As we look ahead to a new decade, it is apparent that our world has reached an inflection point. The old ways of operating simply do not work anymore and we face an uncertain and ever more challenging future. As The Democracy Collaborative’s (TDC) Director of European Programs Sarah McKinley remarked at the recent Meaning Conference in Brighton, England, “we’ve spent too long cleaning up the edges of a system that puts extraordinary power in the hands of a few.”
Climate change is an unprecedented global social, political, and economic crisis and will undoubtedly be one of the most prominent political and economic challenges of the 2020s. As we explore potential solutions, we can look at our history for tools to catalyze action at the scale and magnitude we need. Our latest report, authored by Director of Research Thomas M. Hanna, explores the surprisingly rich history of nationalization in the US, demonstrating that there is historical precedent for leveraging the economic power of government to address large-scale social and economic crises.
Earlier this month, The New York Times featured an article about the work of The Democracy Collaborative’s Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN), highlighting how this growing collaboration of 45 health systems is shifting the healthcare field to invest in addressing one of the root causes of poor health: economic insecurity. The article features quotes from myself and Director of Healthcare Engagement David Zuckerman, as well as leading voices in the field and local residents at the heart of these anchor strategies.