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 …

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 …

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