Our Work

At IPS, our work is centered in our vision: we believe everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. Our intersecting programs and initiatives, led by a diverse group of expert staff and associate fellows, are helping to shape progressive movements toward this vision.

Latest Work

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Corporations Should Share the Wealth Before Buying Back Stock

Senator Sanders has introduced a bill that would ban Walmart and other big corporations from repurchasing their stock unless they narrow the gaps between CEO and worker pay.
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Is Korea’s Cold War About to End?

The media is missing the real story on the peninsula. If that gives Koreans space to lead, maybe that's not such a bad thing.
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Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room

It’s hard not to feel that all of humanity deserves a Darwin award when you see the effects of recent superstorms, the vanishing of polar ice, and the heedless drilling for oil and gas everywhere.

Help Spread the Word: #AgriculturalCooperatives

Thank you for helping us spread the word about our report: Agricultural Cooperatives
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What We Took Away From the 2018 Midterm Elections

Spending records, voter suppression, and high youth turnout mark the most expensive midterm elections of all time.

Phyllis Bennis Discusses News That 6 Palestinians Were Killed by Israeli Fire in Southern Gaza

A senior commander of Hamas' military wing was among the Palestinians recently killed in the Gaza raid.

Phyllis Bennis on the Rising Crisis in Gaza and a Potential Ceasefire

A recent Israeli special forces operation inside the Gaza Strip killed 7 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier. Is a ceasefire on the way?
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The House Has Gone Democratic. Can It Now Go Bold?

Vague rhetoric about 'access to health care' and 'good jobs' won't challenge the plutocracy that keeps our lives brutal. These proposals could.
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Baltimore Voters Stand Up to Water Privatization

In a rare instance of progressive preemption, the city's voters told private water corporations to leave them alone.

Report: Agricultural Cooperatives

Opportunities and Challenges for African American Women in the South
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2018 Midterm Elections: A Ballot Initiative Breakdown

Voters in several states passed measures to protect and expand the rights of people across the country.
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We Have Movement Work To Do

If more registered voters—more young people, more people of color, more poor people, more women, more immigrants and students and workers and activists—had voted, things might be just a bit better. That's our real challenge.
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America’s Wealth Dynasties Are Getting Even Bigger

The three wealthiest U.S. families own a combined fortune of $348.7 billion. While some earned it, many simply inherited it, and that's a problem.
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How Aristocracies Are Born

Our country is on track to be run by the children of billionaires. Our ancestors recognized this and took action. We can too.
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An Honest Look at Poverty in the Heartland

Hardship is a lot more widespread in the Badger State than the official numbers would have you believe.
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Trump’s Only Election Strategy Was Racism

Republicans can only win by racial gerrymandering and voter suppression. And Trump can only win by using fear and racism.
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The 'Blue Wave' Was Also a 'Muslim Wave'

In the most Islamophobic election in history, Muslim candidates scored big wins by embracing progressive policies.
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Midterm Takeaway: We Need a Lot More Democracy

Republicans banked this election on lies, fear-mongering, and rule-rigging. It almost worked.
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6 Women of Color Who Campaigned for Congress on Inequality and Won

Each is heading to Washington to advance a bold social and economic justice agenda, with a strong focus on reversing inequality.
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A Half-Degree Change in Temperature, a 180-Degree Change in Thinking?

Global temperatures are rising unmanageably quick, but a shift in public consciousness could lead to the climate policy changes we desperately need.