Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where she directs initiatives on banking and independent business. She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also writes a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin. She lives in Portland, Maine, and has lately joined Twitter. Continue reading
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John Farrell is the Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and widely known as the guru of distributed energy. John is best known for his vivid illustrations of the economic and environmental benefits of local ownership of decentralized renewable energy. He’s the author of Energy Self-Reliant States, a state-by-state atlas of renewable… Continue reading
Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative. He has worked as a server administrator, web geek, and in automated software quality assurance. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Macalester College.
Christopher’s work focuses on telecommunications — helping communities ensure the networks upon which they depend, are accountable to the community. He has published several reports, articles, and interviews while also offering technical assistance to communities around the country.
In the Minneapolis office, Christopher tries not to distract his colleague John Farrell more than 5 times per day. He is also a sports photographer and rock climbing enthusiast. While on rock-climbing trips, Chris is known to stop by nearby community broadband networks for a tour. Continue reading
Dr. David Morris is co founder and vice president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods. His columns have appeared in over 200 magazines, journals and newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Japan Times, International Herald Tribune, Smithsonian magazine and Journal of Commerce. He has been a consultant to local, state and federal governments in the U.S. and abroad. Continue reading