Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where she directs initiatives on independent business and community banking. She is the author of Big-Box Swindle; and also produces a monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.
A growing number of communities are fighting back against the rising power of large retail stores like Wal-Mart. But real change won't come until we stop thinking of ourselves as consumers and start thinking of ourselves as engaged citizens.
Posted on: Feb 19, 2001, Source: New Rules Project
Far from becoming obsolete, public libraries still operate at the heart of their communities. They're fighting, on behalf of their patrons, to prevent private companies from passing legislation that restricts the right to read free of charge.
Posted on: Jul 20, 2000, Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Higher graduation rates, less violence, a sense of belonging instead of alienation: the case for small schools is overwhelming. Then why do so many state and local governments insist in creating more and more giant schools?