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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2017

Self-Reliance and Transformation Through Community Composting — Episode 1 of the Composting for Community Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/self-reliance-and-transformation-through-community-composting-episode-1-of-the-composting-for-community-podcast/

Welcome to the inaugural Composting for Community podcast! We’re kicking things off with a special 4-episode promotional mini-series for the upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop in Atlanta. The CCC Forum is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together community composters from around the country to network and learn how to grow their enterprises,… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2017

Supporting Family Farming in the Age of Monopoly with Joe Maxwell (Episode 33)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/family-farming-blp-episode-33/

“A competitive marketplace is fundamental to how our country should work,” says Joe Maxwell. In recent years, though, many markets have stopped being competitive, including food and farming. In this episode of in this episode of ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast, Maxwell sits down to talk about it with Stacy Mitchell, ILSR’s co-director.

Maxwell, the former Lt. Gov. of Missouri, is now executive director of the Organization for Competitive Markets. He’s also the president and CEO of Family Farm Action, a coalition of family farmers and advocates that’s building the “political muscle” to fight for farmers and communities. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2017

Lessons From the Nation’s Oldest Open Access Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 279

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lessons-from-the-nations-oldest-open-access-fiber-network-community-broadband-bits-podcast-279/

This is episode 279 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Grant County’s Public Utility District was, along with some nearby PUDs, among the very first deployers of Fiber-to-the-Home networks shortly after the turn of the millennium…. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

This Ag Economist Preached Bigger is Better. Now He Says the Evidence Favors Small Farms. (Episode 32)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sustainable-agriculture-blp-episode-31/

Since the 1960s, there’s been a concerted effort by economists and policymakers to consolidate family farms into large-scale industrial agriculture operations. The thinking was that these giant farms could better feed the world. Today’s guest, John Ikerd, was one of those economists — that is, until the farm crisis hit in the 1980s. Ikerd took a… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 19, 2017

San Francisco Breaks the Chain Stores, Strengthens Neighborhood Economies (Episode 31)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/san-francisco-chain-stores-episode-31-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

San Francisco has one-third as many chain stores as the national average. That’s thanks in large part to a city ordinance that restricts “formula” businesses. In this episode of our Building Local Power podcast, we talk with AnMarie Rodgers, Senior Policy Advisor to the City of San Francisco Planning Department, about how the city implemented the policy, how well it works, and what advice she has for other cities who want to do it too. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2017

In Small-Town Iowa, a Movement to Own the Future — Episode 50 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-small-town-iowa-a-movement-to-own-the-future-episode-50-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

A citizen-led effort to establish in a city-run electric utility in the small northeast Iowa community of Decorah is picking up steam, with advocates — including some local officials — forecasting significant local economic growth powered by the transition. Decorah, with about 8,000 residents, is tucked in the northwest corner of Iowa just south of… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2017

Beating the Monopolies: Barry Lynn Explains How We Will Win (Episode 30)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/beating-the-monopolies-barry-lynn-episode-30-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell sits down with Barry Lynn, head of the Open Markets Institute, to talk about how we fight concentrated corporate power and its impact on our liberty and democracy. The two delve into the history of anti-monopoly policy, talk about the changes in policy that gave rise to today’s monopolies, including the tech super-giants — Google, Facebook, and Amazon. And they talk about how a new movement to break up these monopolies is fast gaining momentum. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2017

Electric Vehicles Use Local Power to Cut Pollution and Driving Costs – Episode 29 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/electric-vehicles-episode-29-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Electric vehicles are enabling energy democracy.

That’s the takeaway from the latest Building Local Power podcast episode, a discussion between guest host and Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer, Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell, and Energy Democracy initiative researcher Karlee Weinmann. The conversation features a number of topics, including: the trajectory electric vehicles hold in renewable energy technology, generally; the ways that cities in the wake of recent hurricanes can rebuild to better weather the storms thanks to energy resiliency; and how residents of cities, large and small, can pressure their communities to enact better policies. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2017

With Whole Foods Deal, Amazon’s Empire Grows – Episode 28 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/whole-foods-amazon-episode-28-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

The latest Building Local Power podcast episode features a discussion between ILSR initiative director Christopher Mitchell and co-director Stacy Mitchell on the Amazon-Whole Foods deal. The conversation features a number of issues, including why Amazon’s growth isn’t that innovative after all due to their market power as a crushing force for consolidation. Much of the conversation is an extension of our Amazon’s Stranglehold report, co-authored by Stacy and ILSR researcher Olivia LaVecchia. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 29, 2017

Jon Chambers: Rethinking The Rules on The Connect America Fund – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 268

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/jon-chambers-rethinking-the-rules-on-the-connect-america-fund-community-broadband-bits-podcast-268/

This is episode 268 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Jon Chambers, a partner at Conexon, returns to visit us this week to talk about rural connectivity and the approaching Connect America Fund (CAF) auction. Conexon works with… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2017

What Neighborhood Retail Gets Right – Episode 27 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/neighborhood-retail-episode-27-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this week’s Building Local Power podcast episode, ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell interviewed Gina Schaefer, a Washington D.C.-based founder of several Ace Hardware stores and a board member of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The two discuss a number of topics, including how her Logan Circle neighborhood reacted to her first store opening and the… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2017

Connecting Rural America: Internet Access for All – Episode 26 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/connecting-rural-america-episode-26-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week, our Building Local Power podcast contains a conversation between guest host Nick Stumo-Langer and ILSR researchers Hannah Trostle and Christopher Mitchell to discuss the importance of connectivity in rural America and the barriers high quality local investment. The group discusses a number of topics, including how electric cooperatives are changing the dynamic on… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2017

Fishing for Local Power – Episode 25 of the Building Local Power Podcast

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This week’s episode of Building Local Power is a great conversation with a close ally and friend of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Niaz Dorry, coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, sits down with hosts Christopher Mitchell and Stacy Mitchell to talk about the growing privatization of the fishing industry, how she organizes her fishing community, and the damage that large-scale fishing does to the environment and her local economy.  Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2017

Recording: Energy Democracy – A Response to Trump’s Climate Wrecking Agenda

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/recording-energy-democracy-a-response-to-trumps-climate-wrecking-agenda/

On Thursday, July 13th, John Farrell participated in a phone call with Anya Schoolman of the Community Power Network detailing the future of renewable energy under the new Trump administration. Farrell addressed the tools that communities have to take control of their energy future, regardless of whether the federal government is a clean energy friend… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2017

Local Solar Power: Red Plus Blue Makes a Green Tea Party – Episode 24 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-solar-power-episode-24-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this week’s episode of Building Local Power we interview Debbie Dooley, President of Conservatives for Energy Freedom and co-founder of the Green Tea Coalition in the southern United States. Dooley’s organizations promote “consumer choice in the energy field” to “provide competition” and stop monopolies from limiting their customer’s options in renewable energy. The Green… Continue reading