'Small is beautiful' articles

Apr
10
2018
Grandfather Michael

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

20

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?

3

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’

3

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

3

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 …

Mar
11
2018
Eloise Sentito

Who can afford artisan goods? For truly green businesses, we have to kick the money habit

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Hi, how’s business? As an artisan working with wool, January and February are usually peak season for me, but this year they’ve been the worst months on my records, despite the big freeze. Read more …

Feb
27
2018
Dave Darby

Interview with Matthew Slater: what’s mutual credit, how can it boost the Solidarity Economy, and what can we do to help? (plus webinar)

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See yesterday’s blog post for an introduction to this article. This is an interview with Matthew Slater, who co-authored the Money & Society MOOC, a free masters level multidisciplinary online course. He co-drafted the Credit Commons white paper, a proposal for a global solidarity economy money system Read more …

Feb
26
2018
Dave Darby

The next great transition will be to the Solidarity Economy with a mutual credit exchange system

34

I’ve been working in the environmental field for over 20 years, and I believe, like the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, that we’re headed for ‘biological annihilation’, and like the good folk at the Dark Mountain Project, that a crash is coming that we may or may not recover from Read more …

Feb
25
2018
James Dexter

Fancy volunteering for the summer at an off-grid, Ecological Land Coop smallholding?

1

Hi – we are James and Sukamala, tenants at Wild Geese Acres, Greenham Reach, which is an off-grid, low-impact farming project established in north Devon by the Ecological Land Coop  (ELC) – see website. http://ecologicalland.coop. Read more …

Feb
15
2018
Lauren Simpson

Do you know anyone who might want to donate some land for a sustainable, affordable smallholding legacy?

2

The Ecological Land Cooperative has launched a campaign to ask landowners for donations of small parcels of land to create clusters of affordable smallholdings for new entrants to ecological agriculture. Read more …

Feb
1
2018
Dave Darby

We’re running a series of webinars on how we might change the money system – starting with cryptocurrencies

3

We’re determined to spread the word that any attempts to move towards a more sustainable and democratic world are doomed to failure if they don’t address the money system. Read more …

Jan
30
2018
Dave Darby

Why much criticism of the Fair Trade movement is invalid – designed to disguise corporate exploitation of small farmers

1

The Fair Trade movement was set up to secure better prices for struggling small farmers and craft producers in poor countries, and to provide funds for various improvements in their communities. It has, however, come in for some criticism for various reasons. Read more …

Jan
19
2018
Scarlett Penn

My reflections on the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2018

0

I’ve heard several people say they love going to the Oxford Real Farming Conference because it fires them up for the farming year, and I couldn’t agree more. ORFC is so inspiring to people like us because it was set up by a group frustrated at the lack of representation for organic and small-scale producers at the decades-old Oxford Farming Conference. Read more …

Jan
18
2018
Dee Butterly

How you can help the Landworkers’ Alliance get more farmers and better food in the UK

1

All over Europe, for a long time there has been a trend towards larger, monoculture farms and industrial agriculture. Smaller farms have been swallowed up and farmers have been leaving the land in their millions. Read more …

Dec
21
2017
Graham Willett

Want to help set up a community-supported agriculture scheme, Jan-Apr, and stay in a yurt next to a river?

7

Are you feeling like you need a change of scenery for a little while? Feel like you would like to be out in the countryside more? Well how about staying in a cosy yurt with a log burner by the river Avon Read more …

Dec
18
2017
Phil Moore

The Ecological Land Co-op are currently recruiting for two new roles

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The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC) is a social enterprise based in Brighton, East Sussex. They exist to create affordable access to land for new entrants to ecological agriculture and mixed farming.
Read more …

Dec
10
2017
Linda Kaucher

‘Investor protection’ in trade deals: why can’t multinational corporations take out insurance rather than have taxpayers underwrite them?

2

First some background: the Investor-state Dispute Settlement, or ISDS (new name – Investment Court System, or ICS) is a mechanism whereby corporations can sue governments that introduce legislation that they claim reduces their potential to make profit Read more …

Nov
29
2017
Dave King

GM is about corporate control of our food, not ‘feeding the world’: learn more at an event this saturday

1

Are you eating GM food? The fact that you are mostly* not is down to 20 years of inspiring direct action and pressure by anti-GM activists. Read more …

Nov
23
2017
David Thorpe

How the ‘One Planet Development’ policy is helping people get back onto the land in Wales

7

Something special is happening in Wales. The country is using legislation to shift itself into a very different direction from England. It wants to be more sustainable. It wants to reduce its ‘ecological footprint’ to a level that’s fair compared to the rest of the planet’s population and resources. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Aug
5
2017
Rebecca Laughton

A matter of scale: how small farms provide more jobs and more food per acre

2

Our new report, “A Matter of Scale”, highlights how a diverse and vibrant sector of small farms is providing employment, attracting new entrants and incubating entrepreneurs. Read more …

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