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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2017

Thanks to Co-op, Small Iowa Town Goes Big On Solar

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It’s hard to imagine a place more bucolic than the rural farming communities clustered around Kalona, Iowa — the kind of place that for generations has embodied conservative, blue-collar values woven throughout rural America. Nestled in the gently rolling hills of southeastern Iowa, it’s at first difficult to tell what sets Kalona apart from countless… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, The Public Good, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Video: Break the Chains, Build Local Power

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Since our founding in 1974, we have worked to rewrite the rules and empower communities to choose their own future. Across several vital economic sectors, we help break the corporate stranglehold that extracts wealth from local economies and undermines democracy. We give communities the tools to build a strong local economy themselves. From banking to energy, healthy… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2016

Watch: Sustainable Communities and Local Self-Reliance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-sustainable-communities-and-local-self-reliance/

On March 25th, 2010, David Morris delivered the keynote presentation to Wisconsin’s Sustainable Communities Public Policy Forum. He talks about local self-reliance as both a means and an end, a strategy and a goal. A clean environment and a health economy depend on communities extracting the maximum value from local human, capital and natural resources…. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 1993

A Globe of Villages: The tricky business of balancing community control with the demands of an interconnected planet

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An interview with David Morris, by Sarah van Gelder published by Context Institute in 1993 Continue reading

Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 1990

Democracy and Autonomy – Speech

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A speech by David Morris presented at The Other Economc Summit in Houston, Texas in July 1990, later published in Annals of Earth (Vol X, No.3, 1992). Continue reading

Resource filed under Energy, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 1982

Self-Reliant Cities – Energy and the Transformation of Urban America

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The first half of this book discusses the century-long struggle by cities to gain autonomy and authority from state governments and create their own planning and service delivery capacities. The second part describes the first urban-based localization movements. Given the relevance of the book to current localist efforts, we’ve written a new foreword that traces the local energy initiatives after the 75 percent plunge in oil prices after 1982 and the coming to power of a new administration hostile to renewable energy. Continue reading

Resource filed under Energy, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 5 Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 1982

The New City-States

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"From the hills of Seattle to the flatlands of Davis, from the industrial city of Hartford to the universty town of Madison, cities are beginning to redefine their role in our society," begins this important essay.  For Morris the new role should should include inducing the widest distribution of productive capacity.  New technologies make possible a more self-conscious and organic city. Local self-reliance becomes a strategy that embraces economic, environmental, and political goals. Morris argues that we have had far too much government and far too little governance.  Government is bureaucratic. Governance is democratic.  Communities can design their future. The new city-state emerge.  Continue reading