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.
Is It Finally Time to Break up Big Tech?
In this bonus episode of Building Local Power, ILSR Co-director Stacy Mitchell and Senior Researcher Ron Knox dig into the new report from the House Antitrust Subcommittee on monopoly power in digital markets. The report is the result of a more than a year-long investigation into the anticompetitive behavior of the four biggest tech companies: Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple.
How the Baltimore Farm Alliance is Fighting Food Apartheid and Building Community Resilience – Episode 111 of Building Local Power
Host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Denzel Mitchell, Deputy Director of the Baltimore Farm Alliance, and Sophia Hosain, leader of ILSR’s composting work in Baltimore. The Baltimore Farm Alliance is a membership organization of urban farms, neighborhood growers, and friends that use connection, resource sharing, and collective advocacy with respect to food, land, and water to expand communities’ self-determination and power.
One Size Fits None: Why Connecting California’s Least Connected Requires a Tailored Solution (Episode 110)
ILSR's Christopher Mitchell interviews Rebecca Woodbury and Air Gallegos, who helped lead a local effort to build a Wi-Fi mesh network to connect residents in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael, Calif.… Read More
How Local Control Empowers Cities to Fight Climate Change (Episode 109)
Host Jess Del Fiacco talks with John Farrell, Director of ILSR's Energy Democracy Initiative, about how cities are taking action around climate change. This episode also features perspective from leaders in Burlington, Vt.; Boulder, Colo.; Pueblo, Colo.; and Minneapolis, Minn., who have tackled ambitious clean energy goals.
Zephyr Teachout on Building an Antimonopoly Movement (Episode 108)
Zephyr Teachout, author of the new book Break 'Em Up, shares her thoughts on building an antimonopoly movement, what she finds encouraging and discouraging in our current moment, and how she approaches antimonopoly work as a democracy activist.… Read More
Can the People Take Power Back From Big Tech? (Episode 107)
Host Jess Del Fiacco talks to ILSR's Stacy Mitchell and Ron Knox about the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee's recent hearing on monopoly power in online platforms, which featured testimony from the CEOs of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Google. The hearing was part of a year-long investigation of anti-competitive behavior in these companies — the first time in more than 40 years that Congress has conducted a detailed investigation of monopoly power.
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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!