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People’s Power: taking control of the energy transition

Dawson suggests something like the strategy outlined the Democracy Collaborative for bringing the oil and gas sector into public ownership. Governments would prepare the way for socialisation by undermining the sector’s market value through the removal of the subsidies it currently receives, and

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Climate Change: The Other Health Crisis

Hospitals are often major employers, and they command large budgets for services such as catering and laundry. But too often, that spending benefits national corporations rather than the hospital’s neighbors. In the depths of the Great Recession, The Democracy Collaborative co-founder Ted Howard set

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Turning the small business crisis into an opportunity for equitable employee ownership

Rather than standing by as a wave of corporate buyouts and consolidations undermine local economies and further exacerbate wealth inequality, social impact investors could become the agents of a sweeping economic transformation anchored in broad-based employee ownership. They could turn the current

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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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The Virus and the City: A Small Business Reading List

Beyond a general understanding, significant effort has been made over the past 20 years across five necessary dimensions to grow local and minority-owned business: demand access, business support, capital access, place-based initiatives, and community benefits. Demand access fits within the broader

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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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The profit maximizing corporate model must evolve

The Democracy Collaborative’s vice president Marjorie Kelly says that in the radically altered COVID-19 landscape, talk is especially cheap, and that it’s past time for the dominant corporate model to radically change. It’s also time to take dramatic action to stop the evisceration of the small

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The COVID Vaccine “War”: Screws Loose in our Moral Framework

The Democracy Collaborative proposes a publicly owned pharmaceutical industry, the purpose of which would be to develop lifesaving medication for all rather than maximizing shareholder profits. Decisions that put people first would make sure medications were developed to treat rare diseases and that

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Template for a Cooperative Network of Small Architecture Practices

Worker-owned cooperatives are increasingly taking hold in the U.S in response to extreme pressures on American workers in the current economy. A leading organization in this movement is the Democracy Collaborative, that has created a series of worker-owned coops in Cleveland, OH, called the

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