At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we work to break the chains of monopoly power in all sectors of our economy. From challenging incumbent cable monopolies in order to promote better Internet connectivity to pointing out how Amazon pushes local retailers out of the market, our researchers develop positive policy prescriptions to improve local economies. This podcast series provides a first glimpse at some of our newest original research and a unique economic perspective on today's most pressing topics.
Centering Racial Justice in the Antimonopoly Fight
Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell are joined by Solana Rice and Jeremie Greer of Liberation in a Generation, an organization dedicated to achieving economic liberation for people of color. They discuss their recent publication Anti-Monopoly Activism: Reclaiming Power through Racial Justice, which argues that the fight against monopoly is intertwined with the fight for racial justice, and that organizers of color must be centered in the antimonopoly movement.
The Role of Antitrust Law in Creating Energy Justice
ILSR Co-Director John Farrell interviews Jean Su, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's Energy Justice program, about the history of state-granted monopolies in the electricity sector, and whether this monopoly system still works. Their conversation also touches on a current antitrust case in Arizona, the energy violence inflicted upon communities of color, and what we can do to build a just fossil-free future.
A Make or Break Moment for Local Solutions
Host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by ILSR colleagues Maren Machles, Ron Knox, and Neil Seldman to discuss recent news and how upcoming policy decisions could have major ramifications on local-level solutions.
Stop Privileging Large Industrial Sites Over Local Composters
ILSR's Jess Del Fiacco and Brenda Platt are joined by Tom Gilbert of Black Dirt Farm and Lor Holmes of the CERO Cooperative. Their discussion focuses on the need to support local and distributed infrastructure for food scrap recycling and composting.
Small Business Rising is Fighting Monopoly Power
Host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Mary Timmel, ILSR's Small Business Organizer, along with two small business owners, Danny Caine and Natasha Amott. Amott and Caine are among many other business owners and independent business groups that have joined Small Business Rising, a coalition that is calling on federal policymakers to reign in monopoly power.
Can We Be Local in a Digital World?
Host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Christopher Mitchell, Director of ILSR's Community Broadband initiative, and Christopher Ali, Associate Professor in the department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Their conversation focuses around the idea of what it means to be local during a time when more and more pieces of our lives are shifting online.
Deeply substantial and amazingly practical
It’s obvious that Jess and the ILSR Team put extraordinary effort into finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insight that they bring to bear on the problems we’re facing is still mind-blowing Every. Single. Time.
No matter the topic, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend Building Local Power enough 🙌
Exactly what I was looking for
Critically important answers to unasked and/or overlooked questions. So much of our energy space is captured by inertia. John and the ILSR gang shake things up in all the right ways.
I am a longtime fan of ILSR's work (full disclosure: I'm a former employee), and this podcast is one of my favorite developments. These guys shed light on issues that others don't, present real solutions to otherwise daunting problems (with the research to back it up), and feature informed and engaging guests and staff. Keep it coming, friends!