In October 2017, John Farrell gave a keynote address to the annual meeting and expo of AERO, a Montana organization with a similar mission of empowering communities to promote a sustainable economy. He addressed the widespread opportunity for clean energy in Montana, the shared desire of communities to capture that growing economic opportunity, and three… Continue reading
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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
“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
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
On November 8th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s co-founder and researcher for the Waste to Wealth initiative Neil Seldman presented to the Green America audience for their webinar, Recycling in the U.S. here.You can stream the presentation from Green America’s website The video of the webinar is available here: Follow the Institute for Local Self-Reliance on Twitter and Facebook and, for… Continue reading
In May of 1991, Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s co-founder David Morris was featured in Minnesota Public Television’s (TPT) Portrait series on prominent Minnesotans. The video is available here in TPT’s video archive. In this interview David speaks about the founding of ILSR and how he originally came to Minnesota, the prominence of ILSR’s work in localizing… Continue reading
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
Comcast is doing its best to buy elections in Seattle and Fort Collins and this new report from the Community Broadband Networks team found out why: the telecom giant stands to lose millions in customer’s service if their preferred option loses at the ballot. Continue reading
Check out the update to our Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community, now for a Spanish-speaking audience! We have multiple version to share, including images optimized for sharing online and on large poster sizes.
Share with your Spanish-speaking friends and family, just be sure to have them attribute the graphic to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance! Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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