Since 1974, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has been working to enable communities with tools to increase economic effectiveness, reduce wastes, decrease environmental impacts and provide for local ownership of the infrastructure and resources essential for community well-being. Many of our staff members speak at events around the country at various meetings, conferences and make presentations to organizations, companies and governmental bodies. If you are interested in booking a speaker, please contact ILSR at email@example.com.
John Farrell covers topics of decentralized energy policy and technology. (full bio)
Stacy Mitchell covers topics on how communities can design and implement policies and strategies to curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise. (full bio and a list of her past speaking events here).
Christopher Mitchell covers topics of community owned Internet networks and how cities can create cutting edge telecommunications infrastructure that is essential to the health and vitality of a 21st century community. (full bio)
David Morris, co-founder of ILSR, speaks on a wide range of topics of including energy, local self-reliance, sustainable development, public vs. private and more. (full bio)
Brenda Platt covers topics on composting, zero waste planning, recycling and economic development. (full bio)
Neil Seldman, co-founder of ILSR, is nationally recognized expert on recycling, waste reduction and economic development and has been advising communities around the country for four decades. (full bio)
January 24 – Appleton, WI:
Marie Donahue, Research Associate with the Energy Democracy and Community Scaled Economy Initiatives, will be speaking at Powering Local Leadership: A Summit on Energy & Resilience. Marie will be on a panel about equity, energy, and green jobs. Read more…
January 26 – Washington, D.C.:
Stacy Mitchell, Director of ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy initiative will be speaking at the Winter Policy Meeting of the Mayors Innovation Project. Stacy will be on the panel “Building a Strong, Diverse, and Resilient Local Business Community”. Read more…
January 28 – 30th – North Carolina:
Chris Mitchell and ILSR’s Community Broadband Initiative are hosting a series of community discussions around improving the availability of affordable and reliable Internet access in North Carolina. Residents of Albemarle, Fuquay-Varina, and Jacksonville are invited to join local officials and national experts at three town hall style events. Read more…
January 29 – Webcast:
Stacy Mitchell, Director of ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy initiative, will be the guest for a “celebrity edition” of the monthly Ask Strong Towns webcast. Stacy will join Strong Towns President, Chuck Marohn, to discuss building financially resilient communities. Read more…
February 5 – Providence, RI:
Brenda Platt, Director of ILRS’s Composting for Community initiative, will be speaking at a community event called “Composting for the Community, Soils, Seas, and Climate.” The event will be hosted by Clean Ocean Access.
February 11 – Baltimore, MD.:
Brenda Platt, Director of ILRS’s Composting for Community initiative, will be speaking at the Food Rescue and Recycling Roundtable hosted by Baltimore’s Office of Sustainability and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
February 13th – NY, N.Y.:
Brenda Platt, Director of ILSR’s Composting for Community initiative, will be speaking at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Inaugural Food Matters Cities Summit. Brenda will be leading a workshop titled “Small-scale Food Scrap Collection & Processing. Read more…
January 15 – 16 – Washington, D.C.:
Chris Mitchell, Director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Initiative will be speaking at Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy. The event will bring together members of Congress, community leaders, and policy experts. Keynote conversations and panel discussions will work to determine key policy goals and action steps for the new Congress, with a specific focus on rural broadband, digital privacy and security, and spectrum legislation. Read more…
January 22nd – Atlanta, Ga.:
The 5th annual Cultivating Community Composting forum will be held alongside the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2018, in Atlanta. On Monday, January 22nd, 2018, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle will be hosting the “Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop”. All information is available here. Read more…
January 23rd – Atlanta, Ga.:
The 5th annual Cultivating Community Composting forum will be held alongside the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2018, in Atlanta. On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and BioCycle is sponsoring a track during the first day of the US Composting Council’s International Conference and Trade Show, titled: “The Cultivating Community Composting Forum.” All information is available here. Read more…
February 8th – Online Webinar:
Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-director and Composting for Community initiative director Brenda Platt & Composting for Community research associate Virginia Streeter presented on a webinar in front of the Environmental Protection Agency on the “2017 BioCycle/ILSR Residential Food Waste Collection Access study”. Attendance was closed to a certain group of EPA, state, and local officials interested in composting infrastructure.
February 12th – Minnesota:
ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell will present to the Solar MN meeting, a monthly meeting of solar advocates, regulators, and public officials on solar markets in Minnesota.
March 10th — Baltimore, Md.:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell will be speaking at the Colorado University at Boulder’s law school student symposium on Social Justice, Technology, and Telecommunications Law on the panel “Alternative Models to Deploy Internet Service”. Here are details for the panel, including guests: What happens to the millions of Americans that live in places where there are no Internet providers? Are they left to wait for a big telecommunications company to decide to sell internet service in their area? What are the alternatives? We will hear from towns, organizations, and projects that are doing something different to extend Internet infrastructure to areas that are typically seen as unprofitable.
+ Ken Fellman, Kissinger & Fellman Law Firm
+ Chris Mitchell, Director of Community Broadband Networks Initiative, Institute for Local Self Reliance
+ Clarissa Ramon, Community Impact Manager, Google Fiber in San Antonio, Texas
+ Marisa Elena Duarte, Network Sovereignty
+ Geoffrey Blackwell, AMERIND Risk – Tribally owned and operated insurance provider that helps Tribes deploy telecommunications infrastructure.
July 23rd-24th – Pittsburgh, Penn.:
Christopher Mitchell, the director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative at ILSR and also the Policy Director for Next Century Cities, will be making several appearances at Next Century Cities’ regional broadband summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mitchell will be moderating the opening keynote on Monday, July 23rd with the Brookings Institution‘s Blair Levin. He will also be moderating the next event, a panel on “Successful Models for Broadband Deployment,” and finally a breakout session on “Rural Solutions.” Read more…
August 15th- Baltimore, Maryland:
Brenda Platt, the director of the Composting for Community initiative at ILSR, presented on home composting as a strategy for local government to cut waste and costs for the MD Solid Waste & Recyclers meeting.
August 15th- Atlanta, Georgia:
Linda Bilsens, Project Manager of ILSR’s Community Composting initiative, presented at the August Community-Based Composting Council Meeting.
August 29th – Kalispell, Mont.:
Christopher Mitchell, the director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative at ILSR, spoke at the Montana Telecommunications Association’s annual meeting. Read more…
September 24th-26th – Fairlawn, Ohio:
Christopher Mitchell, the director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative at ILSR, spoke at the Great Lakes Connect: Broadband Development Conference. Read more…
October 11 – Washington, DC:
Stacy Mitchell, Director of ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy initiative, will be speaking at “A Right to Compete: Are Monopolies Crushing Entrepreneurship?” a conference hosted by the Open Markets Institute and Village Capital. Read more…
October 18 – Keene, NH:
Stacy Mitchell, Director of ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy initiative, will keynote Plan NH’s conference on ” The Power of Local.” Read more…
October 23rd-25th – Ontario, Calif.:
Christopher Mitchell, the director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative at ILSR, will be speaking at Broadband Communities Magazine’s Fiber for the New Economy event in Ontario, California. Read more…
October 24th – Bowie, Maryland:
Brenda Platt, the director of the Composting for Community initiative at ILSR, will be speaking at Mid-Atlantic Food Recovery Summit and Food Day Symposium at Bowie State University, convened by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Read more…
October 30th – Washington, DC:
John Farrell, the director of the Energy Democracy initiative at ILSR, will be speaking at MDV-SEIA’s annual regionally-focused conference, Solar Focus. John will be participating in the “Grid Grill: Clean Energy Debate” session. Read more…
November 8 – Hartford, Conn.:
Christopher Mitchell, the director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative at ILSR, will be moderating a panel at “Connected New England: Local Solutions for Broadband Development.” The event will bring together broadband champions from federal, state, and local government, as well as community leaders and policy experts. Read more…
November 12/13 – Bloomington, MN:
John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative will be speaking at the Midwest Gateway to Solar conference. Read more…
November 13 – Washington, DC:
Stacy Mitchell, Director of ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy initiative, will be speaking at “Crafting Effecting Rules for Internet Platforms” hosted by George Washington’s Institute for Public Policy and the Roosevelt Institute. The conference focuses on the role of big tech in our economy. Stacy will be speaking on a panel entitled “What to do about Amazon.” Read more…
November 16 – Detroit, MI:
Brenda Platt, Director of ILSR’s Composting for Community initiative, will be speaking at the GAIA’s Zero Waste Academy in Detroit. GAIA is the world’s leading anti-incineration coalition. Brenda will take part in the Zero Waste Best Practices Panel.
November 16 – Detroit, MI:
Brenda Platt, Director of ILSR’s Community Composting Initiative, will be speaking at a town hall organized by Breathe Free Detroit. The town hall will explore the possibility of a Zero Waste Detroit.
January 29 – Minneapolis, MN:
January 24 – Los Angeles, CA:
“Cultivating Community Composting Forum.” This January, the National Composting Council will be holding its annual conference in Los Angeles. This forum aims to foster interconnection between composters of all levels and locations to share practices, models, and ideas together. Read more…
January 23 – Los Angeles, CA:
“Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop.” This January, the National Composting Council will be holding its annual conference in Los Angeles. This ILSR-sponsored workshop will walk through practices that work and address how to take your community-scale composting to the next level with staff members Brenda Platt, Linda Bilsens, Josh Etim, and Nick Stumo-Langer. Read more…
February 8 – Boston, MA:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will be speaking at Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center on, “Conversation in Civic Innovation: Broadband Equity.” Read more…
February 12-15 – Washington, D.C.:
ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative director, John Farrell will be speaking at the 2017 NARUC Winter Committee Meeting in Washington D.C. His discussion will be as part of a panel titled, “Who Wore it Better – Utility-Scale Solar or Rooftop Solar?” Read more…
March 20th – Minneapolis, MN:
ILSR research associate Olivia LaVecchia will be a guest on the civics-inspired improv comedy show the Theater of Public Policy to talk about Amazon, and the impact of the company’s dominance on local economies and communities. Read more…
March 22nd – Des Moines, IA:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will be speaking at the Iowa Municipal Broadband conference. Read more…
March 27th – Greenbelt, MD:
ILSR’s co-director Brenda Platt will be speaking to organizers at the ICCE/MADE CLEAR meeting in late March to discuss climate change and the power of composting. Read more…
March 28th – New Orleans, LA:
ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative research associate Karlee Weinmann will discuss rural electric cooperatives’ transition from coal to clean energy at the Decarbonizing the Grid conference, organized by the Energy Foundation. Read more…
April 4-7th – Baltimore, MD:
ILSR is a co-sponsor on BioCycle’s BioCycle East Coast17 event. They are currently calling for papers now. Read more…
April 6th – Baltimore, MD:
ILSR’s co-director and Waste to Wealth initiative director, Brenda Platt, is presenting at BioCycle’s EastCoast17 on the Distributed panel, her talk is called “Distributed – It’s Time Has Come.” Read more…
April 6th – Baltimore, MD:
ILSR’s Waste to Wealth project manager, Linda Bilsens, is presenting at BioCycle’s EastCoast17 on the “Hot Composting in Cold Climates.” Read more…
April 18th – Mesa, AZ:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell will be speaking at Digital Southwest, hosted by Next Century Cities. Read more…
April 21-22nd – Vancouver, BC (Canada):
ILSR research associate Olivia LaVecchia will be speaking about how rising commercial rents are threatening independent businesses, and what policy tools cities can use to do something about it, at “Hopeful Economics: Leadership and Innovation Summit,” an event co-hosted by the City of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University. Read more…
May 1-2nd – Dallas, TX:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will be speaking at the Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas, Texas, the name of the summit is “Fiber: Get in the Game of Gigs.” Read more…
May 4th – Keene, NH:
ILSR’s co-director and Community-Scaled Economies initiative director Stacy Mitchell, will be speaking at “Creating an Economy That Works for All” as part of the Complete Economy Project in New Hampshire. Read more…
May 7th – New York City, NY:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell will be presenting to the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference at their “Small Town Municipal Broadband Gabfest” session. Read more…
May 9-11th – Washington, DC:
ILSR’s co-founder and Waste to Wealth staffer, Neil Seldman, will be speaking at the Blue Ribbon Summit, sponsored by the Global Anti-Incineration Alliance and Fives Institute. The talks will center on the recent history of recycling in the U.S. and current challenges.
May 10th – New Orleans, LA:
ILSR’s co-director and Composting for Community Project Director, Brenda Platt, will be speaking at Waste Expo’s Composting & Organics Recycling Conference on “Jobs Created and Sustained through Composting Organics.” Read more…
May 16-17th – St. Paul, MN:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell will be on a panel for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance called “State-level Digital Inclusion Advocacy and Programs.” Read more…
May 19th – Dickerson, MD:
ILSR’s co-founder and Waste to Wealth researcher, Neil Seldman, and ILSR’s co-director and the Composting for Community initiative director, Brenda Platt, is participating in the Resource Recovery Parks & Zero Waste Workshop put on by the Zero Waste USA. Read more…
May 22nd – Frederick, MD:
ILSR is co-sponsoring the Frederick Compost Summit in the town of Frederick, Maryland with ILSR’s co-director and Composting for Community initiative director, Brenda Platt. You can purchase tickets at the follow link. Read more…
May 23rd – Keystone, CO:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell will be speaking at 2017 Mountain Connect Broadband Development Conference in Keystone, Colorado. Read more…
May 25th – Frederick, MD:
ILSR’s co-director and the Composting for Community initiative director, Brenda Platt, will be presenting at Hood College on the value of distributed composting infrastructure at Hood College in Frederick, MD. Read more…
June 27th – Silver Spring, MD:
ILSR’s co-director Brenda Platt will be speaking at the Recovering Food in the Chesapeake Region: Policies, Resources and Innovations Workshop intended to bolster food recovery across the Chesapeake Region. Read more…
August 23rd – Webinar
ILSR’s co-founder and Waste to Wealth initiative researcher Neil Seldman will present during Green America Recycling’s webinar on the barriers facing the US recycling movement. Read more…
September 8th – Minneapolis, Minn.:
ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative director, John Farrell, will be speaking at the Midwest Energy Fair’s Minneapolis event at the Solar Professional Pre-Fair Day. Read more…
September 12th – Seattle, Wash.:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will be speaking at National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors’ (NATOA) annual conference in a panel on rural broadband in the afternoon. Read more…
September 13th – Webinar:
ILSR’s co-director and Composting for Community initiative director Brenda Platt will be participating in the Composting Collaborative‘s webinar, called “Community Composting: From DC to NY” from 2-3pm EST on September 13th. Register for the webinar at the following link. Read more…
September 14th – Pittsfield, Mass.:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will be speaking on a panel called, “The Next Big Internet Challenge for the Berkshires”, sponsored by The Berkshire Eagle. Read more…
September 25-27th – Baltimore, MD:
ILSR’s co-founder and Waste to Wealth initiative researcher Neil Seldman will be a part of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) team in hosting a 1-day workshop to share international zero waste programs and strategies relating to the Circular Economy and Climate Initiatives at the ISWA/SWANA. Seldman will join ZWIA representatives from Brazil, Sweden, Philippines, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and USA. Read more…
September 28th – Portland, Maine:
Community Scaled Economies initiative researchers Stacy Mitchell (ILSR co-director) and Olivia LaVecchia will be presenting at the Why Local? Forum: Together, We Will Ensure Portland’s Independence event, organized by Portland Buy Local. Read more…
October 5th – Ammon, Idaho:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will be speaking on a City of Ammon & Next Century Cities-sponsored panel on Ammon’s fiber network. Read more…
October 13th – Dublin, Ohio:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will be speaking the Global Institute for the Study of Intelligent Community’s event on connected communities. Read more…
October 15th – Shepherd’s Spring, Md.:
ILSR’s co-founder and Waste to Wealth initiative researcher Neil Seldman will be speaking at the Maryland Sierra Club Jamboree on the topic of Zero Waste in Maryland. Read more…
October 21-22nd – Butte, Mont.:
ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative director, John Farrell, will be delivering the keynote address to the 2017 meeting of Alternative Energy Resources Organization in Butte, Montana. Read more…
October 21st – Flintstone, Md.:
ILSR’s Composting for Community Project Manager, Linda Bilsens, will be leading a composting workshop of the “Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders” program at Rocky Gap State Park, Maryland, presented by Made Clear ICCE Community. Read more…
October 28th – Boone, N.C.:
ILSR’s Composting for Community Project Manager, Linda Bilsens, will be presenting at Appalachian State University’s Food Summit entitled “Building Community Self-Reliance Through Composting“. Read more…
November 8th – Atlanta, Ga.:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will present at the Broadband Communities event in Atlanta on a discussion entitled: “Broadband Champions Speak Out.” Read more…
November 8th – Washington, D. C.:
ILSR’s co-director Brenda Platt will be on a panel with Congressman Keith Ellison, United Workers, GAIA US Canada, Sierra Club Puerto Rico, and the American Sustainable Business Council to discuss the Zero Waste Act. Read More…
November 8th – Webinar:
ILSR’s co-founder and Waste to Wealth initiative researcher Neil Seldman will be presenting to Green America’s webinar, “Recycling in the US”. Read more…
November 9th – Atlanta, Ga.:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will present at the Broadband Communities event in Atlanta on a discussion entitled: “Spawning an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” Read more…
November 13th — Burlington, Vt.:
ILSR Community-Scaled Economies researchers Olivia LaVecchia and Stacy Mitchell are presenting on Amazon’s stealth takeover of Vermont’s economy. The event will be held at Phoenix Books in Burlington. Read more…
November 14th — Manchester, Vt.:
ILSR co-director and Community-Scaled Economies initiative director Stacy Mitchell will be presenting on Amazon’s stealth takeover of Vermont’s economy. The event will be held at Northshire Books in Manchester. Read more…
November 14th — Eugene, Ore.:
ILSR Energy Democracy researcher Karlee Weinmann will be presenting on local renewable generation and rural economic development at the Community Renewable Energy Association annual member meeting.
November 17th — Charlotte, N.C.:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will speak on a panel at the National League of Cities conference entitled “Making the Internet Work for Everyone.” Here’s the description of the panel: High-speed internet service is vital to the success of cities. It can spark innovation and economic development, improve education, and increase civic engagement. Constituents of all political affiliations want choice and competition, privacy protections, and a free and open internet. Join this session to learn how cities across the country, elected officials and advocacy organizations are working to advance this policy agenda.” Read more…
November 18th — Charlotte, N.C.:
At the National League of Cities conference, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell will be presenting and moderating a session on “Creating a City Where Small Businesses Thrive.” She’ll be joined by Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Tory Campbell of Prosper Portland, and Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona. Read more…
November 28th — Rockville, Md.:
ILSR co-founder and Waste to Wealth initiative researcher Neil Seldman will be speaking about anti-incineration in Maryland in a talk titled: “WHAT ON EARTH IS HAPPENING?” at the North Potomac Senior Center.
November 29th — Edina, Minn.:
ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director, Christopher Mitchell, will speak to the Ham & Eggs Breakfast Club on Internet connectivity for all. Read more…
December 5 – Fayetteville, AR
ILSR’s Co-Founder, Neil Seldman, will be speaking to the citizens in Fayetteville via a Skype workshop that focuses on that city’s unique curbside sorting recycling program at 7pm.
December 6 — Greenbelt, MD
ILSR’s Co-Founder, Neil Seldman, will be participating in a citizen review of the Prince George’s County Zero Waste Plan at 8pm.
December 13 — Bethesda, MD
ILSR’s Co-Director, Brenda Platt, will be speaking on a panel event for Bethesda Green Sustainability Series: “Sustainability Series: Composting in Montgomery County.” Read More
November 2 — Nashville, TN
ILSR’s Co-Director, Stacy Mitchell, will moderate a panel discussion at EPIC, the annual gathering of independent office supply dealers, sponsored by Trimega, titled “Buy Local in the Age of Amazon.” Read More
November 2 — Washington, DC
ILSR’s Co-Director, Brenda Platt will be delivering the class “Community Composting Models and Introduction to Science of Composting” during the DPR Urban Master Composter Certificate Course, ILSR is a co-partner on the event. Read More
November 3 — Nashville, TN
ILSR’s Co-Director, Stacy Mitchell, will speak at a breakfast event called “Nashville Unchaines” sponsored by Indie Nash. Here talk will be called “Strengthening Independent Businesses and the Local Economy.” Read More
November 9 — Frederick County, MD
ILSR will participate in a public “Zero Waste Workshop” with the citizens and leaders of Frederick County, MD. The beginning of zero waste is helping community businesses and engendering greater local economic development. Read More
November 16 — Boston, MA
ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell will be presenting to the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center for a conversation titled, “Conversation in Civi Innovation: Broadband Equity.” Read More
November 30 — Washington, D.C.
ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell will be speaking at an event for Next Century Cities, a national advocacy group of city leaders from across the country advocating for better Internet connectivity via municipal broadband.
October 18-20 — Minneapolis, MN
ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell will participate in a panel at the Broadband Communities regional conference with the theme “Fiber For The New Economy”. Read More
October 18 — Orlando, FL
ILSR’s John Farrell will keynote a presentation at the annual Biocycle conference. Read More
September 26 — Washington D.C.
ILSR’s Co-Founder Neil Seldman will deliver a presentation, by invitation, at Ralph Nader’s Breaking Through Power Conference titled “Community Business is Revolutionary.” Read More
September 27 — San Diego, CA
ILSR’s Co-Director Brenda Platt will be presenting at the San Diego Food System Alliance’s Food Waste Solutions Summit. Her talk is called “Composting to Build Equity. Read More
July 8-10 — Buffalo, NY
Stacy Mitchell and John Farrell presented at the New Economy Coalition’s CommonBound conference. They led sessions on Banking and Finance for a New Economy, Democratizing Energy, and Policy Tools to Enable Local Businesses to Thrive. Read More
June 17-18 — Custer, WI
John Farrell presented a keynote at the Midwest Energy Fair in Custer, WI. John’s talk was about how decentralized control and ownership of our energy grid can transform the grid to cleaner energy resources and economically reward our communities. Read More
May 18 — Webinar/Live Video Chat
Join John Farrell for a live chat to preview the 2016 Energy Fair. Learn more about The Energy Fair and purchase Fair tickets. Register for the webinar
May 18 — Washington, DC
Brenda Platt will present on the “Path to Zero Waste” at the Organic Waste Summit. The event is hosted by the DC Department of Public Works and Partners. Read More
May 12 — Webinar
John Farrell will answer questions on his new report “Beyond Sharing: How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Energy”. Read More
May 11 — Chicago
Stacy Mitchell will be the featured speaker at the American Booksellers Association’s opening plenary session, “The New Localism,” on at BookExpo America 2016. Read more
April 3 — College Park, MD
Brenda Platt spoke at a breakout session: “Reduce & Recover Waste to Build Community Equity at the 2016 National Food Recovery Network Conference.
March 22 — WEBINAR
Crowdfunding and worker-owned cooperatives are just two of the models that have proven to work for community composters around the United States. Dustin Fedako with Compost Pedallers, Ethany Uttech with Ioby, and Brenda Platt took a deeper dive into crowdfunding for community composters. The event was organized by ILSR and Biocycle.
March 15 — WEBINAR
A constellation of distributed energy technologies is opening the way to the “microgrid,” one of many new local solutions to generating and managing energy. Will state laws granting utility monopolies interfere? Will microgrids be able to sell their grid-strengthening services? John Farrell and report author Matt Grimley discuss the report, “Mighty Microgrids.” Registration for the webinar.
March 10 & March 12 — Meadville, PA
Stacy Mitchell gave a talk at on “Building an Innovative, Equitable, Thriving Local Economy” at Allegheny College as part of the Year of Meadville. On Saturday, March 12, she joined leaders from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, PUSH Buffalo, and Solar Hollar for a panel discussion at CHAPS, Inc.
January 25 — Jacksonville, FL
Brenda Platt led a workshop on Best Practices in Community Composting at the US Composting Council Conference.
January 25-26 — Denver, CO
Stacy Mitchell spoke as part of a plenary panel on “The New Localism” and at an in-depth session on “Amazon and Empty Storefronts” at the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute.
January 13 — (Webinar)
Neil Seldman moderated a webinar title, “Plastic Ocean, Plastic People: A Conversation with Captain Charles Moore”.
December— The Internet!
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December 17— Washington, DC
Chris Mitchell participated in a panel discussion titled, The Role of State and Local Regulators in Broadband Mergers and Policymaking at the Capitol Forum’s 2nd Annual Broadband Conference.
November 16-18— Charleston, SC
Brenda Platt spoke at Southeast Recycling Development Council Food Recovery Summit.
November 16 & 17— Mountain View, CA
Chris Mitchell participated in panels at the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition AnchorNets conference.
November 4— The Internet!
Stacy Mitchell helped lead a BALLE Localist Policy Webinar: Transforming policy to build strong local economies at noon (PT).
October 7— Albuquerque, NM
Stacy Mitchell spoke at the Kauffman Foundation’s Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship.
September 15-18 – Lexington,, KY
Chris Mitchell spokeon a community broadband panel at Broadband Communities “Fiber for the New Economy”.
September 25 – Asheville, NC
Stacy Mitchell keynoted Venture Local Fair: Growing a New Economy for All.
August 26-28 – Durham, NC
Stacy Mitchell will be speaking at Grasping at the Root, a national conference at Duke University.
June 20 – Custer, WI
John Farrell spoke at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair.
June 18 – Washington, DC
Stacy Mitchell spoke on a panel about antitrust and entrepreneurship at a symposium organized by the American Antitrust Institute.
June 18 – Seattle, WA
Chris Mitchell spoke at Upgrade Seattle Launch Event on “Exploring a City-Owned Internet.”
June 11-12 – Albany, NY
Chris Mitchell spoke at New York State Broadband Summit.
June 8 – Vail, CO
Chris Mitchell spoke at Mountain Connect.
April 13-15 – Austin, TX
Chris Mitchell spoke at the Broadband Communities Summit as well as a special “pre-conference event” put on by the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC). Read the The Summit Agenda at a Glance.
April 15 – Boulder, CO
Brenda Platt spoke at Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Gala: Combatting Climate Change with Zero Waste”– plus Green Star Awards for our 2015 Zero Waste Heroes. More information.
March 25-27 – Kahului, HI
John spoke at the Maui Energy Conference. “With island consumers paying more than double the national average per kilowatt hour for electricity, the second Maui Energy Conference + Exhibition comes at a time when Hawaii is seeing a revolutionary shift to renewable energy resources.”
March 27 – online
Stacy Mitchell spoke as part of webinar and panel discussion on “Economic Growth and Entrepreneurship in Cities,” organized by the Municipal Arts Society.
March 5-6, 2015 – New York City
Stacy Mitchell was invited to speak at CUE to CUE: A conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship In Cities, organized by the Committee for Urban Entrepreneurship.
March 5, 2015 – Poughkeepsie, NY
Brenda Platt spoke at the NYS Organics Summit on “The Need for More Community-Based Composting: National and Local Scale.”
March 2-3, 2015 – New York, NY
Chris Mitchell spoke at the Freedom to Connect conference in New York City. Freedom to Connect is a conference devoted to preserving and celebrating the essential properties of the Internet.
February 18, 2015 – Tucson, Arizona
John Farrell spoke at a Sustainable Tucson Event. Sustainable Tucson is a non-profit, grass-roots organization that builds regional resilience and sustainability through awareness raising, community engagement and public/private partnerships.
February 17, 2015 – San Diego, California
Neil Seldman spoke at the 2nd Annual Zero Waste Summit in San Diego County. The event is sponsored by Zero Waste San Diego and the California Resource Recovery Association.
February 5, 2015 – On the Internets
What does the utility of the future look like? John Farrell invites Ellen Anderson, director of the Energy Transition Lab at the University of Minnesota to discuss the tension in the current utility business model, the causes, and the policy principles as we move Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy. Registration for the webinar.
November 13, 2014 – Washington, DC
Stacy Mitchell spoke at a luncheon titled “Sustainable Economic and Environmental Policy Initiatives at the State and Local Level”.
November 5, 2014 – On the Internets
Chris Mitchell and Lisa Gonzalez hosted an open forum style discussion online for anyone interested in community broadband networks.
November 4-5, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN
John Farrell spoke at the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MNSEIA) “Midwest Gateway to Solar” Conference. John took part in two panels, including a discussion with Xcel Energy‘s Rick Evans on whether MN will implement the new Value of Solar tariff.
October 9, 2014 – Mount Vernon, WA
Christopher Mitchell is speaking at the “Connect with the World Conference: The Benefits of Publicly Owned Broadband Infrastructure”.
October 1, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN
Stacy Mitchell will be giving a keynote talk at the Heartland Fall Forum, a regional conference organized by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association.
September 19, 2014 – Burlington, VT
Chris Mitchell will speak at luncheon titled “How Do We Keep Burlington Telecom Local?”.
August 24, 2014 – Oregon, IL
John Farrell was a keynote speaker at the Illinois Renewable Energy Fair. “New Energy for Illinois.” Video link to come.
June 19-20, 2014 — Linthicum, MD
Brenda Platt was a panelist at at the Maryland Recycling Network’s Annual Conference. She spoke on the topic of “The State of Composting in the U.S.” in a panel covering The Road to Zero Waste: Removing Organics from the Waste Stream.
June 11-13, 2014 — Oakland, CA
Stacy Mitchell spoke at the 2014 BALLE Conference.
June 8-11 – Vail, CO
Christoper Mitchell spoke at the 2014 Mountain Connect-Rural Broadband Conference. The conference theme is “Progress through Education”. Topics and speakers will explore lessons learned and alternative ideas to successfully implement rural broadband initiatives.
June 6-8, 2014 — Boston, MA
Stacy Mitchell presented at a session on “A Localist Agenda: Policy and Politics for Building a Community-Scaled Economy” with Aaron Bartley of PUSH Buﬀalo, Lew Daly of Demos, and Barry Lynn of New America Foundation at the New Economy Coalition conference.
May 29, 2014 – online worldwide
John Farrell hosted a first-of-it’s kind, Value of Solar webinar. In this 60-minute webinar, Farrell explained how the “value of solar” concept emerged, how it was recently adopted in Minnesota, and how it could fundamentally change the financial relationship between electric utilities and their energy-producing customers.
May 28, 2014 – Washington, DC
Christopher Mitchell was part of the “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options,” an event sponsored by New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. Conversation will focused on different approaches to improve connectivity and community strategies to make those approaches successful. The event video is archived here.
May 6-9, 2014 — Atlanta, GA
Brenda Platt will be giving a keynote speech on May 8 at the 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference.
April 27, 2014 — Atlanta, GA
Stacy Mitchell presented at a session on “Managing Neighborhood Character through Retail Controls” at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference, together with San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim and San Francisco Planning Commission Vice President Rodney Fong.
March 26-27, 2014 – Raleigh, NC
Christopher Mitchell was a panelist at the 3rd Annual Broadband Conference of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities.
March 24-25, 2014 – Raleigh, NC
Christopher Mitchell presented on “Community Broadband and Community Programming” at the 2014 Annual Conference of the SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SEATOA).
March 12, 2014 – Alexandria, MN
John Farrell presented at Electrons on the Run, a mini-conference on the future of the U.S. energy system at Alexandria Technical and Community College.
February 21, 2014 – Stockholm, Sweden
Christopher Mitchell was a panelist presenting on “The State of Broadband in the United States: Cities Struggle for Fibre Rollouts” at the Fibre: the key to creating world-class IT-regions conference, sponsored by Stockholm IT Region.
February 18, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN
John Farrell commented on the role of distributed renewable energy in the future of our electricity system on Thom Hartmann’s Big Picture program.
February 4-5, 2014 – St. Paul, MN
Christopher Mitchell presented on “Successful Public Sector Initiatives” at the Border to Border Broadband conference supported in part by the Blandin Foundation.
February 1, 2014 – Kansas City, MO
John Farrell was one of the featured guest speakers at the 2014 annual conference of the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association. His presentation can be viewed here.
January 18, 2014 – Northfield, MN
John Farrell spoke about local opportunities to increase renewable energy generation as one of the panelists at the Northfield Climate Summit.
January 14, 2014 — Charleston, SC
Stacy Michell gave a keynote address, “An Indie Revival: How Local Business Owners are Joining Forces to Win Public Support and Level the Playing Field,” as part of the 2014 Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show sponsored by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.
November 20, 2013 – Upper Marlboro, MD
Brenda Platt gave a presentation on “Composting and Community Resilience” at the Prince George’s County Planning Departments Speaker Series
November 13, 2013 — Sacramento, CA
Neil Seldman spoke at CALRecycle’s Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) “Zone Works” Training Workshop.
November 8, 2013 – Decorah, IA
John Farrell provided the opening plenary at the 5th Conference of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability at Luther College, where he spoke about the intersection of campus sustainability and the shift toward communities taking control of their energy future.
November 8, 2013 — Jackson, MS
Neil Seldman spoke at NAACP Mississippi’s Annual State Annual Convention.
November 6, 2013 — Chicago, IL
Christopher Mitchell moderated a panel on “Using Broadband to Drive Economic Development and Create Jobs: Successful Local Approaches,” at the Broadband Communities 2013 Economic Development conference.
October 29, 2013 — Bloomington, MN
Christopher Michell was a panelist for a session titled, “The Minnesota Office of Broadband is Open for Business,” part of the 30th Annual Conference of the Minnesota Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators.
October 22, 2013 — Boise, ID
Christopher Mitchell spoke at the 2013 Broadband Summit sponsored by the Idaho Rural Partnership and the State of Idaho.
Oct 1, 2013 — St. Paul, MN
John Farrell presented on the “Essential Values for Solar in MN” at the Department of Commerce’s Value of Solar Stakeholder Process
August 28, 2013 – Minneapolis, MN
John Farrell presented on the shared energy vision of the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Energy Options campaign to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.
Oct. 20, 2012 — Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Stacy Mitchell’s presentation Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy a featured talk at TEDx Dirigo
June 8-10, 2012 — Bard College, NY
Stacy Mitchell’s presentation, “Rewriting Government Policy: New Rules to Reign in Corporations and Revive Local Economies” at the Strategies for a New Economy 2012 Conference