The Center for Economic Democracy 

advances visions and practices for a just and sustainable economy after capitalism.

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Our Team

Our Partners

Our History

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Center for Economic Democracy is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Center for Economic Democracy 2019

What We Do

The Center for Economic Democracy advances visions and practices

for a just and sustainable world after capitalism. 

Our Strategies

Educate and inspire

people who seek a world beyond capitalism

Launch & steward 

campaigns & collaboratives

to build democratic economies

Redirect capital

to heal communities and our relationship to the living earth

Our Programs

Solidarity Economy Initiative is a project of Massachusetts-based social movement groups and funder-allies that resources base-building groups to "build the new" as a symbiotic strategy with their essential resistance work. SEI funds "Just Transition" projects through the Solidarity Economy Fund, a pooled grant-making vehicle governed by SEI's grassroots leaders.

  Solidarity Economy Initiative (SEI)

The Boston Ujima Project is a cooperative business, arts and investment ecosystem built by and for Boston's working class Black, Indigenous and communities of color.  The Ujima network of community solutions includes a time bank, grassroots community standards, local business alliance and the Ujima Fund, the nation's first democratic investment fund. 

  Boston Ujima Project  

Policy Campaigns

and Research

CED convenes and/or partners with allied groups to advance policy campaigns that shift ownership and control to the people, often launched through multi-stakeholder study groups. Current projects include a city-wide Divest/Reinvest campaign and explorations to advance participatory budgeting, elected police oversight and democratic land allocation through Boston City Charter reform. 

Capital Advisory

and Funder Organizing

CED partners with foundations, wealth managers and funders to develop approaches to investment and philanthropy that are grounded in a reparations framework and center social movement leadership and community needs.

Local Movement Infrastructure

As part of a network of Boston-based movements groups, CED is working to establish joint administrative and book-keeping capacity for local grassroots nonprofits and a shared movement space in Boston. CED also offers organizational capacity for aligned projects, including fiscal sponsorship, technical assistance and hosting local funds that advance economic democracy, including the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign's Just Reinvestment Fund.

Employee Ownership

CED works in coalition with worker owners, grassroots organizations and the broader cooperative support ecosystem to advance employee ownership in the City of Boston and to build alignment and power across Massachusetts.

Workshops and Trainings

CED designs and facilitates participatory workshops on a range of topics including solidarity economy, economic democracy and community-controlled finance. In 2019, we co-presented Economics for Emancipation with the Center for Popular Economics, and led trainings for Boston Organizing School, Climate Justice Alliance and Dream Defenders, in addition to our direct partners.