The Next System Podcast is a regular series that examines the systemic challenges facing society today and the bold, systemic solutions that can build the society of tomorrow. Learn more about the Next System Project at www.thenextsystem.org.
Earth Day at 50
For a new generation of climate activists, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day is not a day of celebration but a day of mobilization combined with a sober critique of why the ideals of the first Earth Day are still so far from being realized.
Direct action, moms, and a housing crisis
Dominique Walker left her hometown of East Oakland for university, only to come back to find it gentrified and her neighbors displaced. This week, she shares the story of how she and Moms 4 Housing, an activist group pushing for American recognition of housing as a human right, took direct action against a real estate speculator and reclaimed its property for the people.
Talking racial trauma, healing and reparations with La June Montgomery Tabron
As a Black woman leading one of the nation's most prominent philanthropic organizations, La June Montgomery Tabron is taking on the challenge of addressing the impact of systemic racism on families and communities. She talks with Rev. Ronnie Galvin Jr., The Democracy Collaborative's vice president for racial equity and the democratic economy, about the work of truth-telling, racial healing and "looking at the systems that need to shift so that families and children can thrive."
The end of employee ownership at New Belgium and why it matters
New Belgium Brewing has been held up as a shining example of what could be possible through worker ownership. Bu now that it's been purchased by an international conglomerate, there are new questions about the best strategy and models for turning workers into owners. We talk to Jessica Rose, co-founder of the worker ownership advocacy organization Fifty by Fifty, and to two experts in advancing alternative ownership models, Camille Kerr and Jason Wiener.
Why Now Is The Time For a "Job Guarantee Now!"
Today's so-called "full-employment economy" still fails millions. We talk to Policy Link's Sarah Treuhaft and Darrick Hamilton of the Kirwan Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity about the campaign for a federal jobs guarantee and why now is the time to fight for transformative changes in the job market.
On "The Making of a Democratic Economy" (W/ Ted Howard and Marjorie Kelly)
This week, we sit down with Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard, co-authors of "The Making of a Democratic Economy". In it, they tell the stories of people that–from Portland to Preston–are already working to establish a just, sustainable, and accountable economy. You can purchase their book online at ademocraticeconomy.org, where you can find an independent bookstore in your area.
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