Nov
22
2020
Dave Darby

I’ve got a book deal. I’d like to ask for your advice about how to deliver the message.

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Posted Nov 22 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I’ve got a book deal with Chelsea Green, which is quite scary. They like my writing style, but the content needs a bit of translating for a wide audience. The Covid pandemic provided the stimulus to bring together a group of specialists to form ‘Mutual Credit Services’ (new website coming soon). My role is in the ‘propaganda department’ – hence the book. Read more …

Nov
15
2020
Dave Darby

Are squirrels or pigeons ‘food’, and should we reintroduce pine martens?

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Posted Nov 15 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
A squirrel - is it food?

OK, so this isn’t really about squirrels or pigeons – it’s about any animal; we’re back to the veganism vs meat-eating discussion. But just focusing on squirrels and pigeons for the moment, I guess everyone accepts that they are of course food for other animals. They’re in a food chain, after all. Pine martens don’t need to wrestle with this question – squirrels are most definitely food for them. And sparrow hawks don’t need to ask about pigeons – or squirrels either, for that matter. It’s about whether they’re acceptable food for humans. You can make up your own mind when it comes to you. You can decide that you’re never going to eat squirrels or pigeons – but do you have the right to dictate to others that they shouldn’t eat them either? Read more …

Nov
8
2020
Dave Darby

CoopCycle Federation: aiming for a bicycle courier co-op in every town

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Posted Nov 8 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
CoopCycle Federation

Today I’m talking with Claire Stocks of Chorlton Bike Deliveries and Matt Nicholson of York Collective. Both are bicycle courier co-operatives. Read more …

Nov
1
2020
Dave Darby

Review of ‘A Small Farm Future’ by Chris Smaje

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Posted Nov 1 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
A Small Farm Future by Chris Smaje

Industrial agriculture and giant monoculture farms dominate our food sector. But does it have to be that way? Could and should we build a new kind of food system based on small farms? This new book, ‘A Small Farm Future’ published by Chelsea Green, outlines what a post-covid, post-capitalist society might look like, built around a repopulated countryside of small farmers. Read more …

Oct
25
2020
Dave Darby

Are power hierarchies inevitable in human society?

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Posted Oct 25 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Power hierarchies: a wooden stepladder

Just to be clear, I’m only talking about institutional, power hierarchies here, not hierarchies based on beauty, knowledge, intelligence, ability, respect etc. Those hierarchies are inevitable, of course, and life would probably be quite boring without them. Read more …

Oct
18
2020
Dave Darby

Do energy-saving measures actually increase overall energy use?

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Posted Oct 18 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Do energy-saving measures actually increase overall energy use?

Having worked in the environmental field for 30 years, I’ve watched the situation get worse every year, to the point that it might already be irreversible, and we don’t know what damage it’s going to do to us, exactly. That’s pretty insane, and so Read more …

Sep
6
2020
Dave Darby

My tribute to David Graeber: please read his words

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Posted Sep 6 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
David Graeber: a tribute

Maybe David Graeber’s death can challenge us to take a few minutes to think about the demonisation of the word anarchism. I believe that the two fundamental assumptions of anarchism are correct – that: Read more …

Aug
16
2020
Dave Darby

We need to completely close down industrial animal agriculture

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Posted Aug 16 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Intensive pig farming - an example of industrial animal agriculture

Industrial agriculture is cruel to animals, cruel to people who work in it, it damages the environment and concentrates wealth in very few hands. I guess if you’re reading this, you know that already, and I don’t have to explain it. The problem is, it’s still there, doing its vile stuff every day. What do we do about it? Read more …

Aug
2
2020
Dave Darby

Beware the ‘Great Reset’: a power grab by billionaires

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Posted Aug 2 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The Great Reset : the World Economic Forum Davos summit

The world is run by and for billionaires. If you’d prefer it to be run democratically, for all of us, then don’t be fooled by the ‘Great Reset’ – a request by the corporate and financial sectors for governments to give them taxpayers’ money to take more control. Read more …

Jul
12
2020
Dave Darby

What post-Covid communities could look like, if enough of us want it

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Posted Jul 12 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Post-Covid communities : what could towns like be like?

Here’s a little story for anyone who’s noticed that things aren’t going too well in our communities. Small businesses are going under, unemployment is on the rise and money’s becoming scarce. Read more …

Jun
21
2020
Dave Darby

How can people keep working if the economy crashes and there’s just no money around?

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Posted Jun 21 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Mutual credit means people can keep working if the economy crashes

Imagine that there’s an enormous economic crash coming. Say, the biggest economic crash in history. Outlandish, I know, but just give it a try. Read more …

Jun
14
2020
Dave Darby

How accountants can use mutual credit to support small businesses during the post-covid slump

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Posted Jun 14 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
How accountants can use mutual credit to support small businesses

Are you an accountant? Do you have an accountant? Do you know an accountant? If you could bring this article to their attention, we think they might find it interesting – it’s an idea that can be very useful for accountants, to help keep their small business clients afloat during the post-covid economic slump. Read more …

Jun
3
2020
Dave Darby

Water For Rojava international solidarity fund

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Posted Jun 3 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
A dry watercourse in Minbic - Water for Rojava

Dave Darby shares news of a crowdfunding campaign launched by the Solidarity Economy Association to rebuild vital water infrastructure in North and East Syria. Read more …

May
24
2020
Dave Darby

Mutual credit – a lifeline for small businesses

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Posted May 24 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
mutual-credit-businesses

This post follows on from yesterday’s, about community wealth building. Tomorrow, Dil Green explains how community wealth building and mutual credit could be a match made in heaven. Read more …

May
23
2020
Dave Darby

‘The Case for Community Wealth Building’: review

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Posted May 23 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The Case for Community Wealth Building

This is the first of three articles in three days about ‘community wealth building’ (CWB) and mutual credit. Today we’re explaining community wealth building, and reviewing a book: The Case for Community Wealth Building. Tomorrow we’ll blog about how mutual credit can help post-Covid communities, and on Monday, Dil Green continues the theme, explaining how CWB and mutual credit is a match made in heaven. Read more …

May
10
2020
Dave Darby

Our policy on keeping animals & eating meat

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Posted May 10 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Eating meat and keeping animals

Our topics include vegetarianism and veganism, but also keeping animals (for meat, dairy, eggs, honey, wool, leather, work etc); and also fishing and hunting animals in the wild. Is this incongruous? As a sustainability / new economy organisation, should we be promoting only veganism, rather than the keeping and/or eating of animals? Read more …

Apr
26
2020
Dave Darby

The alternative to the current money system: Tim Jenkin, Matthew Slater & Dil Green

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Posted Apr 26 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Bank notes in different currencies - but what are the alternatives to the money system?

Here I interview Tim Jenkin, Matthew Slater and Dil Green (and Keith the cat, briefly, until he got bored – see video) about the money system, the problems it causes and what could replace it. Fascinating insights from three people who have spent an enormous amount of time thinking about the money system. Read more …

Apr
19
2020
Dave Darby

Post-corona: ‘getting back to normal’ is suicidal – here’s the alternative

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Posted Apr 19 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Getting back to normal: is there an alternative post-corona?

“For those who dream of a return to “normalcy”: normalcy was standing on the tracks watching an oncoming train & arguing about how fast it was going. Something just banged into us & sent us sprawling. It hurt. A lot. Now let’s get up, but NOT get back on the tracks again.” – David Graeber

Read more …

Apr
12
2020
Dave Darby

Post-corona: ‘getting back to normal’ is not just a bad idea – it’s suicidal

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Posted Apr 12 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Should we return to normal post-corona?

There’s been a lot of talk about ‘thanking’ coronavirus for giving us the breathing space to re-evaluate, and for giving nature some breathing space too. This isn’t one of those articles. I don’t find it compassionate to thank a virus that’s killing thousands of people, and closing millions of small businesses, allowing Amazon to hoover up almost the entire economy. That’s not the kind of world I want. Read more …

Apr
3
2020
Dave Darby

Keeping small businesses alive during the coronavirus / economic crisis

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Posted Apr 3 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Keeping small businesses alive during the coronavirus economic crisis

The coronavirus crisis is causing an economic crash that will only get worse. Research has indicated that a shortage of money will mean that up to a million UK small businesses may close in the coming months. To prevent the devastation of small businesses, and therefore our communities, there needs to be an alternative means of exchanging goods and services. Read more …

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