Apr
4
2021
Dave Darby

Saving and investment in a mutual credit world

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Posted Apr 4 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Piggy banks : savings investment mutual credit world

Nothing we do to try to move to a sustainable, healthy and democratic society will work as long as we have the current money system, because money has two conflicting functions. It can be used to buy and sell things, and it can be used to store, hoard, accumulate and become wealthy with. As long as that’s the case, money will gravitate towards stored wealth, because money attracts money and gives access to the political system. Read more …

Mar
21
2021
Dave Darby

New money stories: the eleven dollar bill

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Posted Mar 21 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I’m writing a book – published by Chelsea Green next January – about the possibility of building a new economy around a moneyless, mutual credit core, at a time when money is going to be scarce. I’m often told that the best way to get new ideas across is with a story. Read more …

Mar
7
2021
Dave Darby

Incredible new research: how small businesses can be saved post-Covid

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Posted Mar 7 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Mutual credit for small businesses post-Covid

It seems pretty obvious that there’s a giant economic slump on the way that’s going to sweep away millions of small and medium-sized businesses around the world, so that Amazon can step in to continue to try to take over the entire global economy. Read more …

Jan
31
2021
Dave Darby

Help Lowimpact.org become a wiki, to provide more (and more relevant) information for visitors

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Posted Jan 31 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Help Lowimpact.org become a wiki

We’ve been liaising with Simon Grant, of the P2P Foundation Wiki, and making plans for turning Lowimpact.org into a wiki. We already have a network of specialists who provide information for our topics and respond to visitors’ queries. We want to expand this network, as well as the number of topics we cover. Read more …

Jan
24
2021
Dave Darby

Resources to accompany upcoming book on new economy built around mutual credit

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Posted Jan 24 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Resources for mutual credit book

I have a contract to produce a book about growing a new economy, in communities, with mutual credit at the core. This article is a listing of key resources: video interviews I’ve done with relevant people whilst researching the book, plus articles and websites providing additional information. Read more …

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. The book is about building a new economy with mutual credit at the core. 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 …

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