Low-impact economy articles

Dec
15
2019
Debbie Clarke

What it’s like to work in a cooperative grocery store: Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery

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Today I’m talking with Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery – a cooperative grocery store in Manchester; and the thing I’m particularly interested in about Unicorn Grocery is that instead of wanting to become a huge chain, they’ve got a toolkit called ‘Grow your own Grocery’ to help people set up cooperative grocery stores in their own towns. Read more …

Dec
8
2019
Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Become one of the first movers in a new, collaborative economy: Open Credit Network Alpha launch

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Lowimpact.org are working with Open.coop to build a new, co-operative, moneyless, mutual credit trading system for the UK, with a view to joining many similar schemes around the world to create a new global trading system, that requires neither banks nor interest. The point of this article is to invite you, if you own or work for a small businesses, to join the directory, find new customers and suppliers, and trade in mutual credit, in cash, or in a combination of both. Read more …

Dec
1
2019
Dave Darby

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

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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
24
2019
Lynne Davies

How the Open Food Network helps local food producers: interview with Lynne Davis (Part 1)

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Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org / NonCorporate.org interviews Lynne Davis of the Open Food Network as part of a series of interviews with people building the new economy. Here’s the transcript of the interview, plus the video (below). Read more …

Nov
17
2019
Dave Darby

Can elections really change anything?

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Can elections really change anything? Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org shares his views on the question in the run-up to the general election.
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Nov
10
2019
Lynn Foster

How the REA / Value Flows model can change the world: Lynn Foster of Mikorizal (Part 2)

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Here’s the second part of our interview with Lynn Foster of Mikorizal and the Value Flows model. Part 1 is here. Read more …

Oct
27
2019
Lynn Foster

Understanding the REA / Value Flows model: Lynn Foster of Mikorizal (Part 1)

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Today Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org / NonCorporate.org is talking with Lynn Foster of Mikorizal and the Value Flows model. We’ve heard some very good things about her work, together with her partner, Bob Haugen. 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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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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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 …

Aug
25
2019
Cath Muller

The difference between the co-operative movement in the UK and the US: Cath Muller of Radical Routes

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This is the second part of an interview with Cath Muller of Radical Routes (here’s the first part). Cath hitch-hiked across the Atlantic on a sailing boat, to visit co-operatives in the States. I talked with her about the differences between co-ops over there and in the UK. Read more …

Aug
18
2019
Chris Smaje

The elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe.

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Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg and Small Farm Future shares his thoughts as to why the elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe. It’s over to Chris from here…
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Aug
11
2019
Micky Metts

Networking small businesses and co-ops to replace corporations: Micky Metts on the new economy

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This is part 2 of a conversation with Micky Metts of Agaric – a co-op in Boston, Massachusetts that provides online tools for other co-ops. Part 1 is here. I told Micky about some of the meetings and discussions we’ve been having in the UK with people working to build ‘new economy’ infrastructure, like community energy, housing, worker, land, platform, tech and even transport co-operatives, free software, community-supported agriculture, community land trusts, ‘commons’ etc. Read more …

Aug
4
2019
Dave Darby

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

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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 …

Jul
28
2019
Matthew Slater

How to build a global, moneyless, interest-free trading system: Matthew Slater of the Credit Commons Collective

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Today I’m talking with Matthew Slater, author of the Credit Commons white paper – an idea to link together mutual credit schemes anywhere in the world to create a global, moneyless trading system. Read more …

Jul
14
2019
Duncan McCann

A strategy for challenging the giant corporate platforms: Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation

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We talk about a strategy for challenging the giant corporate platforms in Part 2 of an interview with Duncan McCann, who’s working on a platform co-op alternative to Über in Brighton. Read more …

Jul
7
2019
Micky Metts

Building the open web: an interview with Micky Metts of Agaric

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Dave Darby interviews Micky Metts of Agaric, based in Boston, Massachusetts, who is active in both the co-operative and free/open source movements. Read more …

Jun
23
2019
Dave Darby

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

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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
22
2019
Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Decentralised collaboration, Paul Mason and more: see you at OPEN 2019 next week?

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We hear from Oliver Sylvester-Bradley about exciting opportunities to collaborate at the OPEN 2019 Community Gathering, taking place in London next week.
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Jun
16
2019
Dave Darby

Reflections on the CTRLshift gathering – an emergency summit for change

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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 …

May
26
2019
Frances Northrop

The ‘Preston Model’: Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation

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Dave Darby explores the ‘Preston Model’ and new municipalism in an interview with Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation.
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