IREX Scholars’ Exit Interview – International Community Composting

Between mid-August and early December the Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted two International Research and Exchange (IREX) fellows. To celebrate our fellows’ work with us, ILSR co-founder Neil Seldman interview both Md. Monirul Islam (from Bangladesh) and Wisdom Nyondoh (from … Read More

Your Call: Amazon threatens small businesses and “weakens communities,” says new report

Date: 14 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

From KALW‘s Your Call public affairs radio show: “Why is it more important than ever to support local businesses? Amazon’s growing market power is threatening small businesses and ‘weakening communities,’ according to a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The study’s findings conclude that Amazon is causing the number of independent merchants to decline sharply, ‘undermining jobs and wages,’ and affecting local tax bases. What difference does it make when we support local businesses?” This conversation features our own researcher Olivia LaVecchia.… Read More

Media Outlets Cover 2016 Colorado Broadband Ballot Initiatives

Date: 1 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On November 8th, 2016, 26 Colorado cities and counties joined 69 of their fellow communities in opting out of the restrictive, anti-municipal broadband state law, SB 152. For years, we at ILSR have been covering the developments in Colorado as voters reclaim local telecommunications authority. The media, both locally and nationally, took notice of our efforts.… Read More

Energy Democracy: Customer Control over Renewable Energy (Episode 3)

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, the director of our Energy Democracy initiative about the concept of energy democracy and about his latest report, Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? John specifically outlines some of the key concepts that make up the principles of energy democracy and how locally-owned renewable energy continues to shape our electric grid in new and exciting ways.… Read More

Christopher Mitchell Interviewed on Mike McIntee’s Show on AM950

Date: 19 Oct 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On October 14, 2016, Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell was interviewed by Mike McIntee of AM950 in Minnesota. The subject of the conversation centered on Christopher’s recently released report – North Carolina Connectivity: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. He discussed the big difference in Internet infrastructure funding between rural and urban areas in North Carolina as well as in Minnesota. The barriers to greater connectivity vary between states but are typically an issue of a state’s authority over its communities.… Read More

The True Value of Recycling and the Waste Stream (Episode 2)

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Neil Seldman, ILSR co-founder and senior staff member of the Waste to Wealth initiative about the hidden value in our waste stream and, specifically, some recent comments made by the CEO of Waste Management, Inc. disparaging the value of recycling.… Read More

David Morris Interviewed on CBS’ “The Fan” Show

Back in 2007, Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-founder David Morris spoke on CBS’ The Fan show. In his discussion, David spoke about and introduced ILSR, offered a bottom-up energy strategy, and proposed an effective populist strategy for reducing clima… Read More

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