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

Report: Towering Excess

The Perils of the Luxury Real Estate Boom for Bostonians

North American Fair Trade Activists Denounce Trump’s NAFTA Bullying

Leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the United States demand a trade deal that lifts up people and communities in all three countries.

Our New Gilded Statistical Golden Age

We know a great deal more about how unequal we’ve become than our progressive forbears did in America’s original Gilded Age. But can data fuel a fight for a more equal world?

‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Encourage Dangerous Vigilantism

Some Americans call the cops on black people for frivolous reasons. Others appoint themselves judge, jury, and — sometimes — executioner.

Who Was the Real Maverick: McCain or Trump?

John McCain was a politician, not a maverick — he played ball, and sometimes compromised. Trump is the true maverick: He’s batshit crazy and there’s no dealing with him.

The Degrowth Movement Challenges the Conventional Wisdom on Economic Health

A coalition of academics and activists are taking on the dogma of growth and calling for a radical reorganization of the economy.

D.C. Restaurant Reaches $1.5 Million Settlement Amid Tipped Pay Debate

A class-action lawsuit against a D.C. institution underscores the need for one fair wage.

Punitive, Zero Tolerance Policies Are Endangering Our Students

Restorative justice is a promising alternative to arming teachers and putting cops in schools. And we can prove it.

Election Fight Over Immigration is Fraying Sweden’s Social Fabric

While the ruling red-green bloc is running on an anti-inequality agenda, an insurgent anti-immigrant party is drowning out their message with fearmongering.

What Trump Means by the ‘Deep State’

Sure, federal agencies have acted illegally — when the president tells them to. Trump’s war on the “Deep State” is entirely about impunity for himself.