Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own

David Bollier

In Viral Spiral, David Bollier chronicles the movement for open-source software and other freely available common tools.

Localist Movements in a Global Economy

David J. Hess

MIT Professor David Hess examines community ownership and its potential for promoting social justice and environmental sustainability.

Unjust Deserts: How The Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance And Why We Should Take it Back

Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly

Unjust Deserts illustrates how most wealth depends on our "common stock of knowledge," thus making today's growing inequality morally indefensible. Written by Democracy Collaborative co-founder Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly of Demos.

The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads

Rita Axelroth Hodges and Steve Dubb

Authored by Rita Axelroth Hodges and Steve Dubb as part of Michigan State University Press' series on Transformations in Higher Education, the book features ten in-depth cases and examines how universities, by pursuing an anchor institution mission to improve surrounding communities in cooperation with community partners, can positively impact the welfare of low-income residents.

America Beyond Capitalism

Gar Alperovitz

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.

Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution

Marjorie Kelly

As long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing financial income for the few, our economy will be locked into endless growth and widening inequality. But now people across the world are experimenting with new forms of ownership, which Kelly calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for all of life to thrive for many generations to come. These designs may hold the key to the deep transformation our civilization needs.

To understand these emerging alternatives, Kelly reports from across the globe, visiting a community-owned wind facility in Massachusetts, a lobster cooperative in Maine, a multibillion-dollar employee-owned department-store chain in London, a foundation-owned pharmaceutical in Denmark, a farmer-owned dairy in Wisconsin, and other places where a hopeful new economy is being built. Along the way, she finds the five essential patterns of ownership design that make these models work.

Regional Economic Development in Theory and Practice

Richard M. McGahey and Richard M. McGahey and Jennifer S. Vey, Editors
Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America's Older Industrial Areas