I spend a good portion of my time thinking about financial and economic systems which either undergird or undermine human and ecological flourishing.

In 2018, I co-authored The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition — named one of the Financial Times’ Best Books of the year. My thinking has evolved significantly since then, as I've spent more time unpacking systemic incentives and structural remedies. I believe that paradigms are a major leverage point for change, and this newsletter will explore the Big Stories we believe about ourselves and our systems, and how they manifest in our economic and financial structures.

My day job is as a Senior Fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project, which focuses on structural remedies to concentrated corporate and financial power, where I co-lead the newly formed Access to Markets initiative. I am also Board Chair of The Predistribution Initiative which aims to improve investment structures and practices to address systemic risks like inequality and climate change.

I live in Seattle, Washington with my husband, and nudibranchs are my favorite sea creature.

Thanks so much for being here.

— Denise Hearn

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