A Civic Economy of Provisions – SEED

A Civic Economy of Provisions

Marvin T. Brown

An economy built around civic relations instead of property relations: focusing on the civic economics of provision

Marvin Brown presents a model for the next system in which economic activity is based not solely on property ownership or the free market but on civic membership in a “global civil society.” He advocates a new approach to system change that would re-frame our social structures around civic relations. Oriented around families, communities, attachments, and mutual identities, this civic economy of provisions would ensure that all people have access to food, housing, health care, and education. “The civic,” for Brown, is centered around conversations that take on difficult social and economic issues and ask participants to “draw on their shared humanity to listen and learn from one another.” Thus, instead of specific designs, Brown proposes civic conversations that would bring together those who work in each area of provision and ask them to design new arrangements based on common needs. More than a specific formula, he offers a means by which people could collaboratively design a next system, while also setting out some of the fundamental changes that would be required to make such civic conversations possible.

(annotation from http://thenextsystem.org/new-systems-series-volume-2/?mc_cid=e4be75fa8a&mc_eid=9c68c0d7de)







The Next System Project (contact: nextsystem@democracycollaborative.org)