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


A New Anchor Mission for a New Century

It was in 2005 that the highly regarded Monitor Institute report declared that the field of community foundations was “On the Brink of New Promise,” and in the decade since, there have been countless working groups and initiatives to introduce innovative approaches to the field. At the same time, largely beneath the radar, a small but growing group has begun pursuing the innovative path we explore here. Mostly in small steps—but sometimes in larger ways—they are adopting elements of what could emerge as a new anchor mission to deploy all resources to build community wealth. Read more…

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.



Taking Back What We Already Own: A Forum on Social Ownership

September 25, 2015, Boston, MA

Marjorie Kelly will be speaking at Encuentro 5 with Nancy Goldner of Hub Public Bank and Julie Matthaei of the Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network (BASEN) at an event sponsored by Hub Public Banking, BASEN, Boston Chapter, Democratic Socialists of America, and the Democracy Collaborative..

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