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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2018

Colorado State Senator Steve Fenberg on Local Power Versus Corporate Power (Episode 39)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fenberg-local-power-blp-episode-39/

When a local activist saw that his community wanted a better, more renewable future he took action — now he’s doing the same work in the Colorado State Senate. This week’s episode of the Building Local Power podcast features a great conversation between the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell and… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2018

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/naacp-activism-blp-episode-38/

“[I]t’s not as if I can sit here and say that we know the entire nation and every municipality, what they have and don’t have. But we know starting with the ones we’re working with that actually have a vision of what they want to do and we kind of build out from there,” says Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2018

Video: How Communities Use Clean Energy to Build Local Power – Alternative Energy Resources Expo

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-how-communities-use-clean-energy-to-build-local-power-alternative-energy-resources-expo/

In October 2017, John Farrell gave a keynote address to the annual meeting and expo of AERO, a Montana organization with a similar mission of empowering communities to promote a sustainable economy. He addressed the widespread opportunity for clean energy in Montana, the shared desire of communities to capture that growing economic opportunity, and three… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2018

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/strong-towns-blp-episode-37/

As a trained engineer and planner, Strong Towns Founder and President Chuck Marohn noticed something off about the decisions many of the cities and towns were making in regards to their economic development. In short, they were building with the expectation of overall decay, not of incremental improvement long-term. It was then that Marohn decided… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2018

North Dakota’s Exceptional Fiber Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 288

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/north-dakotas-exceptional-fiber-networks-community-broadband-bits-podcast-288/

This is episode 288 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. With only about 757,000 residents and more than 710,000 square miles North Dakota is ranked 53rd in population density among U.S. states, territories, and Washington DC…. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 28, 2017

The Rising Anti-Monopoly Movement (Episode 36)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/anti-monopoly-blp-episode-36/

“These monopoly utilities have grown too powerful for the utility regulators to rein them in,” says John Farrell of the power of monopoly electric utilities in our economy in an illustration of just one of the many industries where monopoly power reigns. Monopoly power is an ineffable part of our society, but a new movement… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2017

2017 in Review and a Preview of 2018 – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 286

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2017-in-review-and-a-preview-of-2018-community-broadband-bits-podcast-286/

This is episode 286 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2017

Creating Community Wealth Through Compost — Episode 4 of the Composting for Community Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/creating-community-wealth-through-compost-episode-4-of-the-composting-for-community-podcast/

Welcome to the Composting for Community podcast! We’re kicking things off with a special promotional mini-series for the upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop in Atlanta. In each episode of this mini-series, you will meet a new, inspiring community composter that attended the 2017 CCC events. You can find other episodes here. We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to… Continue reading

Photo: Stacy Mitchell, Rep. Ellison, and Lina Khan.
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2017

Listen: Stacy Mitchell on “We the Podcast” with Rep. Keith Ellison and Lina Khan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-stacy-mitchell-on-we-the-podcast-with-rep-keith-ellison-and-lina-khan/

Taking on Amazon. It’s a big subject. But in this episode of Rep. Keith Ellison’s podcast, “We the People,” ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and Lina Khan of Open Markets join Rep. Ellison to talk about how to do just that — and why we need to. Listen to this 30-minute episode wherever you find your podcasts, or watch the video. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2017

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/zero-waste-blp-episode-35/

Paul Connett, a sustainability activist and Profess Emeritus of St. Lawrence University, sits down to speak with Building Local Power podcast guest host Nick Stumo-Langer and ILSR co-founder Neil Seldman about his work promoting zero waste policies to communities across the world.

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. Continue reading