Low-impact economy articles

May
19
2019
Eloise Sentito

Revisioning postcapitalism: 10 questions for Paul Mason’s ‘Clear Bright Future’

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Eloïse Sentito of These Isles pens an open letter to Paul Mason, in which she poses 10 questions arising from his book Clear Bright Future. Read more …

May
5
2019
Dil Green

Moving towards post-capitalism, or: why I’m working on mutual credit

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Looking ahead to a future post-capitalism, Dil Green of NonCorporate.org shares how and why he’s working on mutual credit as one of its core pillars.
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Apr
21
2019
Jay Tompt

Developing local entrepreneurs and keeping out giant corporations: Jay Tompt of the REconomy Project

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Today we’re talking with Jay Tompt, of the REconomy Project. This is part of a series of interviews with people who are helping to build a new economy. Read more …

Apr
14
2019
Hilary Wainwright

The role of the state and the market in building the new economy: interview with Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper

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Today, we’re talking with Hilary Wainwright – an academic, activist, editor of Red Pepper magazine, and a fellow of the Transnational Institute (TNI). 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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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.

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Mar
31
2019
Paul Chatterton

Community-led housing – what’s different about mutual home ownership societies (MHOS): interview with Paul Chatterton of LILAC

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Today we’re talking with Paul Chatterton, of LILAC community in Leeds about community-led housing and mutual home ownership societies.

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Mar
17
2019
Dil Green

A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism

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If this makes sense to you, you may well be working along these lines already – I hope it is encouraging. If it inspires you, then seek out others who feel the same, and rewrite it together. Make it yours. Make it specific. Publish it. Act on it. Forge relations with other groups. Federate and interact across the world.

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Mar
10
2019
Pat Conaty

How do we grow the ‘co-operative commonwealth’? Interview with Pat Conaty

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This is the second part of an interview with Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and author of the Resilience Imperative, with Michael Lewis. We’re talking about building a co-operative commonwealth. Part 1 is here.

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Mar
3
2019
Graham Mitchell

The barriers to growing the co-operative economy: Graham Mitchell of CoTech, part 2

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This is part 2 of our interview with Graham Mitchell, who works in the co-operative tech sector. Here we’re talking about how we might grow the co-operative, non-extractive sector, and what barriers we might face. Part 1 is here.

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Feb
28
2019
Pat Conaty

Free online course: Toward Co-operative Common Wealth MOOC

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Are you working for social change or would like to learn more about it? Today we share news of a masterclass in movement building in the form of a massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 25th March 2019. Over to course tutor Pat Conaty to tell us more.

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Feb
24
2019
Pat Conaty

What are ‘the commons’ in the 21st century? Interview with Pat Conaty

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So today we’re talking with Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and author of the Resilience Imperative, with Michael Lewis. We’re talking about ‘the commons’.

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Feb
17
2019
Alex Lawrie

Building a co-operative train line: Alex Lawrie of Go-op

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Today we’re talking with Alex Lawrie. Alex does a lot of things in the co-operative sector but we want to talk to him specifically about his attempts to launch a co-operative railway line, plus lightweight community transport. Let’s start with Go-op, which is a proposed co-operative train line.

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Feb
10
2019
Cath Muller

How I hitch-hiked across the Atlantic to visit US co-ops: Cath Muller of Radical Routes

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Today I’m talking with Cath Muller of Radical Routes, Cornerstone Housing Co-op and Co-operative Business Consultants. This is part 1 of our conversation, about her visit to Catalan co-operatives, and hitch-hiking across the Atlantic to visit US co-ops.

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Feb
3
2019
Dil Green

How do we build a new, non-extractive economy? Dil Green of Lowimpact.org

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Today I’m talking with Dil Green, who is a member of the Lowimpact.org co-op. He used to be an architect, and was a founder member of Brixton LETS, and is now on the team of the UK Mutual Credit Network. We’ll be talking about how mutual credit and the viable system model can be used to build a new economy.

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Jan
27
2019
Tom Greco

Why the future of money is mutual credit (and not Bitcoin): Interview with Thomas H Greco Jr.

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Today I’m talking with Thomas Greco, who taught economics, finance and statistics for 14 years at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and is now an activist and consultant working on alternatives to the current money system. He also wrote the End of Money and the Future of Civilisation. I came across this book around the same time as Matthew Slater’s credit commons white paper and Positive Money’s videos on how money is created. They completely changed the way I saw the world, and certainly how I thought about money.

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Jan
24
2019
Matthew Slater

UK Mutual Credit Network: register your interest

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Working alongside our partners at The Open Co-op, the Open Credit Network is starting to win support from organisations like Goodmoney and Finance Lab. Matthew Slater shares how you can get involved.

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Jan
20
2019
Trevor Hilder

How the viable system model (VSM) can help build a new economy: Trevor Hilder of Web of Wealth

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Today I’m talking with Trevor Hilder of WebofWealth.org, who is a specialist in Stafford Beer’s viable system model (VSM). What I’m really interested in is how we can use the VSM to build a non-extractive, co-operative federation – a federation that’s comprised of a large number of small units, not giant corporations, and not giant co-operatives either. I’m interested in how far we can scale this federation. In March, we’re hosting a meeting of key people working in the new economy, and the aim is to work out how we federate and grow the non-extractive economy in the UK.

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Jan
6
2019
Graham Mitchell

Co-operativising the tech sector: an interview with Graham Mitchell of Webarchitects & CoTech

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Today, we’re talking with Graham Mitchell of Cotech about the co-operativisation of the tech sector. It’s part of our series of interviews with people building the ‘new economy’.

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Jan
1
2019
Dave Darby

What do we do about the coming ecological crash?

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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
9
2018
Duncan McCann

Can we build a platform co-op to challenge Über? Interview with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation

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Dave of Lowimpact.org / Noncorporate.org talks with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation (see video below), about platform co-ops. Duncan is starting a taxi platform co-op called Faircab, to challenge Über. Read more …

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