Looking around at the wreckage left in the wake of the world economy's latest crisis, veteran business journalist Marjorie Kelly noticed that some institutions were left relatively unscathed. What did they have in common? The key, Kelly realized, is seemingly obscure: ownership. Prominent among the survivors were organizations that combined the flexibility of traditional private ownership with a focus on the common good.
We are in the midst of the most creative period of economic innovation since the Industrial Revolution. To understand these emerging ownership alternatives, Kelly reports from all over the world. This is not a moment for old solutions and tired approaches. As we enter a new era of limits, alternative ownership designs can help it become an era of fairness, sustainability, and community.