Press Release: ILSR Celebrates 42 Years

Date: 3 May 2016 | posted in: information, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Contact: Rebecca Toews, Communications Manager
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
612-808-0689 |

Local Organization Celebrates 42 Years Helping Communities Re-Write the Rules for an Equitable Economy

Minneapolis, MN – As national governments become dysfunctional and corporations desert their homelands, one organization has focused on cities as the vehicles for building a more equitable and sustainable economy.

On May 1st, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) celebrated its 42nd birthday by giving ourselves a present: a new video explaining our approach.

“Cities have the authority to rewrite the rules,” says co-founder David Morris, “and these new rules can channel human ingenuity and entrepreneurial energy into building a world where communities are not subject to the whims of remote governments and the predatory practices of even more remote corporations.”

The video describes ILSR’s key initiatives:

  • expanding independent businesses and banks,
  • building community owned high capacity Internet networks,
  • decentralizing and democratizing renewable energy production, and
  • redirecting waste into local recycling, composting, and reuse industries.

“Inspiration increasingly is coming from below,” says Morris. “The challenge for states and nations is how to free the creative genius that builds strong communities and strengthens local economies.”


The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a 42-year-old national nonprofit research and educational organization. ILSR’s mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models, and timely information to support strong, community rooted, environmentally sound, and equitable local economies. 

To contact ILSR about its mission, and learn how citizens and community organizations can the rules can be re-written to break the corporate stranglehold on our economies, email Rebecca Toews: or call 612-808-0689.