System change articles

Oct
17
2021
Dave Darby

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

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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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Aug
29
2021
Laura Basu

Six reasons the EU isn’t as green as it claims

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Every year in June, the EU celebrates its annual ‘Green Week’, in which Europe’s environmental elite gather to congratulate each other on how green they are.

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Aug
22
2021
Dave Darby

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

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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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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 …

Jul
18
2021
Jon Halle

Community energy, mutual credit and the mutualist economy

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This is the third part of an interview with Jon Halle of Sharenergy, about the prospects for keeping energy production local and mutualised. Here we talk about community energy, mutual credit and mutualisation of the economy. Read more …

Jun
27
2021
Shaila Agha

How ‘chamas’ and mutual credit are changing Africa: Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network

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Today I’m talking with Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network about ‘chamas’ and mutual credit, and how they’re changing Africa. Read more …

Jun
16
2021
Chris Smaje

Can organic farming feed the world?

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Now there’s a question – posed by Chris Smaje of the Ecoogical Land Co-op. Chris joined the board of the ELC as Dave of Lowimpact left, and since then Chris has produced a book called A Small Farm Future, which we review here. Members of Lowimpact have become involved in the world of mutual credit, while Chris has tried to convince us that the future of farming is mixed, organic smallholdings rather than giant industrial farms using pesticides. Read more …

Jun
13
2021
John Thackara

John Thackara: ‘Strange’ ideas don’t sound so strange in strange times

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This is part 2 of a conversation with John Thackara. In part 1 we talked about what the future might hold for humanity, and here we talk about what our responses might be. ‘Strange’ ideas might be required for strange times. Read more …

May
30
2021
John Thackara

John Thackara: What does the future hold for humanity?

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This is part 1 of a conversation with John Thackara – senior fellow of the Royal College of Art, visiting professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, founder and director of the Doors of Perception sustainable design conferences, and author of many books, including How to Thrive in the Next Economy. 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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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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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 …

Feb
21
2021
Brett Scott

The Future of Money (Part 2): with Brett Scott

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This is part 2 of a conversation with Brett Scott, author and specialist in the money system. Here’s his excellent YouTube channel, and I’ll add links to other things we talk about as well. Part 1 is here. Read more …

Feb
7
2021
Brett Scott

The Future of Money (Part 1): with Brett Scott

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Today I’m talking with Brett Scott, author and specialist in the money system. Here’s his excellent YouTube channel, and I’ll add links to other things we talk about as well. Read more …

Jan
24
2021
Dave Darby

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

1

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 …

Dec
20
2020
Chris Cook

Storing value in a mutual credit world: Chris Cook

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This is the third in a series of interviews that will accompany a book I’m writing, that will be published by Chelsea Green – an employee-owned company, and part of the new economy that the book is describing, built around a mutual credit core. Today I’m talking with Chris Cook. He was the designer of the Iran Oil Bourse, and I interviewed him before about the history of the oil markets. Read more …

Dec
13
2020
Matthew Slater

Building the Credit Commons with Mutual Credit Clubs: Matthew Slater

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This is the second in a series of interviews that will accompany a book I’m writing, that will be published by Chelsea Green – an employee-owned company, and part of the new economy that the book is describing, built around a mutual credit core. Here’s more on the book deal and here’s some introductory information about mutual credit. Read more …

Dec
12
2020
Dil Green

Two planks – and a bridge – to the new economy

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This article accompanies and enlarges upon the interview with Dil Green that we published recently, as part of series of articles on a forthcoming book about building a new economy around a mutual credit core. Read more …

Dec
6
2020
Dil Green

Mutual credit clubs: an introduction, with Dil Green

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This is the first in a series of interviews that will accompany a book I’m writing, that will be published by Chelsea Green – an employee-owned company, and part of the new economy that the book is describing, built around a mutual credit core. Here’s more on the book deal and here’s some introductory information about mutual credit. 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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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
1
2020
Dave Darby

Review of ‘A Small Farm Future’ by Chris Smaje

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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 …

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