Nov
18
2018
Dave Darby

How the EU is causing problems for the ‘Preston Model’ of local, non-corporate procurement

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Posted Nov 18 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
How the EU is causing problems for the ‘Preston Model’ of local, non-corporate procurement

I’ve often suggested that Western states are beginning to resemble an admin department for the corporate sector. Read more …

Nov
11
2018
Dave Darby

Europe: it’s time to end the growth dependency

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Posted Nov 11 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
It's time to end the growth dependency

We don’t usually blog about petitions – it feels a bit too much like begging, rather than doing things for ourselves and building alternatives from grassroots. However, this petition is too important to ignore, and politicians need to hear it, even though they might not be close to understanding it. Read more …

Oct
21
2018
Dave Darby

Are you ‘radical’, and if not, why not?

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Posted Oct 21 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
From radish to radical...

I’m using the original definition of the word, not its bastardisation that over the years has come to be used as a kind of insult in some circles. I’ve been called ‘too radical’, and I want to show why that’s an absurdity. Read more …

Aug
8
2018
Dave Darby

My mutual credit journey (and how you can join in the fun)

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Posted Aug 8 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Why not start your own mutual credit journey?

I often trawl the web just speculatively looking for new people or new ideas, clicking on links from interesting sites. TEDx talks are a favourite. A few years ago I came across an intriguing TEDx talk by Professor Jem Bendell called ‘the Money Myth’. Read more …

Jul
5
2018
Dave Darby

Living together 1: exploring the options for starting a cohousing project

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Posted Jul 5 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Interested in starting a cohousing project? This community shows it can be achieved.

My partner and I have decided that we want to sell our house and come together with other people to create some sort of cohousing / community living project. But how many other people? And where will it be? Will it be a new-build project, or will it involve converting or combining an existing propery or properties? What will the ownership / legal structure look like? Read more …

Jun
7
2018
Dave Darby

Announcing the launch of NonCorporate.org – how to move away from multinational corporations

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Posted Jun 7 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Switch to non-corporate essentials in life with the help of NonCorporate.org

We’re pleased to announce the launch of NonCorporate.org – our sister site, dedicated to helping people move away from multinational corporations (MNCs) for everything they need. Read more …

May
29
2018
Dave Darby

Jordan Peterson talks some sense, but he’s wrong about two very important things

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Posted May 29 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Public intellectual Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson is provocative, interesting and a formidable opponent in debates and interviews. He doesn’t interrupt, he thinks carefully about people’s points, he doesn’t run away from difficult arguments (or difficult people) and he’s helped a lot of people to rescue their damaged lives. Read more …

May
22
2018
Dave Darby

Public debate on capitalism: what happened and what I learnt

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Posted May 22 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The debate on capitalism in full swing with Transition Town Tooting

You may remember that I was invited to take part in a public debate in London recently (see here) about whether capitalism is ‘the best system for a sustainable future’. I was asked to deliver the ‘no’ position. Read more …

May
17
2018
Dave Darby

The two roads to serfdom: how neoliberals misrepresent Hayek

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Posted May 17 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek

I recently went to visit a friend in Germany by train, and as I packed my bag, I looked around for a book to throw in, to read on the way. The one I plumped for was the Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek, Mrs. Thatcher’s (and Ronald Reagan’s) guru. Read more …

Apr
8
2018
Dave Darby

Public debate featuring yours truly: is capitalism the best system for a sustainable future?

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Posted Apr 8 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Join us for a debate about capitalism in Tooting on 18 April

If you’re in London on April 18th, there’s a public debate you might be interested in, upstairs in a pub in Tooting. I’ve been asked to put the case against capitalism. There will be initial presentations, rebuttals, questions from the audience, and then a summing up. Read more …

Feb
27
2018
Dave Darby

Interview with Matthew Slater: what’s mutual credit, how can it boost the Solidarity Economy, and what can we do to help? (plus webinar)

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Posted Feb 27 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

See yesterday’s blog post for an introduction to this article. This is an interview with Matthew Slater, who co-authored the Money & Society MOOC, a free masters level multidisciplinary online course. He co-drafted the Credit Commons white paper, a proposal for a global solidarity economy money system Read more …

Feb
26
2018
Dave Darby

The next great transition will be to the Solidarity Economy with a mutual credit exchange system

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Posted Feb 26 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I’ve been working in the environmental field for over 20 years, and I believe, like the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, that we’re headed for ‘biological annihilation’, and like the good folk at the Dark Mountain Project, that a crash is coming that we may or may not recover from Read more …

Feb
2
2018
Dave Darby

Webinar: a non-techie’s adventures with cryptocurrencies – a step-by-step guide to setting up a wallet and trading in Litecoin

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Posted Feb 2 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is the first of a series of webinars on specific aspects of the money system and various alternatives to it. Read more …

Feb
1
2018
Dave Darby

We’re running a series of webinars on how we might change the money system – starting with cryptocurrencies

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Posted Feb 1 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

We’re determined to spread the word that any attempts to move towards a more sustainable and democratic world are doomed to failure if they don’t address the money system. Read more …

Jan
30
2018
Dave Darby

Why much criticism of the Fair Trade movement is invalid – designed to disguise corporate exploitation of small farmers

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Posted Jan 30 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

The Fair Trade movement was set up to secure better prices for struggling small farmers and craft producers in poor countries, and to provide funds for various improvements in their communities. It has, however, come in for some criticism for various reasons. Read more …

Jan
7
2018
Dave Darby

How we got olive oil from a small farm in Portugal brought over in a sailboat by a co-operative based in Brighton – and how you can do the same

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Posted Jan 7 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I recently interviewed Dhara Thompson of the Sailboat Project for our new sailboats topic introduction. He told me that they are one of many new organisations that are working to bring back sailboats for cargo and passenger transport – using the power of the wind to move people and goods around the planet. Read more …

Dec
17
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact strategy webinar: Can we change the world without changing money?

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Posted Dec 17 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Understanding the money system is key to understanding how the world works, where power really lies, what the implications of that are and what we can do about it. Read more …

Dec
7
2017
Dave Darby

It can’t possibly be a bad thing to live in the wild and to harvest both plants and animals for food – can it?

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Posted Dec 7 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
flintknapping

A group of us are attempting to have a debate about the sustainability of meat production, but I’ve realised that our differences are much deeper. Read more …

Dec
3
2017
Dave Darby

Does the sustainability of meat production depend on the size of a holding and the number of animals kept on it?

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Posted Dec 3 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I want to investigate at what size meat production becomes unsustainable (in terms of acreage, number of animals etc.) – i.e. whether it can be sustainable at all, and if so, whether there’s an upper limit, above which it can’t be sustainable Read more …

Nov
10
2017
Dave Darby

‘Land for What?’ meeting in Leicester tomorrow (sorry for short notice, but it’s worth it)

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Posted Nov 10 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Land Justice Network logo

Sorry for the ridiculously short notice, but if you’re interested in land issues, and have nothing on this weeked, this is really worth getting yourself to. Read more …

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