Environmental Justice & Local Activism, A Conversation with NAACP Leader Jacqui Patterson (Episode 38)

Jacqui Patterson, the director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program, talks with ILSR’s Neil Seldman and Nick Stumo-Langer about the practical implications of environmental justice.… Read More

Want Your City to Prosper? Then Forget Everything You Think You Know about Economic Growth (Episode 37)

Date: 11 Jan 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast, Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss why the conventional wisdom about economic growth often leads communities down a dark path of decay. … Read More

Building a Zero Waste World, One Community at a Time (Episode 35)

Zero waste activist Paul Connett joins ILSR’s Neil Seldman and Nick Stumo-Langer to detail how to move communities across the world to a zero waste reality as well as how this activism fits within the grassroots landscape.
Along with Paul’s insights on zero waste policies — from corporate redesign to community fun in participating in sustainability policies — he regales listeners with a version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, zero waste edition.… Read More

Internet Connectivity in Indigenous Communities (Episode 34)

Date: 30 Nov 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Matt Rantanen, Director of Technology at the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association, and Hannah Trostle, an ILSR research associate talk with Christopher Mitchell about the challenges to better Internet connectivity on tribal lands across America.… Read More

Supporting Family Farming in the Age of Monopoly with Joe Maxwell (Episode 33)

Date: 16 Nov 2017 | posted in: agriculture, Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Joe Maxwell of the Organization for Competitive Markets details how our economy is tilted against family farms and rural communities, and how he’s working to build a political movement to change that.… Read More

This Ag Economist Preached Bigger is Better. Now He Says the Evidence Favors Small Farms. (Episode 32)

Date: 2 Nov 2017 | posted in: agriculture, Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

John Ikerd, an agricultural economist, sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss the consolidation of our food system and why he supports family farms as opposed to corporate mega-farms.… Read More

San Francisco Breaks the Chain Stores, Strengthens Neighborhood Economies (Episode 31)

Date: 19 Oct 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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. We talk with AnMarie Rodgers, senior policy advisor to the city’s planning department, about how the city implemented the policy, how it works, and what advice she has for other cities that want to do it too.… Read More

Beating the Monopolies: Barry Lynn Explains How We Will Win (Episode 30)

Date: 5 Oct 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

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