Jun
30
2021
Rowan McOnegal

History of the use of medicinal plants

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Posted Jun 30 2021 by Rowan McOnegal of Hedgerow Medicine
History of the use of medicinal plants

This article explores the history of the legal rights of herbalists to practise, and looks particularly at the use of medicinal plants in wartime Britain. Read more …

Jun
27
2021
Shaila Agha

How ‘chamas’ and mutual credit are changing Africa: Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network

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Posted Jun 27 2021 by Shaila Agha of Sarafu Network
How 'chamas' and mutual credit are changing Africa

Today I’m talking with Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network about ‘chamas’ and mutual credit, and how they’re changing Africa. Read more …

Jun
23
2021
Dave Darby

How you can help get solar onto more roofs in your community: the Big Solar Co-op

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Posted Jun 23 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Help get solar onto more roofs in your community: Big Solar Co-op

As it’s Community Energy Fortnight, I thought I’d have a word with my old mate Jon Hallé, who used to run Lowimpact’s ‘How to Make Biodiesel’ courses in the early noughties (and authored a book of the same title with us), and since then has gone on to found Sharenergy, who have helped over 100 community energy schemes to launch, using wind, solar, hydro and biomass. We’ll publish an interview with Jon soon, but first I wanted to tell you about his latest venture – the Big Solar Co-op (BSC) Read more …

Jun
20
2021
Dave Darby

What kind of work do we want to do? Is working with our hands passé?

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Posted Jun 20 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
What kind of work do we want to do?

There’s an approach to life that sees craft jobs, or smallholding and food production, including baking, brewing and beekeeping, as well as any kind of job that involves manual work and dexterity as somehow retrograde and passé, and that ‘work’ now means mainly putting on a suit and travelling to an office to do something-or-other in sectors such as finance, advertising, sales, fashion or PR. Read more …

Jun
16
2021
Chris Smaje

Can organic farming feed the world?

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Posted Jun 16 2021 by Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future
Can organic farming feed the world?

Now there’s a question – posed by Chris Smaje of the Ecoogical Land Co-op. Chris joined the board of the ELC as Dave of Lowimpact left, and since then Chris has produced a book called A Small Farm Future, which we review here. Members of Lowimpact have become involved in the world of mutual credit, while Chris has tried to convince us that the future of farming is mixed, organic smallholdings rather than giant industrial farms using pesticides. Read more …

Jun
13
2021
John Thackara

John Thackara: ‘Strange’ ideas don’t sound so strange in strange times

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Posted Jun 13 2021 by John Thackara of Tongji University
John Thackara: 'Strange' ideas for strange times

This is part 2 of a conversation with John Thackara. In part 1 we talked about what the future might hold for humanity, and here we talk about what our responses might be. ‘Strange’ ideas might be required for strange times. Read more …

Jun
9
2021
Mitch Ison

How to build a bent willow chair

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Posted Jun 9 2021 by Mitch Ison of Musgrove Willows
How to build a bent willow chair

Complement your home or outdoor space with an easy chair, rocking chairs or a living willow chair! This guide should help you to build a bent willow chair – a fantastic piece of willow furniture. Building a willow chair is incredibly satisfying. Just imagine, when you’ve finished you can literally sit back and enjoy your endeavours. Read more …

Jun
6
2021
Dave Darby

A brief history of money

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Posted Jun 6 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
A brief history of money, from 700 BCE to the present day

Here’s a quick and dirty history of money. Since I’ve been involved in the mutual credit world, I’ve been reading various ‘history of money’ texts, and so I thought I’d organise the notes I’ve taken into a blog article. It’s a half-hour read, to accompany our new ‘Low-impact money’ topic, and I think it gives a good overview of monetary history – but leaving out nonsense like ‘money evolved from barter’, or ‘Kings introduced coins so that their subjects could trade more easily’. If you think anything is wrong, missing or needs more explanation, do let me know in the comments. Read more …

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