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TIME TO FACE THE DEPTH OF THE SYSTEMIC CRISIS

There are political-economic system models that deliver
superior social, economic and ecological outcomes

The challenging realities of 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.

We are at or near the bottom among advanced democracies across a score of key indicators of national well-being—including relative poverty, inequality, education, social mobility, health, environment, militarization, democracy, and more.

We have fundamental problems because of fundamental flaws in our economic and political system. The crisis now unfolding in so many ways across our country amounts to a systemic crisis.

Today’s political economic system is not programmed to secure the wellbeing of people, place and planet. Instead, its priorities are corporate profits, the growth of GDP, and the projection of national power.

Large-scale system change is needed but has until recently been constrained by a continuing lack of imagination concerning social, economic and political alternatives. There are alternatives that can lead to the systemic change we need.

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Time to Face the Depth of the Systemic Crisis We Confront

It’s time for everyone who cares about our troubled country to face the depth of the systemic crisis we now confront as a nation. We must step back from the daily fray and ask: How do we actually get on a path to the kind of society—and world—we’d like now and for future generations? We must begin a real conversation—locally, nationally, and at all levels in between—on how to respond to the profound challenge of our time in history.

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending,” Lincoln said, “we could better judge what to do.” Today’s answer to Lincoln’s charge is grim. If one looks at “where we are” among advanced democracies across more than a score of key indicators of national well-being—including relative poverty, inequality, education, social mobility, health, environment, militarization, democracy, and more—we find ourselves exactly where we don’t want to be: at or near the bottom.

We Face a Systemic Crisis

The challenging realities of growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When big problems emerge across the entire spectrum of national life, it cannot be due to small reasons. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring. We have fundamental problems because of fundamental flaws in our economic and political system. The crisis now unfolding in so many ways across our country amounts to a systemic crisis.

Today’s political economic system is not programmed to secure the wellbeing of people, place and planet. Instead, its priorities are corporate profits, the growth of GDP, and the projection of national power. If we are to address the manifold challenges we face in a serious way, we need to think through and then build a new political economy that takes us beyond the current system that is failing all around us. However difficult the task, however long it may take, systemic problems require systemic solutions.

We Need Systemic Solutions

The social pain arising from the economic crisis, the steady unfolding of the climate calamity, and many other deeply troubling developments have made it possible to pose the question of large-scale system change in a serious fashion in the United States. Yet, despite this new space for a debate about fundamental change, challenges to the system have until recently been constrained by a continuing lack of imagination concerning social, economic and political alternatives. It is said that the existing system is the only possibility, one we must accept and work with—that, as Margaret Thatcher famously insisted, “There is no alternative.” But she had it wrong.

There are Real Alternatives

The good news is that the inability of traditional politics and policies to address fundamental challenges has fueled an extraordinary amount of experimentation in communities across the United States—and around the world. It has also generated an increasing number of sophisticated and thoughtful proposals for transformative change. Together these developments suggest that it is possible to build a new and better America beyond the failed systems of the past and present.

Indeed, new terms have begun to gain currency among diverse social movements and activist communities—an indication that the domination of traditional thinking has already started to weaken. Thus we encounter the sharing economy, the caring economy, the solidarity economy, the restorative economy, the regenerative economy, the sustaining economy, the resilient economy, and, of course, the new economy. There is talk of the need for a great transition. Several of these approaches already have significant networks and thoughtful research efforts underway. New thinking by creative scholars and members of the labor movement and community-oriented advocates is also contributing to the ferment.

Time for a National Debate

It is time for Americans to think boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic difficulties facing the United States. It is time to explore genuine alternatives and new models—“the next system.” It is time to debate what it will take to move our country to a very different place, one where outcomes that are truly sustainable, equitable, and democratic are commonplace.

Those of us signing this statement are committed to working towards these ends.

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SIGNATORIES

Gar AlperovitzThe Next System Project
James Gustave SpethThe Next System Project
Jane MansbridgeHarvard University
Gerald HudsonService Employees International Union
Annie LeonardGreenpeace USA
Robert B. ReichUniversity of California at Berkeley
Dean BakerCenter for Economic and Policy Research
Barbara EhrenreichAuthor
Jeffrey D. SachsColumbia University
Gerald TorresCornell University Law School
Larry CohenCommunications Workers of America
Julie MatthaeiCornerstone Cohousing
Leo GerardUnited Steelworkers
John James Conyers, Jr.Thirteenth District, Michigan
Bill McKibben350.org
Saskia SassenColumbia University
Frances Fox PivenCity University of New York
Manuel PastorUniversity of Southern California
J. Phillip ThompsonMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Oliver StoneAcademy Award-winning Filmmaker
Medea BenjaminCODEPINK
Timothy E. WirthUnited Nations Foundation and Better World Fund
Sarita GuptaJobs With Justice
Noam ChomskyMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Van JonesThe Dream Corps & Rebuild The Dream
Lawrence MishelEconomic Policy Institute
Roxanne Dunbar-OrtizCalifornia State University
Daniel EllsbergAuthor, Whistleblower
Herman E. DalyUniversity of Maryland
Ralph NaderConsumer Advocate, Author, Former Presidential Candidate
Ai-jen PooNational Domestic Workers Alliance
Anna GallandMoveOn.org Civic Action
Danny GloverActor, Social Activist
Tom MorelloMusician, Activist
Jill Stein2012 Green Party Presidential Nominee
Nancy FraserNew School for Social Research
Hilary AbellProject Equity
Dean AbrahamsonUniversity of Minnesota
Frank AckermanSynapse Energy Economics
Paul S. AdlerUniversity of Southern California
Kali AkunoMalcolm X Grassroots Movement
Michael AlbertParticipatory Economy vision
Lindsey AllenRainforest Action Network 
Patrick Almonrode350NYC
Rev. Dr. Jim AntalUnited Church of Christ
Angela AtwoodCollege Houses
Robert U. AyresINSEAD - Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires
Jay Thomas Bad Heart BullNative American Community Development Institute
Gianpaolo Baiocchi,New York University
Gopal BalakrishnanUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Jill BamburgPinchot University
Aman BanerjiRoosevelt Institute Campus Network
Peter BarnesWith Liberty and Dividends for All
Ed BarryPopulation Institute
Allison BasileImpact Hub DC
Ben BeachyPublic Citizen
Phyllis BennisFellow, Transnational Institute
Suzanne BergeronWomens’ Studies and Social Sciences University of Michigan Dearborn
Elaine BernardHarvard Law School
Rajasvini BhansaliInternational Development Exchange
Deepak BhargavaCenter for Community Change
Keane BhattJournalist, Activist
Kai BirdAuthor, Biographer
Angela Glover BlackwellPolicyLink
Ron BlackwellUNITE and AFL-CIO
Joseph BlasiSchool of Management and Labor Relations Rutgers University
May Boeve350.org
David BollierCommon Strategies Group
Heather BoothDemocracy Partners
Craig BorowiakAssociate Professor of Political Science Haverford College
James K. BoyceUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Jessica Brackman,New Economy Coalition
J. Alan BrewsterWorld Resources Institute
Robin BroadAmerican University
Ellen H. BrownPublic Banking Institute
Lester R. BrownEarth Policy Institute
Peter G. BrownMcGill University
Jennifer and Peter BuffettNoVo Foundation
John BurroughsLawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
Dallas BurtrawCenter for Climate and Electricity Policy Resources for the Future
Marco ButtazzoniButtazzoni Consulting
Jacqueline CabassoWestern States Legal Foundation
Jose Zapata CalderonPitzer College
Katie CampbellAynah
John CavanaghInstitute for Policy Studies
Marta CeroniDonella Meadows Institute
Karen ChappleUniversity of California, Berkeley
Robin ChaseCo-Founder, Zipcar
Theresa ChelikowskyFlorida Alliance of Community Development Corporations, Inc.
Leslie ChristianLeslie E Christian LLC
Tiy ChungSCORAI
Christina A. ClampSouthern New Hampshire University
Mary M. ClevelandColumbia University
Jaimie CloudCloud Institute for Sustainability Education
David CobbMove to Amend
Maurie CohenNew Jersey Institute of Technology
Jonathan CohnTellus Institute
Peter ColavitoService Employees International Union
Romand ColesNorthern Arizona University
Chuck CollinsCo-Founder, Wealth for the Common Good
Melvyn ColónSouthside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance
Ken ConcaSchool of International Service American University
Christine G. CorderoCenter for Story-Based Strategy
Teresa CórdovaUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Jose CoronaInner City Advisors (ICA)
Robert CostanzaSolutions
Harvey CoxHarvard University
Reid CramerNew America Foundation
Charlie CrayGreenpeace
Andrew CumbersProfessor of Management Adam Smith Business School University of Glasgow
Ronnie CumminsOrganic Consumers Association
Dayna CunninghamMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Elliott CurrieLaw and Society University of California, Irvine
Brian CzechCenter for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
Bob DandrewNew World Foundation
Gerald DavisUniversity of Michigan
Michael C. DawsonUniversity of Chicago
Gopal DayaneniMovement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project
John de GraafTake Back Your Time
Boaventura de Sousa SantosUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Peter DreierOccidental College
Steve DubbThe Democracy Collaborative
Riley E. DunlapOklahoma State University
Ethan EarleThe Working World
James Counts EarlyInstitute for Policy Studies
Farhad A. EbrahimiThe Chorus Foundation
David EhrenfeldRutgers University
Michael EisenscherUS Labor Against the War
Gerald EpsteinPolitical Economy Research Institute University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Jon D. EricksonUniversity of Vermont
Sara Day EvansProsperity Collective
Elena FairleyProspera Co-ops
Richard FalkPrinceton University
Joshua FarleyUniversity of Vermont
Anika FassiaPublic Works
Jeff FauxThe Servant Economy
Eli FeghaliNew Economy Coalition
Richard FeldmanJames and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Deeohn FerrisSustainable Community Development Group
Eric M. FinkElon University
Lorenzo FioramontiCentre for the Study of Governance Innovation
Richard FlacksUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Bill Fletcher, Jr.Institute for Policy Studies
Margaret FlowersIt's Our Economy, PopularResistance.org
William E. ForbathUniversity of Texas Austin
John Bellamy FosterUniversity of Oregon
Omar FreillaGreen Worker Cooperatives
George FridayUS Social Forum
Deborah FriezeBoston Impact Initiative
John FullertonCapital Institute
Douglas GambleManufacturing Renaissance
Laura GangGreater Boston Move to Amend
Herbert J. GansColumbia University
Dave GardnerGrowthbusters
Todd GitlinCommunications Columbia University
Tim Glynn-BurkeHarvard University
George GoehlNational People’s Action
Alexis GoldsteinThe Other 98%
Eban GoodsteinBard College
Neva GoodwinEnvironment Institute, Tufts University
Linda GordonNew York University
Greg GrandinNew York University
Alisa GravitzGreen America
William GreiderThe Nation
John A. GrimYale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Christopher GunnHobart and William Smith Colleges
Robin HahnelPortland State University
Gwendolyn HallsmithGlobal Community Initiatives and Vermonters for a New Economy
Ian F. Haney-LópezBerkeley
Hildegarde HannumSchumacher Center for a New Economics
Donna HarawayUniversity of California at Santa Cruz
Rev. Fletcher HarperGreenFaith
Keith HarringtonInternational Student Initiative for Pluralist Economics
Lisa HasegawaNational Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Paul HawkenProject Drawdown
Randy HayesFoundation Earth
Richard HeinbergPost Carbon Institute
Seymour HershJournalist
Rita Axelroth HodgesUniversity of Pennsylvania
Jeffrey HollenderSeventh Generation
Melissa HooverDemocracy at Work Institute
Ted HowardThe Democracy Collaborative
Louise A. HowellsUDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Joshua HumphreysCroatan Institute
Leah Hunt-HendrixNew Economy Coalition
Jonathan T. Isham, Jr.Middlebury College
Nick IuvieneMIT Community Innovators Lab
Janine JacksonFairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Sushil JacobBerkeley Law
David JacobsMorgan State University
Saru JayaramanFood Labor Research Center University of California, Berkeley
Christopher JencksHarvard University
Christina A. JenningsNorthcountry Cooperative Development Fund
Anne R. KapuscinskiDartmouth College
Jenny KassanCutting Edge Capital
John B. KasselConservation Law Foundation
Tim KasserKnox College
J. Kēhaulani KauanuiWesleyan University
Emily KawanoCenter for Popular Economics
Michael KazinDissent Magazine
Esteban KellyNational Cooperative Business Association
Marjorie KellyThe Democracy Collaborative
Camille KerrDemocracy at Work Institute
Lee KetelsenCentral Massachusetts Move to Amend
Shamus KhanColumbia University
David KortenLiving Economies Forum
Fran KortenYES! Magazine
Nicolas KosoyMcGill University
Dan KovalikUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Law
Benjamin KunkelUtopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis
Peter KuznickAmerican University
Alnoor LadhaThe Rules
Erik LampmannResearcher, Activist
Marilyn LangloisCalifornia Planning Commissioner
Rabbi Michael LernerNetwork of Spiritual Progressives
Andrea LevereCorporation for Enterprise Development
Ariana LevinsonUniversity of Louisville
Mark LevinsonService Employees International Union
Andrew LichtermanWestern States Legal Foundation
Alison LinganeProject Equity
Penn LohTufts University
Michelle LongBusiness Alliance for Local Living Economies
Roberto LovatoUniversity of California, Berkeley
Thomas E. LovejoyGeorge Mason University
L. Hunter LovinsNatural Capitalism Solutions
Stephanie LuceCUNY School of Professional Studies
Paul LussierYale University Science Communications With Impact Network
Christopher MackinOwnership Associates, Inc.
Jerry ManderInternational Forum on Globalization
Gabriel MandujanoWash Cycle Laundry Inc.
Ben ManskiLiberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution
Peter MarcuseUrban Planning Columbia University
Abby MartinMediaRoots.org
Rania MasriAmerican University in Beirut
Bob MassieNon-Profit Executive
Dick MazessUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Robert W. McChesneyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Heather McCullochAsset Funders Network
Heather McGheeDemos
Gayle McLaughlinCity of Richmond, California
Repa MekhaNexus Community Partners
Pam McMichaelHighlander Research and Education Center
Zia MianPrinceton University
Stacy MitchellInstitute for Local Self-Reliance
Anuradha MittalThe Oakland Institute
Marissa MommaertsTransition US
Vanessa MosesCausa Justa: Just Cause
Yolanda T. MosesUniversity of California Riverside
Jamal Mubdi-BeyOffice of Community Outreach Sojourner-Douglass College
Carroll MuffettCenter for International Environmental Law
James MummNational People’s Action
Caryn McTighe MusilAssociation of American Colleges and Universities
Peter NeillWorld Ocean Observatory
Bruce NelsonDartmouth College
Jessica Gordon NembhardCity University of New York
Thomas NewmarkThe Carbon Underground
Helena Norberg-HodgeThe Economics of Happiness
Richard B. NorgaardUniversity of California, Berkeley
Bertell OllmanNew York University
David W. OrrOberlin College
Noel OrtegaInstitute for Policy Studies
Richard L. OttingerPace Law School
Thomas PalleyEconomic Policy Institute
Christian ParentiNew York University
Raj PatelUniversity of Texas, Austin
Carole PatemanUCLA
Michael Alden Peck1worker1vote.org
David PellowUniversity of Minnesota
Antonio PérezHousing Authority of the City of Milwaukee
Francisco PerezActivist
Carlos Pérez de AlejoCooperation Texas
John PerkinsNew York Times Bestselling Author, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Tova PerlmutterEngine of Progress
Sarah M. PikeCommon Enterprise Development Corporation
Brenda PlattInstitute for Local Self-Reliance
Rachel PlattusNew Economy Coalition
Alicia PlerhoplesGeorgetown University Law Center
john a. powellUniversity of California, Berkeley
Joni PradedChelsea Green Publishing
Vijay PrashadTrinity College
Will RaapNew Economy Coalition
Carolyn RaffenspergerScience and Environmental Health Network
M.V. RamanaPrinceton University
Kelly RamirezSocial Enterprise Greenhouse
Marcus RaskinInstitute for Policy Studies
Paul RaskinTellus Institute
Dave ReedFund for Democratic Communities
Lauren ResslerResponsible Endowments Coalition
Anne ReynoldsUniversity of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Burton RichterStanford University
Corey RobinBrooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center
Doria RobinsonUrban Tilth
Belinda RodriguezNew Economy Coalition
Joel RogersCenter on Wisconsin Strategies
Euneika Rogers-SippSustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF)
Richard RosenTellus Institute
Heather L. RossResources for the Future
Peter RughSystem Change Not Climate Change
Sonia E. SachsMillennium VIllages Project 
Maliha SafriDrew University
Rachelle C. SampsonUniversity of Maryland, College Park
C. Otto ScharmerPresencing Institute
Maya SchenwarTruthout.org
Juliet SchorBoston College
Jonathan SchwarzThe Intercept
David SchweickartLoyola University Chicago
D’Artagnan ScorzaSocial Justice Learning Institute
Deborah ScottGeorgia Stand Up
Naoko ShibusawaBrown University
Aisha ShillingfordActivist
Michael H. ShumanThe Local Economy Solution
William ShutkinPresidio Graduate School
Nikki SilvestriSocial Innovation Strategist
Alan SmithRoosevelt Institute
Marcie SmithResponsible Endowments Coalition
Richard SmithInstitute for Policy Research & Development
Norman SolomonInstitute for Public Accuracy
Saket SoniNew Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice
Kaitlin Sopoci-BelknapMove to Amend
Steven StollFordham University
Sarah StranahanFree Speech For People
Lee StuartCHUM
Cathy SwainThe Hub of Human Innovation
David SwansonWorld Beyond War, RootsAction.org
Aaron TanakaBoston Impact Initiative
Linwood TauheedUniversity of Missouri - Kansas City
Astra TaylorThe People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age
Marnie ThompsonFund for Democratic Communities
John TirmanCenter for International Studies Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rodolfo D. TorresUniversity of California, Irvine
Mary Evelyn TuckerYale University
Joe UehleinLabor Network for Sustainability
Alayne UnterbergerFlorida Institute for Community Studies
Kabzuag VajFreedom Inc.
Juanita Valdez-CoxLa Union del Pueblo Entero
Sarah van GelderYES! Magazine
Carlos L. VelascoFuerza Local Arizona
Peter A. VictorYork University
Stewart WallisNew Economics Foundation (London)
Michael WalzerDissent Magazine
Cheyenna Layne WeberSolidarityNYC
Mark WeisbrotCenter for Economic and Policy Research
Allen L. WhiteTellus Institute
Ed WhitfieldFund for Democratic Communities
Judy WicksBeautiful Business
Wendy Willbanks WiesnerPartnership for Affordable Cohousing
Steven WilliamsThe Partnership CDC
Billy WimsattGamechanger Labs
Felipe WitchgerCommunity Purchasing Alliance Cooperative
Susan WittSchumacher Center for a New Economics
Richard D. WolffThe New School University, New York
George M. WoodwellWoods Hole Research Center
L. Randall WrayUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
Erik Olin WrightUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Emily WurthFood and Water Watch
Daphne WyshamInstitute for Policy Studies
Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar Brown University
Kevin ZeeseIt's Our Economy, A project of Popular Resistance
Deidre ZollUniversity of Vermont
Joseph TomainUniversilty of Cincinnati College of Law
Sofia Lopez
Jonathan Moscat
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Roy Dimon
LaDona Wheatley
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Dorothy Nelson
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Bruce Mason
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Rianna Lloyd
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Paul Decker
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ABOUT THE NEXT SYSTEM PROJECT

The Next System Project is an ambitious multi-year initiative aimed at thinking boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic challenges the United States faces now and in coming decades. Responding to real hunger for a new way forward, and building on innovative thinking and practical experience with new economic institutions and approaches being developed in communities across the country and around the world, the goal is to put the central idea of system change, and that there can be a “next system,” on the map.

NEXT SYSTEM PROJECT CO-CHAIRS

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Gar Alperovitz

Co-Chair of the Next System Project, former Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, and Co-Founder of the Democracy Collaborative. He also serves as a founding board member of the New Economy Coalition.

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Gus Speth

Co-Chair of the Next System Project, board member of the New Economy Coalition, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, and Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1999 to 2009.

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