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

How States and Cities Can Unlock Local Clean Energy

Date: 2 Jun 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday’s news about the Paris Climate Accords has provoked a groundswell of commitments for local action on climate change. But what can cities actually do in the absence of federal support? A lot. In fact, with the help of states, … Read More

Montgomery Co. MD Bill Requires Distributed Composting

Date: 14 Jul 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On June 28, 2016, Montgomery County Council (Maryland) Vice President, Roger Berliner, introduced legislation to require the development of a comprehensive composting and food recovery strategic plan. The bill might be the first in the country to stipulate a diverse … Read More

“The Secret Side of Global Trade” – David Morris, International Forum on Globalization

Date: 8 Jan 2015 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, Podcast, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 1995, David Morris spoke at the Riverside Church about localism and globalism. In his 15-minute speech David maintains that globalization and gigantism and absentee ownership were not inevitable but the result of public policies. We make the rules, and the rules make us. And the rules we’ve made, especially over the last 50 years, have enabled and encouraged an economic and political system where those who make the rules are separated from those who feel the impact of those rules. … Read More

Celebrate Independence with 3 Steps Toward Energy Self-Reliance

Date: 2 Jul 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Being from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, I’m often asked, “You want everyone off-grid and independent with their own solar array and a battery, right?” In a word, no. But our mission of economic and energy self-reliance has several similarities to … Read More

Announcing: The Coalition for Local Internet Choice

Date: 10 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are excited to announce a new effort to restore and preserve local decision-making authority when it comes to public private partnerships and Internet infrastructure investment. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, will work to ensure communities can make these … Read More

Christopher Mitchell Speaks in Sweden at Fiber Event

Date: 4 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In February, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell travelled to Stockholm to share our work on broadband at an event titled Fibre: The key to creating world-class IT regions. On February 21st, he presented info to attendees on the status of broadband in … Read More

Barry Lynn Talks Monopolies on the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

Date: 26 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Episode #83 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we bring you Barry Lynn to talk about the direct and indirect threats that make market consolidation dangerous. There are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to … Read More

Self-Reliance Podcast Episode 1: Local Self-Reliance in the Modern Economy

Date: 30 Jan 2014 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, Podcast, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What is the role of local self-reliance in the modern economy? As world travel, global commerce, and communications across the oceans bring us closer together, the role of localism changes. In our inaugural podcast episode, we bring together three ILSR … Read More

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