May
21
2017
Dave Darby

Can you imagine a world without money? Summary of the ‘credit commons’ idea and how it can be achieved

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Posted May 21 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Last week I blogged about a potentially world-changing idea that could be labelled ‘credit commons’, or the catchy ‘global mutual credit system’. It’s a system of exchange that involves no money. It’s difficult to grasp at first, but the more you think about it, the more you realise that a) it’s implementable, and b) if implemented, it could end poverty, war and environmental destruction. Read more …

May
11
2017
Dave Darby

This is the best attempt I’ve seen at building a sustainable, democratic, (and inevitably moneyless) economy. It’s worth understanding what they’re saying

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Posted May 11 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that whatever we do, we’re not going to transition to a sustainable, democratic future with the current money and banking system, then I agree with you. Read more …

May
7
2017
Dave Darby

How money causes poverty (plus war and ecological destruction), and what could replace it

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Posted May 7 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Exchange has always been part of the human story, whether between individuals, tribes or nations. Some people have what others don’t, due to geography or skill, and exchange is a means of getting what you don’t have, and giving what you have a surplus of. Read more …

Apr
27
2017
Dave Darby

Why an economy that’s not dominated by the corporate sector would be much better for individuals, communities and nature

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Posted Apr 27 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Lowimpact.org is an organisation that was founded by two people in 2001 because of concerns about ecological damage and what that might mean for the future of humanity. The focus has always been on individual lifestyle change Read more …

Apr
24
2017
Dave Darby

Let’s build a sustainable, non-corporate world; but what exactly does ‘non-corporate’ mean?

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Posted Apr 24 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is the first of two articles examining the non-corporate sector, and its advantages for ecology, democracy, communities and individuals. Here’s a checklist of the benefits of reducing the reach of the corporate sector, but first, let’s work out what kind of organisations comprise the non-corporate sector. Read more …

Apr
9
2017
Dave Darby

Dump Skype, switch to Jitsi: non-corporate, open source, nothing to download, no harvesting of your data

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Posted Apr 9 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Here’s a free, open source programme for online chat / video chat. The corporate equivalent is Skype, which is now owned by Microsoft. Read more …

Apr
6
2017
Dave Darby

Why the ‘natural’ in natural soaps is so important

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Posted Apr 6 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

True soaps can be made from a range of oils and butters which come from plants, trees and in the case of some oils such as tallow and lard, from animals. These oils and butters are chemically classed as mild acids. Read more …

Apr
4
2017
Dave Darby

New Ecological Land Co-op share offer launched: here’s a chance to help bring about change in land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for your trouble!

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Posted Apr 4 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Please share this as widely as you can. I’m on the board of the Ecological Land Co-op, and so I know how much hard work has gone into this – it’s an opportunity for people to shift their money to help change the nature of land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for doing so. Read more …

Mar
16
2017
Dave Darby

Is democracy obsolete, and can we ever achieve it as long as we have to keep feeding ‘the beast’?

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Posted Mar 16 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

In the West, there’s a word that usually accompanies ‘democracy’, and that word is ‘liberal’. Liberal democracies – that’s what we have in the West. That’s liberal, as in liberty / freedom; and that’s certainly what classical liberalism stood for in its infancy. Read more …

Mar
8
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 11: buying a laptop without Windows – with Linux or with no operating system at all

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Posted Mar 8 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is the last in a series of articles to help you to jettison Windows and corporate software generally. Read more …

Mar
6
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 10: how to install Linux on your hard drive (alongside Windows)

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Posted Mar 6 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is the latest in a series of articles intended to help you become Windows- and corporate-software-free. Read more …

Feb
16
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 9: learning to use Linux

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Posted Feb 16 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Remember the previous two blog articles about switching to open source / free software? The first was about switching to free / open source programmes whilst still using Windows, and the second was about downloading the Linux operating system onto a datastick so that you can play with it and familiarise yourself with it, but keep Windows in the mean time. Read more …

Feb
14
2017
Dave Darby

How to misrepresent Adam Smith: review of P. J. O’Rourke’s ‘On the Wealth of Nations’

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Posted Feb 14 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I don’t know if you’re familiar with P. J., but he’s an excellent writer, and he’s extremely, acerbically funny. With this book, as with his Give War a Chance, several times he made me spit my tea out and have to stop to wipe tea off the page. Read more …

Feb
5
2017
Dave Darby

Why we’d be better off living like the Saxons (with a few mod cons)

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Posted Feb 5 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
saxon-village

If you spend your life trying to promote low-impact living, you sometimes get asked the most ridiculous questions. More than once I’ve been asked something along the lines of: ‘you want to take us back to the Middle Ages, don’t you?’ Read more …

Jan
31
2017
Dave Darby

Is a Permaculture world achievable, and if so, why are we moving in the opposite direction?

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Posted Jan 31 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Every species has to live in harmony with nature, and humans are no exception. The alternative is gruesome and very short-term. Our ultimate and most valuable treasures are the soil and the sea. They provide all our food Read more …

Jan
25
2017
Dave Darby

Part-time work available in the Lowimpact.org team

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Posted Jan 25 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
low-impact

We’re looking for a somebody to work with us – from home, part-time, to market our activities and our publications to more people. Read more …

Jan
17
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 8: how to test drive Linux from a datastick, but keep Windows for the time being

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Posted Jan 17 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

A while ago I blogged about the various open source programmes I’m using. I’m absolutely non-techie when it comes to IT. I have no interest in the technical underpinning of what I want to do with my computer, and this makes it difficult for technical people to explain things to me. Read more …

Jan
15
2017
Dave Darby

What to do if you want to build your home on a spot occupied by an ancient tree

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Posted Jan 15 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
sloans-oak

We’ve been contacted several times by people who ask why we’re promoting the building of timber homes and the burning of wood in wood stoves or biomass boilers. Their argument was that timber building and the production of firewood require the felling of trees Read more …

Jan
13
2017
Dave Darby

Ecology as theology: religion must oppose the destruction of nature

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Posted Jan 13 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

The vast majority of the world’s population subscribe to a religion. According to Pew Research, although the number of people unaffiliated with a particular faith will increase by 2050, as a percentage, this group will fall from 16% now to 13% in 2050 Read more …

Jan
8
2017
Dave Darby

What are the roots of right and left thinking, and can we unite left and right against corporate power?

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Posted Jan 8 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Why do people who consider themselves ‘left-wing’ seem to embrace a raft of policies that appear unrelated? For example, if you’re of the left, and you believe in (say) progressive taxation, why should that also mean that you believe in gun control, or Read more …

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