In this week's episode of Building Local Power, host Christopher Mitchell (of our Community Broadband Networks initiative) interviews ILSR co-founder David Morris about the history of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and why the message of local self-reliance is as relevant today as it was in the 1970s. This wide-ranging conversation explores how cities are rising to the moment by exerting their own power.

"No matter whether you're a conservative or a radical, you hate your utility company, and you hate your utility company because it's a monopoly, and it's remote, and it's not responsive, and for a whole bunch of reasons," Morris says. "So when you're starting to talk about energy that can be harnessed at the local level, and the rooftop level, and the neighborhood level, and the metropolitan level, people are extremely enthusiastic. That cuts across ideologies, and it's that political, I think, as well as environmental dynamic that’s the most important of all."


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Audio: Funk Interlude by Dysfunction_AL Ft: Fourstones – Scomber (Bonus Track). Copyright, 2016.

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