'Small is beautiful' articles

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 …

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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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
30
2018
Dave Darby

We should be much more worried about an ecological crash than a financial crash

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A few years ago, I was having a beer in the bar at King’s Cross narrowboat marina, when someone called Fred asked me what I did. When I said that I worked for an environmental organisation, he came up with a classic line that I’ve quoted many times since. 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 …

Aug
19
2018
Oli Rodker

The future of land ownership: interview with Oli Rodker of the Ecological Land Co-op and the Landworkers’ Alliance

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This week we’re talking with Oli Rodker, founder director of the Ecological Land Co-operative and the Landworkers’ Alliance, about his work, and how we might change the nature of land ownership in the UK, where 0.06% of the population own 50% of rural land in England and Wales, according to the Country Land & Business Association. Read more …

Aug
8
2018
Dave Darby

My mutual credit journey (and how you can join in the fun)

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I often trawl the web just speculatively looking for new people or new ideas, clicking on links from interesting sites. TEDx talks are a favourite. A few years ago I came across an intriguing TEDx talk by Professor Jem Bendell called ‘the Money Myth’. Read more …

Jul
29
2018
Maresa Bossano

Taking the food sector from corporate supermarkets: interview with Maresa Bossano, co-ordinator of the UK Community-Supported Agriculture Network

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This week we’re talking with Maresa Bossano, who is the co-ordinator for the Community-Supported Agriculture Network in the UK. Read more …

Jul
25
2018
Nithin Coca

Co-operative smartphones are coming: Nithin Coca interviews the chair of KDIM Co-op

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You can get yourself a co-operative phone and broadband provider – the Phone Co-op. But you can’t get a phone made by a co-operative – not in the UK, anyway. Nithin Coca reports from Indonesia on a co-operative in Jakarta producing low-end, cheap phones for their home market. Read more …

Jul
1
2018
Simon Lennane

‘Homegrown well-being’ and alternatives to corporate drug companies: interview with GP Simon Lennane

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Another of our interviews, first posted on NonCorporate.org, with people working on providing alternatives to multinational corporations – this time in the health sector. Read more …

Jun
12
2018
Roxy Piper

Off Grid Festival 2018: another world is possible

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Roxy Piper tells us all about this year’s Off Grid Festival, taking place from 9-12th August in the historic Tapeley Park and Gardens in North Devon, with the theme of Seven Generation Stewardship. Read more …

Jun
7
2018
Dave Darby

Announcing the launch of NonCorporate.org – how to move away from multinational corporations

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We’re pleased to announce the launch of NonCorporate.org – our sister site, dedicated to helping people move away from multinational corporations (MNCs) for everything they need. Read more …

May
22
2018
Dave Darby

Public debate on capitalism: what happened and what I learnt

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You may remember that I was invited to take part in a public debate in London recently (see here) about whether capitalism is ‘the best system for a sustainable future’. I was asked to deliver the ‘no’ position. Read more …

May
17
2018
Dave Darby

The two roads to serfdom: how neoliberals misrepresent Hayek

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I recently went to visit a friend in Germany by train, and as I packed my bag, I looked around for a book to throw in, to read on the way. The one I plumped for was the Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek, Mrs. Thatcher’s (and Ronald Reagan’s) guru. Read more …

Apr
10
2018
Grandfather Michael

Life in an intentional community – a healthier and more sustainable way to live

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If I hadn’t fired up my vision to form and live in an intentional community some 45 years ago I wouldn’t have learnt cheese making, selected and planted an orchard of rare species of fruit trees, co-organized arts festivals, learnt and practiced conflict resolution and given my three sons an opportunity to broaden their horizons. Read more …

Apr
8
2018
Dave Darby

Public debate featuring yours truly: is capitalism the best system for a sustainable future?

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If you’re in London on April 18th, there’s a public debate you might be interested in, upstairs in a pub in Tooting. I’ve been asked to put the case against capitalism. There will be initial presentations, rebuttals, questions from the audience, and then a summing up. Read more …

Apr
3
2018
Rebecca Card

Reclaiming our ancient indigenous wisdom and a sense of ‘the village’

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I think I am unusual. I can find a confidence inside that allows me to take risks. This confidence allows me to initiate things that I feel passionate about and because I see their worth in the world. I can do this even if I think I don’t know what I’m doing. Read more …

Mar
13
2018
Mark Boyle

Opportunity to live very close to nature, rent-free, in an Irish intentional community and education centre

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There are two rent-free bedrooms available (one immediately, one soon) in the farmhouse at An Teach Saor. But this is not a place for people who want to save money. It’s a place for people who want to radically reduce their dependency on it all together. Read more …

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