Marjorie Kelly is a Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects with The Democracy Collaborative. Her recent book, Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, released in 2012 by Berrett-Koehler, has won a Nautilus Book Award. Kelly previously was a Fellow at Tellus Institute, and cofounder/President of Business Ethics magazine. For five years she was a lead consultant on the Ford Foundation’s WealthWorks initiative.

Recent Publications

Owning Our Future


Winner of the 2013 Nautilus Silver Book Award

In her 2012 book, Kelly explores many experiments with new forms of ownership, which she calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come. To understand these emerging alternatives, Kelly reports from all over the world, and finds the five essential patterns of ownership design that make these models work. And she explores how they may hold the key to the deep transformation that our civilization needs. Read more…

The Economy: Under New Ownership

In the Spring 2013 issue of Yes! Magazine, Kelly defines how cooperatives are leading the way to empowered workers and healthy communities. Read more…


The Architecture of Enterprise: Redesigning Ownership for a Great Transition

In Volume 22 of The Good Society, Kelly contributes a piece for a symposium on Alternative to Capitalism edited by, and with a lead article by Gar Alperovitz and Steve Dubb of the Democracy Collaborative. For a free version of substantially the same piece, click here. To purchase the Good Society piece, click here.

Keeping Wealth Local

Shared Ownership and Wealth Control for Rural Communitiesby Marjorie Kelly and Shanna Ratner. Report for the Ford Foundation, November 2009

An overview of local and shared ownership designs in use in rural areas, such as cooperatives, community land trusts, municipal ownership, conservation easements, and others. This report is a guide to various models, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of each model, with sources of assistance and working examples throughout. Prepared for the Wealth Creation in Rural Communities project of the Ford Foundation.



Community Foundation Roundtable

January 14, 2015, Worcester, MA

Senior Fellow Marjorie Kelly will be speaking at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation presenting: A New Anchor Mission for a New Century, Community foundations deploying all resources to build community wealth as part of the Associated Grant Makers' Community Foundation Roundtable series..

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