Dec
29
2019
Ruby Taylor

December forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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Posted Dec 29 2019 by Ruby Taylor of Native Hands
December forage of the month: so-called King Alfred's cakes

With edible pickings thin on the ground for her December forage of the month, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands instead collects inedible fungi for fire making, commonly known as King Alfred’s cakes. Read more …

Dec
22
2019
Dave Darby

What I’ve discovered about the money system and how the world is run, since working with the Open Credit Network

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Posted Dec 22 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The money system

In the summer of 2018 I went along to Open2018 to see Matthew Slater talk about how we might shake up the money system with a global Credit Commons. After his presentation, Matthew and I met with Oliver Sylvester-Bradley of the Open Co-op, who organised the event, and decided to build a mutual credit network for the UK. Read more …

Dec
18
2019
Nick Mann

Wildflower meadows in spring: what to look forward to

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Posted Dec 18 2019 by Nick Mann of Habitat Aid
Dandelion found in wildflower meadows in spring

As the winter solstice approaches, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid takes a welcome look forward to the delights of his wildflower meadows in spring. Read more …

Dec
15
2019
Debbie Clarke

What it’s like to work in a cooperative grocery store: Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery, Part 1

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Posted Dec 15 2019 by Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery
Debbie Clarke of Unicorn cooperative grocery

Today I’m talking with Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery – a cooperative grocery store in Manchester; and the thing I’m particularly interested in about Unicorn Grocery is that instead of wanting to become a huge chain, they’ve got a toolkit called ‘Grow your own Grocery’ to help people set up cooperative grocery stores in their own towns. Read more …

Dec
13
2019
Sarah Young

A guide to composting: the fundamentals

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Posted Dec 13 2019 by Sarah Young of Ethical.net
"Compost happens" photo by Toni Reed via Unsplash

We share the first part of Ethical.net’s guide to composting, covering the fundamental principles of turning your food waste into a wonderful soil fertiliser. Read more …

Dec
10
2019
Dave Darby

26 questions from a 10-year-old to his parents about the election

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Posted Dec 10 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Questions about the election

At a dinner party on Saturday evening, I had a discussion about a) the efficacy of elections for bringing about meaningful change, and b) the desirability of the quest for perpetual economic growth (I didn’t feel positively about either of those things). Our hosts’ 10-year-old son was listening carefully, after which he expressed his intention to interview his parents about their thoughts on the election, and to film it, possibly for YouTube. Read more …

Dec
8
2019
Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Become one of the first movers in a new, collaborative economy: Open Credit Network Alpha launch

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Open Credit Network Alpha launch

Lowimpact.org are working with Open.coop to build a new, co-operative, moneyless, mutual credit trading system for the UK, with a view to joining many similar schemes around the world to create a new global trading system, that requires neither banks nor interest. The point of this article is to invite you, if you own or work for a small businesses, to join the directory, find new customers and suppliers, and trade in mutual credit, in cash, or in a combination of both. Read more …

Dec
4
2019
Eloise Sentito

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”

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Posted Dec 4 2019 by Eloise Sentito of These Isles
Living on the edge: weighing skeins of yarn

With the end of 2019 drawing near, nomadic handweaver Eloïse Sentito reflects on a year of significant change, living on the edge while spinning, dyeing and weaving her way from Brittany to Devon.
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Dec
1
2019
Dave Darby

New topic – ‘commoning’ – and why ‘the Tragedy of the Commons’ is wrong

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Posted Dec 1 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The tragedy of the commons

At university, back in the 80s, we were taught about ‘the Tragedy of the Commons’ – an essay by Garrett Hardin, about how common resources are always abused, because humans are basically selfish. It seemed plausible at the time, but has since been shown to be false. Read more …

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