Jan
31
2019
Sigi Koko

How to make natural non-toxic paint from clay

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Posted Jan 31 2019 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
An example of a natural non-toxic paint from clay

Natural builder Sigi Koko shares her tried and tested method of making natural non-toxic paint from clay.

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Jan
29
2019
Simon Lennane

So long, Doris: how to make a Linux computer from scratch

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How to build a Linux computer from scratch with Simon Lennane

When his old computer died, Simon Lennane knew exactly what to do to get back up and running, by building a Linux computer from scratch.

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Jan
27
2019
Tom Greco

Why the future of money is mutual credit (and not Bitcoin): Interview with Thomas H Greco Jr.

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Posted Jan 27 2019 by Tom Greco of Beyond Money
Dave Darby discusses the future of money with Thomas Greco, author of The End of Money and the Future of Civilization

Today I’m talking with Thomas Greco, who taught economics, finance and statistics for 14 years at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and is now an activist and consultant working on alternatives to the current money system. He also wrote the End of Money and the Future of Civilisation. I came across this book around the same time as Matthew Slater’s credit commons white paper and Positive Money’s videos on how money is created. They completely changed the way I saw the world, and certainly how I thought about money.

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Jan
24
2019
Matthew Slater

UK Mutual Credit Network: register your interest

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The UK Mutual Credit Network offers trade for mutual benefit

Working alongside our partners at The Open Co-op, the UK Mutual Credit Network is starting to win support from organisations like Goodmoney and Finance Lab. Matthew Slater shares how you can get involved.

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Jan
22
2019
Juliette Gauvain

Help bring community energy to North Kensington with the NKCE share offer

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Posted Jan 22 2019 by Juliette Gauvain of Repowering London
NKCE are bringing even more solar panels to the local community in North Kensington

North Kensington Community Energy is the first community-owned energy enterprise in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. They are installing solar panels on 2 primary schools and a community centre.

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Jan
20
2019
Trevor Hilder

How the viable system model (VSM) can help build a new economy: Trevor Hilder of Web of Wealth

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Posted Jan 20 2019 by Trevor Hilder of Web of Wealth
Trevor Hilder of WebofWealth.org explains the viable system model

Today I’m talking with Trevor Hilder of WebofWealth.org, who is a specialist in Stafford Beer’s viable system model (VSM). What I’m really interested in is how we can use the VSM to build a non-extractive, co-operative federation – a federation that’s comprised of a large number of small units, not giant corporations, and not giant co-operatives either. I’m interested in how far we can scale this federation. In March, we’re hosting a meeting of key people working in the new economy, and the aim is to work out how we federate and grow the non-extractive economy in the UK.

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Jan
17
2019
Sean Fagan

7 great reasons to try bushcraft and camping in winter

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Posted Jan 17 2019 by Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft

Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft explores 7 great reasons why being outdoors and camping in winter can be fun, challenging and ultimately educational – and will greatly improve your overall bushcraft and camping skills.

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Jan
15
2019
Adrian Leaman

Free learning with a Wholewoods community build camp in 2019

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Posted Jan 15 2019 by Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods
A happy team of Wholewoods community build camp volunteers

Wholewoods are continuing their fantastic work, offering volunteers on-site learning on a 2019 build camp to construct a roundhouse for OrganicLea. Adrian Leaman has all the details of how to get involved below.

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Jan
13
2019
Maresa Bossano

Community-supported agriculture vs corporate supermarkets: Maresa Bossano of the UK CSA Network

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Maresa Bossano of the UK CSA Network

This is part 2 of an interview with Maresa Bossano, who is the co-ordinator for the Community-Supported Agriculture Network in the UK. Part 1 is here.

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Jan
10
2019
Lesley Anderson

Life on Birchwood Croft: tales of smallholding in the Scottish Highlands

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Beth Rose of Birchwood Croft

Lesley Anderson learns about the ups and downs of life for crofters Beth and Tim Rose at Birchwood Croft in the Scottish Highlands.

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Jan
8
2019
Sigi Koko

How to build an adobe earthen floor with Sigi Koko (Part 4)

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Posted Jan 8 2019 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design
An adobe earthen floor by Sigi Koko

Natural builder Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares how to build an adobe floor. In Part 4, we learn how to perfect the final finishing layer.

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Jan
6
2019
Graham Mitchell

Co-operativising the tech sector: an interview with Graham Mitchell of Webarchitects & CoTech

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Posted Jan 6 2019 by Graham Mitchell of CoTech
Co-operativising the tech sector: an interview Graham Mitchell

Today, we’re talking with Graham Mitchell of Cotech about the co-operativisation of the tech sector. It’s part of our series of interviews with people building the ‘new economy’.

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Jan
3
2019
Ed Hamer

Chagfood community market garden apprenticeships on offer in 2019

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Posted Jan 3 2019 by Ed Hamer of Chagfood
Produce grown at Chagfood CSA

Could 2019 be the year you learn how to set up and run a community market garden? Chagfood, a CSA scheme based in Chagford, Devon, is offering two apprenticeship opportunities from April to October. Read more …

Jan
1
2019
Dave Darby

What do we do about the coming ecological crash?

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Posted Jan 1 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Teetering on the edge of an ecological collapse

So let’s start the year with a bit of optimism. Our last post was about the fact that there is a general lack of understanding of the implications of biodiversity loss, and the contribution of climate change to it. This post is for people who do understand what’s happening to nature, but can see no way to avoid catastrophe. Read more …

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