Low-impact economy articles

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 …

Nov
25
2018
Andy Goldring

How can permaculture contribute to building a new economy? Conversation with Andy Goldring of the Permaculture Association

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We’re going to be publishing a range of videos of interviews with key people involved in building the new economy – an economy that is democratic, non-extractive and sustainable.  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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I’ve often suggested that Western states are beginning to resemble an admin department for the corporate sector. Read more …

Oct
28
2018
Dil Green

We’re launching a national mutual credit scheme and here’s why we’d like you to join

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We’re working with other groups, including Open.coop, the Credit Commons Collective and author Tom Greco to build a UK-wide mutual credit network. Read more …

Oct
25
2018
Eloise Sentito

Of watermelons and apples: climate breakdown, growth, trade, state and money (an open letter to George Monbiot)

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Dear George,

Congratulations on your contribution to the Moral Maze last week – I switched on the radio just as your volley articulating the ideological differentiation between fiscal and legal rationing fairly seared the waves. Read more …

Oct
21
2018
Dave Darby

Are you ‘radical’, and if not, why not?

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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 …

Oct
14
2018
Dave King

Is technology the problem? Conversation with Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan

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This is a conversation between Dave Darby of NonCorporate.org and Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan. Dave (K) is opposed to the ‘technocracy’ that he describes as the root cause of environmental destruction and lack of democracy. Read more …

Sep
23
2018
Matthew Slater

How could we build a viable alternative to the current, bank-controlled money system? Interview with Matthew Slater of the Credit Commons Collective

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This week we’re talking with Matthew Slater of the Credit Commons Collective, working to build a mutualist, credit-based alternative to the current money system. Read more …

Sep
18
2018
Jyoti Fernandes

Want better food for all? The Good Food Good Farming march is for you.

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The Landworkers’ Alliance are joining with others to call for an Agriculture Bill that provides access to healthy sustainable food for all. Join them on Sunday 14 October as they head to Westminster for the Good Food Good Farming March. Read more …

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