Sep
6
2020
Dave Darby

My tribute to David Graeber: please read his words

1
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

14
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

1
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

7
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?

19
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

1
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

0
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

2
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

1
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

105
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

10
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

15
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

14
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

10
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 …

Mar
29
2020
Dave Darby

Building the new economy: how to keep local economies trading in the economic slump caused by the coronavirus

3
Posted Mar 29 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
We need each other to help keep local economies trading amid the coronavirus crisis

This is the last of six articles this week about how we can keep local economies afloat during the coming economic slump. There is already a scarcity of money, as the coronavirus crisis forces businesses to lay off workers, and sole traders to give up. But it will get much worse. How can we keep communities alive, and local economies trading when there’s no money around? Mutual credit can solve the problem of scarcity of money in the wake of the coronavirus. The Open Credit Network are building a mutual credit network for the UK. Read more …

Mar
15
2020
Dave Darby

What’s wrong with billionaires?

11
Posted Mar 15 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Billionaires Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg

I came across a clip recently (see below) of a radio host filled with incredulity that someone might actually believe that the existence of billionaires is a bad thing. Surely any antipathy towards the super-wealthy must be based on envy or ideology? Don’t they create jobs? Aren’t they philanthropic? Don’t they pay a lot of tax? Aren’t they good role-models for our children? Read more …

Feb
2
2020
Dave Darby

Our new compost toilets online course is live – and we think you’ll love it!

0
Posted Feb 2 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Tutor Cordelia Rowlatt in our new compost toilets online course

We’ve produced an online course on building, using and maintaining a range of different compost toilets. You can purchase the new compost toilets online course here. Read more …

Jan
26
2020
Dave Darby

Disillusioned with the parliamentary route to a better society? Here’s an alternative.

8
Posted Jan 26 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Can we vote our way to a better society?

Before the election in December, I had a ‘lively debate’ with a friend – an old-school Labour supporter and Corbynite – who was trying to convince me that the only way that we can have an effective social safety net is by voting in a genuinely redistributive party, taxing the rich properly and spreading wealth back into communities. Read more …

Jan
1
2020
Dave Darby

Is Greta Thunberg right, and if so, what do we do about it?

14
Posted Jan 1 2020 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Greta Thunberg

I identify with Greta Thunberg. I’m also aspergic, and I understand why she’s so motivated. I talked with several people over the Christmas period who don’t like her, for various reasons – her voice; her team fly even though she doesn’t; her parents are manipulating her; she’s too angry; she once used a plastic bottle, and so on. 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

0
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 …

css.php
Log output: