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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 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/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. Enacted in 2004, and expanded in 2006 and 2014 (with input from ILSR), the policy permits formula businesses to locate in the city’s neighborhood business districts only if they pass… 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 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/beating-the-monopolies-barry-lynn-episode-30-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Barry Lynn, head of the Open Markets Institute, has some good news for those concerned about concentrated corporate power and the implications for our livelihoods and our democracy: “We will win”. In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR Co-director Stacy Mitchell interviews Lynn about the changes in policy that gave rise to today’s monopolies, including the… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2017

Webinar Resources: Two Business Models for Community Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/webinar-two-business-models-for-community-composting/

On Wednesday, September 20th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the community composting network is hosting a webinar on “Two Business Models for Community Composting: Worker-Owned Cooperative & Social Enterprise.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7Pp0p1KV7Q Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2017

ILSR Partner and Community Composter Featured in DCTV News Spot

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-partner-and-community-composter-featured-in-dctv-news-spot/

Earlier this year a close ILSR partner, Jeffrey Neal, sat down with DCTV’s Studio 901 to discuss an important issue in the Washington D.C. metro area: urban composting. Jeffrey Neal, ILSR’s Urban & On-Site Compost Consultant for the Composting for Community initiative, joined Studio 901’s host Trenice Bishop to talk about his work with the Howard… 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 Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 29, 2017

Of New Power Generation, How Much is on the Roof?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/of-new-power-generation-how-much-is-on-the-roof/

Each quarter, several sources report on the new power plants built in the United States. Since 2012, there’s been a surge the share of new power generation coming from solar power. In that year, solar represented 10% of new power capacity. It rose to 40% in 2013 and has been 30% or higher in the… 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 Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

8 Policy Strategies Cities Can Use to Support Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/8-policy-strategies-cities-can-use-to-support-local-businesses/

Although they play a central role in healthy communities, and are among the best engines that cities have for advancing economic opportunity, independent small businesses are disappearing in many places. This decline isn’t because local businesses aren’t competitive. It’s because misguided public policies and concentrated market power are working against them. Here are 8 ways that cities can level the playing field and ensure that local businesses can thrive. 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 Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2017

Internet Association’s Video Looks At Network Neutrality And What ISPs Are Really Saying

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/internet-associations-video-looks-at-network-neutrality-and-what-isps-are-really-saying/

With the FCC taking another look at the advancements in network neutrality rules passed during the Obama administration, the topic has been on the lips of many segments of the population. Many of us consider a free an open Internet a necessity to foster innovation and investment, but the words from the lips of the big ISPs are changing, depending on whom they’re talking to. 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 Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2017

The Broadband Market is Broken: Don’t Fall for Telecom Lobbyist Lies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-broadband-market-is-broken-dont-fall-for-telecom-lobbyist-lies/

We’ve all been lied to, but when we’re lied to by those we rely on, it’s the worst. Right now, we are all subject to a lie about our Internet access. That lie is rooted in the idea that the best way to move forward is to allow the free market to dictate our access… 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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fishing-for-local-power-episode-25-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

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