Marjorie Kelly is Executive Vice President and a Senior Fellow 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


Cities Building Community Wealth

In cities across the nation, a few enjoy rising affluence while many struggle to get by. This situation is created in part by the practices of traditional economic development. Current trends threaten to worsen, unless we can answer the design challenge before us. Can we create an economic system—beginning at the local level—that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone? This groundbreaking report, co-authored by Marjorie Kelly and Sarah McKinley of the Democracy Collaborative, profiles growing movement of municipal governments and organizations uniting to change the paradigm of economic development, truly showing the way forward to build community wealth.
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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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