The Institute’s mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.

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Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership.

Listen to a June 2017, Building Local Power podcast with
ILSR co-founder David Morris addressing the question, Why Local Self Reliance?

Every week, we produce original research packaged in easy-to-read articles, podcasts, reports, and videos that we distribute to media organizations and allies across the idealogical spectrum. We have multiple national experts on staff that provide a unique and valuable perspective on a range of national policy issues. For media inquiries, contact our Communications Manager, Nick Stumo-Langer.

Through our work across the economy, we seek to empower communities to take charge of their own future. Watch our video to explore the initiatives that make the Institute tick and learn how you can get involved!

Here’s a sampling of some of our recent work in the form of reports.

Our 2016 Annual Report: Decentralizing Economic Power, Reinvigorating Democracy
Our latest report from the Community-Scaled Economy initiative.
Our latest report from the Community Broadband Networks initiative.
Our latest report from the Energy Democracy initiative.

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