Marjorie Kelly has been interviewed for TV and radio and has been a guest on several podcasts focused on employee ownership, growing a democratic economy and systems change. She has also delivered numerous keynotes for a variety of progressive conferences and and occasionally teaches classes on emerging social architectures for a new economy. Below are selected TV, radio, and podcast interviews as well as keynote addresses and panel discussions that feature Kelly and her work promoting system change: moving from an extractive economy that serves the few to one that is democratically controlled and benefits workers, communities, and the planet.
Radio and Podcasts: Selected Interviews
The Mindful Marketplace with Joel Skene. Neighborhood Economics: Crafting an Economy of Care Beyond Corporate Greed (February 15, 2024). Host Joel Skene and Marjorie explore a world where wealth doesn’t rule, but serves all of society. After taking a look at the perilous waters of wealth’s impact on our natural resources and social divisions, they move on to discuss worker-owned businesses pioneering the “democratic economy.”
Laura Flanders Show. Deadly Capitalism: How Wealth Supremacy Is Killing Us (February 4, 2023). Marjorie returns to the Laura Flanders Show to discuss why it is that despite all the amazing “alternatives” created in the form of land trusts, coops, ESOPs, credit unions, and so on, the work to transform the economy seems to be losing ground.
Women’s Way. From Extraction to Equity –Tackling Wealth Supremacy. Diane Cornman-Levy, chief disruptor of Women’s Way, talks with Marjorie about the interssection of wealth supremacy and the gender wealth gap. Presentation cosponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia and also available in Spanish.
WBAI New York Leonard Lopate at Large. Marjorie Kelly on Marjorie Kelly (December 2023). Host Leonard Lopate and Marjorie discuss “the problem that we still aren’t talking about”–an economic system designed for the wealthy– as well as the solution–a democratic economy.
Solidarity Hall. Hosts Elias Crim and Elizabeth Garlow talk with Marjorie about the capital bias at the core of our economic system, how to delegitimize it, and how to imagine and grow a democratic economy.
Radio Ecoshock: Wealth Supremacy vs. Climate Doom (November 15, 2023). Host Alex Smith explores with Marjorie how the wealth machine for the 1 percent is behind the destruction of the planet.
The Exchange. Siouxland Public Media (November 17, 2023). Marjorie speaks with host Mary Hartnett about the extractive economy and the dangers of a society that is half democratic and half plutocratic.
The Analysis News. “Wealth Supremacy vs. The Democractic Economy” (November 9, 2023). Marjorie Kelly speaks with Colin Bruce Anthes about the core myths that entrench “wealth supremacy,” and how these myths must be challenged if we are to reinvent our economy through democratized ownership.
All Together Now, with Host Eleanor LeCain. (October 26, 2023). In this hour-long interview, Marjorie and Eleanor explore community wealth building and what the Biden administration can do to build an economy that works for all. Listen to the full interivew.
Yes! Presents: Rising Up with Sonali. “Wealth Supremacy” and How to Build a Democratic Economy (October 17, 2023). Sonali speaks with Marjorie about the extractive economy, the need for a great ownership transition, and how to build a movement for a democratic economy.
Keeping Democracy Alive: Wealth Supremacy on Autopilot (October 17, 2023). Marjorie speaks with host Burt Cohen about capital bias and the need to democracticize the economy.
The Climate Pod: Ending Wealth Supremacy (October 4, 2023). Marjorie talks with co-hosts Brock & Ty Benefield about the need to delegitimize the myths of extractive capitalism to lay the groundwork for the transformative change necessary to address the climate emergency.
Two Worlds, One Country. Moving Beyond Capitalism with Marjorie Kelly (October 9, 2023). Marjorie talks with host Anthony Flaccovento about the structure of capitalism, how we can do better, and whether we can really democraticize the economy.
Chasing Finanical Equality. The Climate and Finance Emergency are One Emergency (September 26, 2023). Marjorie talks with host Kane Jackson about how the multiple global crises we face are directly related to a financial system that considers “no amount of profit ever enough.”
Impact Alpha: What Is Wealth Supremacy, How Does It Drive Crises, and What Can Be Done about It? In this podcast, Marjorie speaks with editor and CEO David Bank about how impact investors can challenge assumptions about profit maximization and help build a democratic economy.
Aspen Institute (September 12, 2023). Maureen Conway, vice president at The Aspen Institute and leader of the Economic Opportunities Program, talks with Marjorie Kelly about wealth bias and how this system of bias prevents us from solving problems of economic opportunity that plague our nation.
Laura Flanders Show: Catastrophic Capitalism in 2023 (September 10, 2023). Marjorie Kelly discusses Wealth Supremacy and how the extractive economy is driving today’s ecological, social and political crises, with Laura Flanders and Edgar Villanueva.
Chasing Financial Equality (September 26, 2023). Host Kane Jackson discusses with Marjorie how solving the climate crisis goes hand in hand with solving the finance emergency–there is too much wealth, in too few hands. Democratic ownership, along with a finance system that prioritizes public good, offer potential solutions.
Laura Flanders Show: How to Make a Democratic Economy (October 16, 2019)
On this episode of the Laura Flanders Show, Marjorie and Ted Howard discuss their newly released book, The Making of a Democratic Economy.
Next Economy Now: Democratizing the Economy from the Ground Up (August 2018)
In this interview with Lift Economy partner Ryan Honeyman, Marjorie discusses the election of Trump and its correlation with the economic challenges faced in Appalachia and rust belt states as well as The Democracy Collaborative’s work supporting Native American businesses and what listeners can do to support rural economic development.
The ESOP Podcast (April 12, 2021)
Episode 146: Social Capital Partners & Taylor Guitars Financing
On January 11, 2021, in a video for employees, Taylor Guitars announced that it had transitioned to 100 percent employee ownership. An agreement that could be called the NAFTA of employee ownership, it is majority funded by Canada’s Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, with additional capital from Social Capital Partners, and establishes the first US-based Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for Mexican workers. In this episode of the ESOP podcast Marjorie and Jon Shell of Social Capital Partners talk with host Bret Keisling.
Aspen Institute (November 2016)
How do you design an economy for broad-based prosperity, for good jobs, for family financial security? That’s an economy with broad-based ownership and community control, says Marjorie Kelly.
Keynotes and Webinars
Kelly has delivered keynote addresses for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE); the New Economics Foundation in London; the Annual FEASTA Lecture in Dublin, Ireland, for the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability; and the Green Party of Sweden. Other keynotes have included the University of Wisconsin Business and Human Rights Series, the Net Impact Annual Spring Forum at the University of Washington, the Alliance for Democracy Convention, the Hope in Action Conference, the Society for Business Ethics, the Sustainable Business Symposium at the University of Oregon, the Hamline Dialogues at Hamline University, the Association for Moral Education, the Midwest Progressive Elected Officials Network, and others.
EcoCiv Dialogues: The Next Economy (April 30, 2020) The coronavirus pandemic revealed the deep failures of our global economic order are being revealed. Is this the end of the neoliberal era? What will the economy look like after COVID-19? Marjorie joins Kate Raworth (Doughnut Economics), Stewart Wallis (Wellbeing Economy Alliance), David Korten (Living Economies Forum), Gunna Jung (Economic Advisor to Seoul Metropolitan Government) to discuss these weighty questions.
Who Owns Vermont?, Keynote Address, New Economy Week, October 15, 2014, Montpelier, VT
In her keynote address for New Economy Week, Kelly explained that there are two primary kinds of ownership: EXTRACTIVE, which seeks to extract maximum profits, and GENERATIVE, which is life serving. Generative ownership models are profit-making but not profit-maximizing. You can read about Kelly’s address and the discussion that followed in notes from the event and this story from Vermont Digger. Also, you can watch this video of a panel discussion moderated by Kelly.
From the Fringe to the Leading Edge: Generative Design Goes to Scale, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, May 2012, Grand Rapids, MI
From the Fringe to the Leading Edge: Generative Design Goes to Scale May 17, 2012, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Classes and Lectures
Kelly has delivered presentations at universities, including Cornell University, the University of North Carolina, Harvard, Macalester College, Scripps College, Boston College, Colorado State University, Hawaii Pacific University, and many others. With Peter Barnes she taught a course at Schumacher College in England entitled “Can the Earth Survive Capitalism? Exploring Sustainable Economic Models.” With Fritjof Capra she taught a four-day residential program at Schumacher called “Business and Sustainability: From Complexity to Responsibility,” looking at systems thinking and its lessons for creating organizations that mirror life’s adaptability and creativity.
Kelly served as Visiting Scholar at Ohio Wesleyan University and was the Jean Kohr Visiting Lecturer at Hood College. At Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis, Kelly taught classes on “A Zen Approach to Building a Just Economy” and “Dogen and Right Livelihood.”