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Marjorie Kelly has joined The Democracy Collaborative as a Senior Fellow and Director of Consultancy Services. Her new 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

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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…

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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 with a lead article by Gar Alperovitz and Steve Dubb. Read more…

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.

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Events

2014 Policy Conference - Shared Prosperity Agenda

April 6, 2014, Worcester, MA

Marjorie Kelly will participate in a panel session at the 2014 Policy Conference, hosted by Progressive Massachusetts. The conference will focus around the Shared Prosperity Agenda, emphasizing greater commitment to employee ownership, benefit corporations, cooperatives and other elements of generative ownership.


Economic Growth and Environmental Constraints: Investing in a Sustainable Future

April 26, 2014, Cambridge, MA

Marjorie Kelly will participate in a panel discussion at the Economic Growth and Environmental Constraints: Investing in a Sustainable Future conference, co-sponsored by the MIT student chapter of the New Economy Coalition and the Center for Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). Kelly will speak on the importance of ownership structures for determining the direction of the new economy. The conference will be open to the public, and will take place from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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