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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 23, 2017

Breaking Through Partisanship: Left-Right-Local – Episode 14 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/breaking-through-partisanship-left-right-local-episode-14-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, Stacy Mitchell, and David Morris, directors of our Energy Democracy, Community-Scaled Economies, and Public Good initiatives, respectively. The group discusses the nature of local policies and politics versus the national-level fights and hyper-partisanship. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2017

David Morris Talks About the Work of ILSR on KWMR

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/david-morris-interview-kwmr-february-2017/

On February 27 2017, Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-founder David Morris was interviewed on KWMR-FM about ILSR’s work, the capacity of cities to generate new wealth from existing resources, and the actions cities are taking to expand the commons. The interview was conducted in Point Reyes, California by host, Peter Asmus. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Taking on the Billionaires

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/taking-on-the-billionaires/

Combatting defeatism may be our single most important psychological objective in the wake of the election. We need to revive the spirit embodied in Barack Obama’s vague but hopeful campaign slogan in 2008, “Yes We Can.” At the federal level this is a time to expose, to educate and to resist. But at the state and local level we can act proactively to fashion strategies that both embrace progressive values and directly benefit those who mistakenly voted for Donald Trump as an economic savior. This is the first in a series of pieces focusing on what can be done. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2017

The Perils of Privatization – Episode 9 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-perils-of-privatization-episode-9-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the director of the Public Good initiative. The two discuss the climate surrounding privatization in our economy and how the incoming Trump administration will bolster these efforts nationwide.

Morris delves deep into the history of public infrastructure including explanations of how our language around the subject has changed over the years, privatization in other countries, and hope for the future. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 27, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – December 27, 2016: School Testing, Mass Incarceration, End of the American Dream, and more…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-december-27-2016/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: High Stakes Testing Debunked | Do Unions Aid Student Achievement? | Inequality and Upward Mobility | Do Prisons Reduce Crime? | Uber Unmasked High Stakes Testing: Destructive and Ineffective Student scores on standardized tests have become a key factor, possibly the key… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – December 1, 2016: The Perils of Privatization

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-december-1-2016-the-perils-of-privatization/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: The Privatization of Everything |  Privatizing Education | Privatizing the Oceans Privatizing Municipal Services | A Resource Guide to Privatization The outcome of the Presidential election will make the word “privatization” will become central to our political conversations. We should… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 3, 2016

Powering a Political Revolution, North Dakota’s Non-Partisan League – Episode 4 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/powering-a-political-revolution-episode-3-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, the co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the director of the Public Good initiative about the history behind North Dakota’s Non-Partisan League. In this podcast, Morris goes into detail on the League’s political influence and how their policies set North Dakota on a trajectory of local ownership and a tradition of fighting concentrated economic power. He also notes that North Dakotans are still fending off challenges from major banks and pharmaceutical chains, and that the tradition of local ownership is strong throughout the state. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – October 26, 2016: California Takes on Big Pharma, South Dakotans Take on the Political Establishment, and more…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-october-26-2016-california-takes-on-big-pharma-south-dakotans-take-on-the-political-establishment-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: California Takes on Big Pharma | South Dakotans Take on the Political Establishment | New Mexico Takes on Debtors’ Prisons California Takes on Big Pharma This November, Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that, according to Pharma… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – October 5, 2016: Privatizing Public Parks, Automatic Voter Registration, and more…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-october-5-2016-privatizing-public-parks-automatic-voter-registration-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: The Supreme Court Decision That Prevented Real Integration | A Prison Strike Against Slavery | A Gideon for Civil Suits? | Automatic Voter Registration An Idea Whose Time Has Come | Privatizing Public Parks The Supreme Court Decision That… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2016

David Morris Interviewed on PRN.FM’s “It’s Our Money” Radio Show

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/david-morris-interviewed-on-prn-fms-its-our-money-radio-show/

Progressive Radio Network – August 17, 2016 Continue reading