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The Year in Building Local Power – Episode 8 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Welcome to episode eight of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast click here.

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews a roundtable of ILSR staff members. Participants are: Olivia LaVecchia of the Community-Scaled Economies initiative, Karlee Weinmann of the Energy Democracy initiative, and Nick Stumo-Langer, ILSR’s Communication Manager.

The group discusses elements of our economy and society where local power is either being attacked or strengthened. Listen in for discussion of corporate concentration (from Olivia), electric utility monopolies (from Karlee), and citizen-sponsored initiatives (from Nick) – each of these discussions talk about how citizens have an opportunity to increase their communities’ power in our political system.

“One [statistic] that I think is really telling is that four companies control 85% of the beef market…in the United States,” says Olivia LaVecchia, citing Elizabeth Warren’s speech on rising corporate concentration.


Here are the links to the bi-weekly roundup of what material we’re interested in reading and watching:

From Olivia

Venezuela, A Failing State by William Finnegan, The New Yorker

From Karlee

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear, and Why by Sady Doyle

From Nick

The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court by Bob Woodward & Scott Armstrong

Simmons vs. Gladwell: The Future of Football by Bill Simmons & Malcolm Gladwell, The Ringer

From Chris

Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business by Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

If you missed the first episodes of our podcast you can find those conversations with Olivia LaVecchia here, Neil Seldman here, John Farrell here, David Morris here, Lisa Gonzalez here, Stacy Mitchell here, and Linda Bilsens here. Also to see all of our episodes make sure to bookmark our Building Local Power Podcast Homepage. View the full transcript of the podcast, below. Continue reading