Adam Simpson joined The Democracy Collaborative as a Program Associate with the Next System Project in October 2016 where he works on financial and monetary policy as well as an upcoming project on universal basic income. Adam is also the co-host of the Future Left podcast, which focuses on a wide variety of progressive issues but most notably technological impacts on society.
By Adam Simpson, Shari Davis, Alexander Kolokotronis, Loriane Ngarambe, The Next System Project
In terms of broader systems change, participatory budgeting, when adopted, marks a real change in the way that folks do business, a real change in the way that government operates. For me, and for many folks, this is a beginning of a larger participatory democratic wave...
By Adam Simpson, The Next System Project
So solidarity economy is a relatively recent term. It is a number of things. It is a global movement to build an economy that works for people and planet and it is an alternative to capitalism. It is also a set or practices that align with solidarity economy principles.
By Adam Simpson, David Bollier, The Next System Project
I realized that the commons had great potential as an alternative political vision that is not some unified movement or ideology, like in the past, but something that is locally distributed and grounded in things that people love and want to protect. So, the commons is about sharing those things that belong to all of us that we want to protect in our ability to manage them for our purposes.
By Adam Simpson, Kate Raworth, The Next System Project
So sometimes you meet people who say, "Oh, I'm involved in a local cooperative and we're developing open source software," or "we're setting up a complementary currency in our neighbor." It can all sound a bit small and marginal and kind of niche activity. I often think it gets dismissed as that, hooky stuff around the edges of the economy. What I wanted to do with that quote is say, actually, this is the creation space of a new future.