Can the academy meet the moment? The promise of Next System Studies

Can the academy meet the moment? The promise of Next System Studies

Nonprofit Quarterly just published an exciting new profile on Next System Studies and the fight to make the university an agent of democratic system change, authored by NSS at Mason's very own Dr. Ben Manski. In this piece, Manski makes the case for why we need the Next System in the academy, exploring its key concepts, contributions, and dilemmas. 

The conceptual framework of Next System Studies focuses on understanding and addressing systemic crises through systemic movements, system design, and system change. By engaging in interdisciplinary work and collaborating with practitioners, Next System scholars seek to develop solutions to social, economic, and ecological challenges.

Initiatives like Democratizing Northern Virginia at GMU aim to enhance democracy in various aspects of society. This holistic approach connects classroom teaching with research, community outreach, and institutional action, emphasizing the importance of universities in promoting justice, democracy, and sustainability in a postcapitalist society.

New initiatives for Next System research and scholarship are underway at numerous universities. Click here to learn more.