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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.

Building Local Power Institute for Local Self-Reliance

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    • 4.9 • 93 Ratings

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.

    Giving DC Its Flowers

    Giving DC Its Flowers

    Born and raised in DC, Kehmari Norman established her flower shop to bridge culture and floristry. The visionary behind Black Flower Market drew from her background as a stage designer at Temple University,  transforming her skills into landscape design, and intertwining environmentalism with entrepreneurship. Throughout the episode, Kehmari highlights the significance of authenticity and cultivating connections … Read More

    New Generational Wealth in Detroit

    New Generational Wealth in Detroit

    A grassroots group in Detroit reimagines democracy and economic empowerment. … Read More

    • 27 min
    It Takes an Avalon Village

    It Takes an Avalon Village

    Avalon Village is a testament to the resilience of communities and the transformative power of collective action.… Read More

    Detroit Has No Time to Waste Food

    Detroit Has No Time to Waste Food

    A Detroit entrepreneur explains how her pilot projects are building community, local self-reliance, and resilience. … Read More

    • 18 min
    Feeding Detroit

    Feeding Detroit

    The Detroit People's Food Cooperative represents a vital step towards fostering food sovereignty in a neighborhood historically affected by food apartheid. … Read More

    • 30 min
    Writing Detroit’s Next Chapter

    Writing Detroit’s Next Chapter

    A Detroit-based bookseller shares the purpose behind her store and its profound impact on the community over the past three decades.… Read More

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Mc Finnegan ,

Super informative!

I love this podcast! It brings light to underground issues that don't seem to be on the radar but should be. The conversations are in-depth and brings understanding to complicated issues. Thank you Luke and Jess for your great skill in orchestrating the discussion and the research it takes behind the scenes!!

livrstrat ,

Conversations with real experts

The speakers on this show always give thorough, in-depth explanations and analyses on American policy and how our law makers shape our way of life. I learn so much from every episode. It’s never boring.

J. Barshop ,

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 🙌

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