What We Do
The Center for Economic Democracy advances visions and practices
for a just and sustainable world after capitalism.
Educate and inspire
people who seek a world beyond capitalism
Launch & steward
campaigns & collaboratives
to build democratic economies
to heal communities and our relationship to the living earth
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.
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.
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.