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 …

Mar
29
2020
Dave Darby

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

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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

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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 …

Dec
10
2019
Dave Darby

26 questions from a 10-year-old to his parents about the election

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Posted Dec 10 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Questions about the election

At a dinner party on Saturday evening, I had a discussion about a) the efficacy of elections for bringing about meaningful change, and b) the desirability of the quest for perpetual economic growth (I didn’t feel positively about either of those things). Our hosts’ 10-year-old son was listening carefully, after which he expressed his intention to interview his parents about their thoughts on the election, and to film it, possibly for YouTube. Read more …

Dec
1
2019
Dave Darby

New topic – ‘commoning’ – and why ‘the Tragedy of the Commons’ is wrong

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Posted Dec 1 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The tragedy of the commons

At university, back in the 80s, we were taught about ‘the Tragedy of the Commons’ – an essay by Garrett Hardin, about how common resources are always abused, because humans are basically selfish. It seemed plausible at the time, but has since been shown to be false. Read more …

Nov
17
2019
Dave Darby

Can elections really change anything?

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Posted Nov 17 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Can elections really change anything or not?

Can elections really change anything? Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org shares his views on the question in the run-up to the general election.
Read more …

Oct
6
2019
Dave Darby

We’re on the Extinction Rebellion main stage in central London on Thursday afternoon

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Posted Oct 6 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Extinction Rebellion

I’m excited to report that we’ve been given an hour on the main stage at Extinction Rebellion in the Mall on Thursday afternoon from 2pm. When I say ‘we’, it will be me and Oliver Sylvester-Bradley of the Open Co-op – we’ll speak for 10 minutes each, then take questions for 40 minutes. We’ll be talking about an ‘economic rebellion’ – practical steps that people can take to help build a new kind of economy that doesn’t damage nature and doesn’t concentrate wealth. Read more …

Sep
22
2019
Dave Darby

Does anybody fancy a free, one-day course on the viable system model (VSM)?

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Posted Sep 22 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
An illustration of the viable system model

I recently interviewed Trevor Hilder, a specialist in the viable system model. I’ve been interested in it for a while, since I heard from credible sources that it could be a valuable tool for building the new economy. Read more …

Sep
8
2019
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 14: getting back on a bike after ten years

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Posted Sep 8 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Dave is getting back on a bike after 10 years

I’ve never been without a bike until recently. As far back into my childhood as I can remember, I always had one. A bike was always part of my life, part of me. Read more …

Aug
29
2019
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 13: How to get lots of fruit from a small garden with no work

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Posted Aug 29 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I’m too busy to have a vegetable garden. I don’t have the mental energy to think about when it’s time to buy seeds, to plant them, water them, prick them out into pots, dig the garden, plant them, and then continue to water them, weed them and harvest them. Read more …

Aug
4
2019
Dave Darby

What’s the difference between capitalism and a free market?

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Posted Aug 4 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

People usually conflate the two, but I want to try to persuade (mainly the right) that capitalism is nothing like a free market, and (mainly the left) that there’s nothing wrong with a truly free market. Read more …

Jun
23
2019
Dave Darby

Come to our public event on the Open Credit Network, July 18th, London

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Posted Jun 23 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Open Credit Network public event

As you know if you follow this blog, Lowimpact.org and the Open Co-op have partnered up to build a mutual credit network for the UK, the Open Credit Network (OCN), and that we have people on board who are working to develop the ‘credit commons’ – a way of linking together mutual credit schemes anywhere in the world to create a global moneyless trading network. Read more …

Jun
16
2019
Dave Darby

Reflections on the CTRLshift gathering – an emergency summit for change

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Posted Jun 16 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
2019 CTRLshift gathering

The stated aim of the annual CTRLshift gathering (that took place in Stoke-on-Trent recently) is to bring key people together to talk about practical steps to help shift power away from central government and multinational corporations, to communities and individuals. Well, you had me at ‘decentralisation’, so I went along. Read more …

Apr
7
2019
Dave Darby

A moneyless trading system for the UK: the Open Credit Network launches website and conducts first trades

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Posted Apr 7 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
The Open Credit Network

As followers of this blog will know, Lowimpact.org are partnering with the Open Co-op to develop a mutual credit network for the UK. Well, we now have a website and a new name – the Open Credit Network.

Read more …

Jan
1
2019
Dave Darby

What do we do about the coming ecological crash?

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Posted Jan 1 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Teetering on the edge of an ecological collapse


So let’s start the year with a bit of optimism. Our last post was about the fact that there is a general lack of understanding of the implications of biodiversity loss, and the contribution of climate change to it. This post is for people who do understand what’s happening to nature, but can see no way to avoid catastrophe. Read more …

Dec
30
2018
Dave Darby

We should be much more worried about an ecological crash than a financial crash

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Posted Dec 30 2018 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Teetering on the edge of an ecological collapse


A few years ago, I was having a beer in the bar at King’s Cross narrowboat marina, when someone called Fred asked me what I did. When I said that I worked for an environmental organisation, he came up with a classic line that I’ve quoted many times since. Read more …

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