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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