activists, and field builders (like ourselves here at the Democracy Collaborative) is beginning to gain a foothold in the world of municipal policy.

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June 13, 2014
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Gar Alperovitz: Closing keynote at the AAAS Climate Change Summit

At the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Summit on Climate Change Resilience and Governance, Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz offered these 15 closing comments.
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Building Community Wealth: An Action Plan for Northwest Jacksonville

This report, prepared by the Democracy Collaborative and submitted to the City of Jacksonville, Florida, highlights key strategic opportunities to leverage existing assets to build wealth in a neighborhood facing concentrated poverty and disinvestment.

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Democratic Wealth: Building a Citizens' Economy

Democracy Collaborative senior fellows Marjorie Kelly and Joe Guinan and senior researcher Thomas Hanna each contribute chapters to a new free e-book, Democratic Wealth: Building a Citizens’ Economy. The authors discuss economic institutions, alternative economic system designs, and forms of

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Long-Term Agenda to the New Economy

National People’s Action strategic reflections on how grassroots organizing needs to be oriented towards the systemic transformation of economic institutions.

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Economic Democracy

Democracy Collaborative Research Director Steve Dubb along with Executive Director Ted Howard and Research Associate Sarah McKinley contributed the chapter “Economic Democracy” to the two-volume encyclopedia, Achieving Sustainability, now available courtesy of Gale Publishing. They outline the history of the economic democracy movement, highlighting community wealth building strategies such as community development finance institutions and cooperatives.

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November 6, 2013
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The Union Co-op Model

There’s a groundswell of activity among labor unions exploring worker cooperatives as a way to create and preserve jobs, and one of the most exciting efforts in this growing movement is the development of the “union co-op model.”

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Mondragón and the System Problem

Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz and Senior Researcher Thomas Hanna discuss the challenge of sustaining and building participatory decision-making structures and organizations within a corporate capitalist system. They note the recent bankruptcy filing of Fagor Electrodomésticos

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What Then Can I Do?: Ten ways to democratize the economy

Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz and community development associate Keane Bhatt provide 10 concrete action steps that individuals and groups can take to foster democratic economies and build community wealth. Using on-the-ground examples, they show how to engage credit unions, build employee-ownership structures, work with hospitals and universities to forge community partnerships and more.

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The Possibility of a Pluralist Commonwealth and a Community Sustaining Economy

This essay by Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz and Research Director Steve Dubb opens the academic symposium journal issue on “Alternatives to Capitalism.”

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June 3, 2013
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Atlanta book launch for What Then Must We Do?

Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz began his national book tour in Atlanta, with a presentation and panel discussion with local community wealth builders, co-sponsored by the Partnership for Southern Equity and Georgia Stand Up, and held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National
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April 4, 2013
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The Next American Revolution

While there’s been no shortage of commentary about the structural crisis plaguing the American economic and political system, from wage stagnation and chronic unemployment to unchecked corporate and state power and growing inequality, analyses that offer practical, politically viable solutions to
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What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution

This book from political economist and historian Gar Alperovitz, the co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, outlines how we can democratize wealth and build a community sustaining economy from the ground up.

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GRITtv with Laura Flanders: What Then Must We Do?

“If you counted poverty the way every other nation in the world counts it a quarter of our society is in poverty,” says political economist Gar Alperovitz. So why is it then, that Alperovitz also says we may be witnessing the pre-history of the next American Revolution? What’s up? Alperovitz
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The New Alliance: Organizing for Economic Justice, Building a New Economy

This working paper by Gar Alperovitz and Steve Dubb examines how “new strategies of worker ownership within a community framework can function as the linchpin of an approach capable of uniting economic justice organizers, progressives, labor, and environmental activists.”

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October 5, 2012
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Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work

This new documentary highlights the work of the Mondragon Cooperatives as well as companies across the United States, such as the Evergreen Cooperatives, which are owned and governed democratically by their employees. The film, which aired on PBS stations across the country in the summer of 2014
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C-W Interview: Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Co-operative Union

An interview with Seikatsu Club co-op delegation from Japan, by Steve Dubb, Research Director of The Democracy Collaborative. Translation by Ryoko Shimizu (Seikatsu Club Consumers Cooperative Union). Delegation Members Takayuki Watanabe, Chief Managing Director, Seikatsu Club Consumers’ Cooperative

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June 5, 2012
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PolicyLink's Angela Glover Blackwell interviews Ted Howard

The Democracy Collaborative’s Ted Howard outlines how community wealth building can help empower marginalized communities in an interview with PolicyLink’s Angela Glover Blackwell.
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New thinking for city finances

City finances have long been under pressure, but the Great Recession and steady attacks on federal and state spending have compounded local financial difficulties. The National League of Cities’ annual research brief, City Fiscal Conditions, documents rapid deterioration. Reported revenue declines

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Conversations with Great Minds: Prof. Gar Alperovitz, America Beyond Capitalism

Thom Hartmann is joined by Professor Gar Alpervitz.

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America Beyond Capitalism

How thousands of co-ops, worker-owned businesses, land trusts, and municipal enterprises are beginning to democratize the deep substructure of the American economy, with a new introduction by the author, Gar Alperovitz, and a new foreword by James Gustave Speth. More info and ordering at www

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Climate Change, Community Stability, and the Next 150 Million Americans

Putting forth a vision of green community wealth building, in which community-anchored enterprises, linked to sophisticated and decentralized planning, support stable and sustainable local economies, this study outlines how truly integrated approaches can help America meet the sustainability challenge.

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Rebuilding America’s Communities: A Comprehensive Community Wealth Building Federal Policy Proposal

Anyone concerned about the state of America’s communities today must give serious thought to how public policy can support on-the-ground practitioners. This report from The Democracy Collaborative outlines an ambitious 10-year strategy to meet that goal.

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Rebuilding America's Communities: A Comprehensive Community Wealth Building Federal Policy Proposal

This report draws upon practical experience accumulated over the years in many areas and proposes a strategic approach to integrate, expand, and coordinate a powerful array of activities focused on promoting community wealth building in the nation’s distressed communities. Or, to put it more simply

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Cooperatives and Public Policy: A Partnership in Progress

Read Gar Alperovitz and Steve Dubb’s report “Cooperatives and Public Policy: A Partnership in Progress” below.

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Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems

The first across-the-board survey of innovative, asset-based strategies that are advancing social purposes.

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