December 3, 2010
In August of 2009, Juan Miron happened upon a magazine feature about the growing trend of hot food trucks in major US cities. "I thought to myself, 'This is it. This is totally us and it’s something that we can do, and do it well.' I immediately texted Kevin about it and he replied, 'Let’s do it.' We have not stopped since."By the following summer, the most ambitious San Diego mobile restaurant...
August 25, 2010
We're hitting the road! Sheepless founder Scott Ballum is driving from California to Maine—and back—to discover innovative and unique small businesses wherever they may be. Read more about the idea behind this trip here.
Wednesday, September 29: Denver, CO
Starting to get a sense of just how wide the middle of this country is, I finally wrapped up a day-and-a-half of driving to arrive in Denver...
August 24, 2010
Third and last, we need new mechanisms for channeling our investment capital in directions that nurture community and rebuild local economies.
The financial crisis has provided us all with a crash course on how much of our economy is based not on the creation of real value, but on speculation. Over the last year, we have learned that the speculative economy — the one that trades in exotic...
August 11, 2010
My second proposal is that we need to adopt planning policies that support local economies.
I live in a 19th century neighborhood in a small New England city. My mother-in-law, who grew up in this same neighborhood, often talks about what it was like during her childhood in the 1940s. What I find most striking about her description is how many businesses our little section of town once had....
August 2, 2010
About ten years ago, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance launched the New Rules Project to develop and advocate for policies that would democratize ownership, refashion the economy for long-term sustainability, and nurture strong self-conscious and self-governing communities. Today I would like to highlight three areas of policy reform that I think are especially critical.
The first is that...
July 26, 2010
While signs abound that people are rediscovering the benefits of an economy rooted in community and small-scale enterprise, all of this activity, though widespread, is still quite modest. It exists largely on the margins and is unlikely to coalesce into a wholesale reorganization of our economy unless we change the rules.
We tend to imagine that our economic system is the product of a kind of...