A Short-Term Win, A Long-Term Target

Date: 6 Oct 2022 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of Building Local Power Alejandro Roark, the Chief of Consumer and Governmental Affairs at the FCC tells a captivating journey of his career from working at the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership all the way to his current career at the Federal Communications Commission. He speaks about his LGBTQ inclusion work, racial and economic justice in the telecommunications sector, collective action, and how the ACP is filling an immediate and vital need. ILSR’s Sean Gonsalves weighs in on how to strategize for longer term Internet solutions that will make our broadband economy more fair and equitable.… Read More

Public Power Pt. 4: Game Over? — Episode 167 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 28 Sep 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

John Farrell describes three municipalization attempts: Boulder, Minneapolis, and Decorah. Each city failed to form its own utility, but found silver linings in trying. This is part four of a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

A Renaissance for Black Voices and Spaces

Date: 22 Sep 2022 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week on Building Local Power, we are joined by Brandi Collins-Dexter, author of Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and our Political Future and Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of ILSR. We engage in a riveting conversation on how political parties have monopolistic tendencies, how Big Tech has dominated mainstream media, and the future of Black-owned and led businesses in America. … Read More

Catalyzing Greater Equity Through Composting

Date: 19 Sep 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

How can a community reeling from multiple economic shocks use composting as a tool to build a more resilient food system? ILSR’s Linda Bilsens Brolis talks to Renee V. Wallace of Detroit about composting as a tool for building equity and solving big challenges.
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Public Power Pt. 3: Ingredients For Success — Episode 166 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 14 Sep 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

John Coyle describes how to form a publicly-owned utility and lists the four ingredients for baking up a public takeover. This is part three in a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

Rats Aren’t the Problem in Cities. We Are.

Date: 8 Sep 2022 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of Building Local Power, Bloomberg reporter Linda Poon joins us to talk about how cities are [mis]managing rat infestations. We dive into the decline and spike in rat populations during and after the pandemic, cities’ solutions to mitigating rat infestations, and how to shift the public focus from a problem with rats to a more proactive and thoughtful approach to how we discard food.… Read More

Public Power Pt. 2: Community Benefits — Episode 165 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 31 Aug 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ursula Schryver describes the benefits of consumer-owned utility service and Randy Knight reports on the progress that municipalization brought to Winter Park, Fla. This is part two in a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

Inflation: The True Monopoly Story

Date: 25 Aug 2022 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of Building Local Power, Rakeen Mabud the Chief Economist at Groundwork Collaborative and Ron Knox, Senior Researcher and Writer at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, take us on a riveting journey exposing the story of inflation that most economists don’t want to tell.… Read More

Inflation Reduction Act Boosts Local Solar — Episode 164 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 19 Aug 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Katie Kienbaum discuss how the Inflation Reduction Act will support distributed solar through extended tax credits, a greenhouse gas reduction fund, and other incentives.… Read More

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