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Building Community, Strengthening Economies: ILSR’s 2014 Annual Report

| Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 29, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/annual-report-2014/

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Image: Donate ButtonAs we confront the daunting challenges of a severely compromised climate, crippling inequality, and a failing federal government, ILSR’s forward-thinking, bottom-up solutions have never been more needed. 

We need your support today. Help us fight against the concentration of corporate power, the loss of control of our local economies and government, and the growing threats to our environment.

Please help us expand our impact in 2015 by making an online tax-deductible donation to ILSR,


 

Image: ILSR 2014 Annual ReportILSR was founded 40 years ago out of a conviction that solving even our most complex problems begins with people exercising collective authority at the local level.  Since then, we have been at the forefront of helping communities take charge of their local resources and build an equitable, environmentally viable, and democratic future.

This year, working alongside a diverse range of allies, we made significant progress in realizing this vision.  We are thrilled to share the stories of change in our 2014 Annual Report: Building Community, Strengthening Economies.

As you’ll see when you read the report, this year we produced critical research and developed new tools and policies that have helped communities:

  • Expand rooftop solar, which is revolutionizing the electricity system by shifting ownership of energy generation from utilities to households.
  • Ditch big telecom companies and build their own locally owned broadband networks.
  • Rebuild local, neighborhood retail, creating new jobs and keeping dollars local.
  • Reclaim their waste streams and establish composting enterprises that convert the value inherent in food scraps into more fertile and climate-friendly soil.
  • Grapple with questions central to reinvigorating a bottom-up democracy capable of solving complex problems.

Transforming our economy entails not only building new enterprises and systems, but fighting the forces that stand in the way.  In the report, you can read about the leading role we played this year in a Minneapolis clean energy initiative that is a model for how citizens can leverage their authority over corporate utilities; see how we helped defeat a Walmart-led ballot initiative in North Dakota that would have overturned a state law that mandates that all pharmacies be locally owned; and learn more about our successful campaign in Kansas to kill a cable industry-inspired bill that would have blocked cities from building their own public broadband networks.

Image: Donate ButtonAs we confront the daunting challenges of a severely compromised climate, crippling inequality, and a failing federal government, ILSR’s forward-thinking, bottom-up solutions have never been more needed. 

We need your support today. Help us fight against the concentration of corporate power, the loss of control of our local economies and government, and the growing threats to our environment.

Please help us expand our impact in 2015 by making an online tax-deductible donation to ILSR, or donating by mail or phone.

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