'Small is beautiful' articles

Jun
25
2017
Dave Darby

B-corporations – yes or no?

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What do you consider the correct approach towards multinational corporations – tame them, or start to get rid of them? And what do we mean by ‘tame’ exactly? And what are the problems with multinational corporations in the first place? Read more …

Jun
16
2017
Libby Cameron

Opportunity to achieve a permaculture livelihood on a couple of acres on Devon/Cornwall border

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Hi, I have a small piece of land (approx. 1.75 acres)  with small barn on the Devon-Cornwall border that I would really like to make available to someone committed to creating a permaculture lifestyle.  Read more …

Jun
9
2017
David Thorpe

Seeking a venue: course on how to create a One Planet Development

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I am seeking venues around the country to run an exciting course that will help participants prepare for starting and living on a One Planet Development. Read more …

May
11
2017
Dave Darby

This is the best attempt I’ve seen at building a sustainable, democratic, (and inevitably moneyless) economy. It’s worth understanding what they’re saying

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If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that whatever we do, we’re not going to transition to a sustainable, democratic future with the current money and banking system, then I agree with you. Read more …

May
2
2017
Sophie Paterson

Farm Hack : growing innovative open-source agriculture

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In response to the pervasive reach of the global agro-industrial complex, growing numbers of farmers across the world are coming together as co-operative organisations to promote and protect small-scale organic food production and environmental stewardship. We take a look below at some of the groups promoting open source agriculture with farmer driven technologies, spearheaded by the international Farm Hack movement.

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Apr
29
2017
Phil Moore

Help the Ecological Land Co-operative to set up more smallholdings

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You can join the Ecological Land Co-operative as an investor, by moving some money from your bank savings account (and receiving a better rate of interest). If you agree with the ELC’s principles, this would be extremely helpful. Read more …

Apr
27
2017
Dave Darby

Why an economy that’s not dominated by the corporate sector would be much better for individuals, communities and nature

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Lowimpact.org is an organisation that was founded by two people in 2001 because of concerns about ecological damage and what that might mean for the future of humanity. The focus has always been on individual lifestyle change Read more …

Apr
24
2017
Dave Darby

Let’s build a sustainable, non-corporate world; but what exactly does ‘non-corporate’ mean?

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This is the first of two articles examining the non-corporate sector, and its advantages for ecology, democracy, communities and individuals. Here’s a checklist of the benefits of reducing the reach of the corporate sector, but first, let’s work out what kind of organisations comprise the non-corporate sector. Read more …

Apr
4
2017
Dave Darby

New Ecological Land Co-op share offer launched: here’s a chance to help bring about change in land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for your trouble!

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Please share this as widely as you can. I’m on the board of the Ecological Land Co-op, and so I know how much hard work has gone into this – it’s an opportunity for people to shift their money to help change the nature of land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for doing so. Read more …

Mar
28
2017
Nick Weir

Very worthwhile and interesting job available with the Open Food Network

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Are you interested in helping create food sovereignty in the UK? Would you like to help create food systems in which everyone has access to affordable, nutritious, culturally-appropriate food? Read more …

Feb
23
2017
Laurie Walters

Interested in setting up a local food co-op? Mobile shop for sale, with free training thrown in

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We are a real food co-op in Dorset, and we have been delivering food via our trusty mobile shop, ‘the Charmouth Dragon’. We’re now taking the shop online with the good folks of Open Food Network UK Read more …

Feb
21
2017
Paul Battye

Want to join a new Midlands co-op with plans for self-build homes for its members?

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A growing Northamptonshire based business is looking for individuals who wish to become part of an ethically based worker’s collective. The current business owners, Paul Battye and Melanie Cutler, are looking to turn their business into the new collective to share with like minded individuals Read more …

Feb
14
2017
Dave Darby

How to misrepresent Adam Smith: review of P. J. O’Rourke’s ‘On the Wealth of Nations’

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I don’t know if you’re familiar with P. J., but he’s an excellent writer, and he’s extremely, acerbically funny. With this book, as with his Give War a Chance, several times he made me spit my tea out and have to stop to wipe tea off the page. Read more …

Feb
9
2017
Paul Edwards

Is modern life a mistake?

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I was back recently in my old stomping ground of Bicester in Oxfordshire – it was not a happy visit. Read more …

Feb
5
2017
Dave Darby

Why we’d be better off living like the Saxons (with a few mod cons)

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If you spend your life trying to promote low-impact living, you sometimes get asked the most ridiculous questions. More than once I’ve been asked something along the lines of: ‘you want to take us back to the Middle Ages, don’t you?’ Read more …

Jan
22
2017
Jo Cowan

How to reduce the environmental impact of your wedding

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Your wedding day is obviously one of the biggest days of your life — but it can also be huge for your carbon footprint. In the UK, the average cost of a wedding is over £20,000. Not only is this a huge amount of money to spend on a single day Read more …

Jan
6
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 7: our experience of a local fishbox / community-supported fish scheme

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You may remember that we blogged an interview last summer with Guy Dorrell, who set up a ‘fishbox’, or ‘community-supported fish’ project, called ‘Faircatch‘. After interviewing him, my partner and I signed up to his scheme to try it out. I’m now reporting on how the idea worked for us Read more …

Jan
3
2017
Dave Darby

Reasons not to buy from Amazon

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In 1983, Richard Stallman launched the GNU free software project, on which many people could collaborate, and in 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation, to promote and assist the development of free software. Here is a page from his website Read more …

Sep
23
2016
Dave Darby

David Fleming’s ‘Lean Logic’ and ‘Surviving the Future’, and why they’re important

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I attended the launch of two books at Daunt Bookshop in Chelsea on Wednesday evening. David Fleming died in 2010, and now his friend Shaun Chamberlin has edited his magnum opusLean Logic, and Chelsea Green have published it. Read more …

Sep
14
2016
John Harrison

Progress? Is modern food production efficient (using poultry as an example)?

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We often hear it said that modern farming is efficient and results in low cost food on our table but how true is that? I would contend that there is an awful lot wrong with our food production and distribution systems in the west and the much vaunted efficiency is far from being the true case at least in some sectors. Read more …

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