The city of Ammon, Idaho is building the Internet network of the future. Households & businesses can instantly change Internet service providers using a specially-designed innovative portal. This 20 min. video highlights how the network is saving money, creating competition for broadband services, & creating powerful new public safety applications.
Located at the foot of Mount Hood in Oregon, Sandy's municipally-owned full fiber network offers gig Internet service for under $60 to every resident in the city. City managers, frustrated that they couldn't even get a DSL line in to city hall started off by building their own wireless and DSL network, beginning in 2001.
It seems counterintuitive that a conservative farming community in southeastern Iowa is home to some of the most expansive solar generation in the U.S. But that's exactly what's happening in the area served by Farmers Electric Cooperative, the rural utility whose enterprising leader, Warren McKenna, saw renewables as a gateway to economic vitality.
On June 17, 2016, Director of the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, John Farrell gave a presentation at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. The title of his talk is "The Coming of Energy Democracy."
Why is it hard for community-scale renewable energy to compete? It's not the price, but the lack of accurate price that takes into account the cost of delivery! This presentation explains how federal law guarantees a right to sell power at competitive prices.
Bike Ready reuses footage from Superstorm Sandy and the actual community based relief on two wheels provided to deliver supplies, communicate, evacuate and generate electricity. In the spirit of mutual aid, let's get ready, bicyclers everywhere! 4 minute video
In this TEDx talk, Stacy Mitchell argues for a new phase in the local economy movement. She notes that there's been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues that now: "What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy."
In this video, produced by Democracy Collaborative staff working with Softbox Films, Gar Alperovitz sketches the major institutions of a systemic alternative based in plural forms of democratic ownership, oriented around community at various scales—what he has called “The Pluralist Commonwealth.”
In one of the best english-language explorations on Quebec's incredible Social Economy movement, Nancy Neamtan, President-Executive Director of the Chantier de l'économie sociale, provides the keynote address to the assembly of participants of the 2014 Manitoba CD/CED Gathering in Winnipeg and answers the question: 'What have we learned and what can we build on in advancing the social economy across Canada?' In this address Nancy covers the history of the social economy in Québec, it's challenges and successes, and what we can learn from this experience.
This shortened version of the award-winning documentary spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today's global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide.