Communities worldwide want economies that are stronger, greener, fairer, more resilient, more democratic, and more diverse. Jobs must be created, climate change addressed, infrastructure repaired, schools upgraded, and more.The Local Economic Direct Democracy Association (LEDDA) Partnership is paving the way by developing and testing a new, local, parallel economic system that complements and competes with existing systems.
This first-of-its-kind partnership is intended to become a diverse and global association of academic, civil society, government, business, and philanthropy groups tasked with the mission of developing and testing the LEDDA framework. The global public will also have opportunity to offer input and support. This is a bold, 10-year, 70 million-dollar-project to scientifically explore sustainable foundations for 21st century society.
The LEDDA framework is based on the 2014 book, Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being.
LEDDA (Lē´dǝ) n. Local Economic Direct Democracy Association. A membership-based, community benefit corporation that implements a secondary economic framework as a local overlay to an existing city or regional economy. The framework offers all members roughly equal and direct opportunity to influence their local economy.
The LEDDA framework provides greater organization to a local economy, one hard-wired for cooperation and steeped in democratic decision-making processes.
A simulation model of a county-level LEDDA economy has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Selected results are discussed on this website and in the book.
Work of the LEDDA Partnership will span multiple fields, including education, ecology, labor, climate, poverty, public health, economics, finance, business, agriculture, sociology, manufacturing, law, computer science, statistics, technology, media, literature, public administration, political science, international relations, and conflict resolution. Details are provided in the LEDDA Partnership 10-Year Strategic Plan. Interested academic, philanthropic, and other groups are invited to inquire about participating.
If full funding is secured, the Principled Societies Project will be hiring roughly 50 professional and support staff over the coming years. Please view the strategic plan for details. Individuals interested in working for the Principled Societies Project are invited to send a resume and brief introduction via email. When positions become available, job descriptions will be posted on this website.