The Institute for Local Self-Reliance Participates in Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day – 2017

Date: 16 Nov 2017 | posted in: Uncategorized | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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ILSR champions local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly-scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. We work with citizens, activists, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to design policies that meet our needs. We want to make sure that the benefits of our political economy benefits all local citizens.

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ILSR’s research from our Energy Democracy initiative has shown why Minnesota’s community solar program has been such a success, and why it’s a model that other states should follow.

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Sibley County embarked on a new Internet access cooperative, thanks in large part to the Minnesota Border-to-Border Broadband program, which ILSR promoted and told the stories of the benefit to to decision makers across the state.

Amazon is exerting a growing pull on Minnesota’s economy. Your support helps us fund our groundbreaking research on the Internet giant, it has been cited in 100s of media reports and by policymakers as a reason to keep resources local.

Xcel Energy’s proposed Becker gas plant would harm a community that could earn millions from renewable energy investments, rather than a new gas plant – check out our op-ed from the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the plan.

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Nick Stumo-Langer was Communications Manager at ILSR working for all five initiatives. He ran ILSR's Facebook and Twitter profiles and builds relationships with reporters. He is an alumnus of St. Olaf College and animated by the concerns of monopoly power across our economy.