Oct
17
2021
Dave Darby

Does ‘system change’ advocacy mean ‘anti-capitalism’?

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Posted Oct 17 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

What I mean by system change is system replacement, rather than system tweaking (aka ‘prolonging the agony’). This raises (not begs – please, not begs) three questions:

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Sep
29
2021
Dave Darby

Composting: explaining the carbon-nitrogen ratio

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Posted Sep 29 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

If you read much about composting, you’ll soon come across the terms carbon:nitrogen ratio (often shortened to C:N ratio). Everything you put in your compost has a different C:N ratio. Materials such as grass and manure, known as ‘greens’, have a higher level of nitrogen, and ‘brown’ materials, such as paper, have a higher level of carbon.

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Aug
22
2021
Dave Darby

Where’s the problem – politics, economy or population?

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Posted Aug 22 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
economy or population

Below are some things that I believe, some that I don’t believe and some that I know. Do you believe similar things? If so, stay in touch. Alternatives are being built – change is coming. Nothing stays the same forever.

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Aug
8
2021
Dave Darby

Our response to: “why don’t you start a political party?”

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Posted Aug 8 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
“why don’t you start a political party?”

There’s a question we often hear: “why don’t you start a political party?” Sometimes this is genuine, and enthusiastic, but often it’s snarky, as in: “why don’t you stop sniping on the sidelines and put your ideas to the masses, who can vote for you if they like them? Then you can implement your proposals. We live in a democracy, after all.” Read more …

Jun
23
2021
Dave Darby

How you can help get solar onto more roofs in your community: the Big Solar Co-op

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Posted Jun 23 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Help get solar onto more roofs in your community: Big Solar Co-op

As it’s Community Energy Fortnight, I thought I’d have a word with my old mate Jon Hallé, who used to run Lowimpact’s ‘How to Make Biodiesel’ courses in the early noughties (and authored a book of the same title with us), and since then has gone on to found Sharenergy, who have helped over 100 community energy schemes to launch, using wind, solar, hydro and biomass. We’ll publish an interview with Jon soon, but first I wanted to tell you about his latest venture – the Big Solar Co-op (BSC) Read more …

Jun
20
2021
Dave Darby

What kind of work do we want to do? Is working with our hands passé?

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Posted Jun 20 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
What kind of work do we want to do?

There’s an approach to life that sees craft jobs, or smallholding and food production, including baking, brewing and beekeeping, as well as any kind of job that involves manual work and dexterity as somehow retrograde and passé, and that ‘work’ now means mainly putting on a suit and travelling to an office to do something-or-other in sectors such as finance, advertising, sales, fashion or PR. Read more …

Jun
6
2021
Dave Darby

A brief history of money

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Posted Jun 6 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
A brief history of money, from 700 BCE to the present day

Here’s a quick and dirty history of money. Since I’ve been involved in the mutual credit world, I’ve been reading various ‘history of money’ texts, and so I thought I’d organise the notes I’ve taken into a blog article. It’s a half-hour read, to accompany our new ‘Low-impact money’ topic, and I think it gives a good overview of monetary history – but leaving out nonsense like ‘money evolved from barter’, or ‘Kings introduced coins so that their subjects could trade more easily’. If you think anything is wrong, missing or needs more explanation, do let me know in the comments. Read more …

May
26
2021
Dave Darby

Join our presentation: the Credit Commons protocol – tech agnostic, low-friction transactions for all

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Posted May 26 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Credit commons protocol

You’re invited to join our presentation on the ‘Credit Commons’ – a protocol to connect and unite mutual credit groups globally – on Friday 4 June from 4-5.30pm. Sign up here. Read more …

May
23
2021
Dave Darby

‘Mutualism’ will supersede traditional left vs right politics

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Posted May 23 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Nature, democracy and community aren’t partisan issues. No-one sensible, of any political persuasion, speaks out against them. They’re essential for human well-being. But they’re being destroyed, and disunity wastes energy and prevents us from being able to do anything about it. Read more …

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
Can organic farming feed the world?

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 …

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