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Apr
21
2019
Jay Tompt

Developing local entrepreneurs and keeping out giant corporations: Jay Tompt of the REconomy Project

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Jay Tompt of the REconomy Project in Totnes

Today we’re talking with Jay Tompt, of the REconomy Project. This is part of a series of interviews with people who are helping to build a new economy. Read more …

Apr
19
2019
Lauren Simpson

Be part of a living, working countryside: apply for a small farm lease with the Ecological Land Cooperative

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Apply for a small farm lease with the ELC

We hear from the Ecological Land Cooperative about exciting opportunities ahead for aspiring ecological farmers to apply for a small farm lease. Read more …

Apr
16
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 1: why grow shiitake mushrooms?

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Why grow shiitake mushrooms? Here's why!

No garden? No problem! In the first of a new series from the Mushroom Guide, Benedict Noel considers why shiitake mushrooms make a great starting point for anyone new to mushroom growing, particularly in an urban environment. Read more …

Apr
14
2019
Hilary Wainwright

The role of the state and the market in building the new economy: interview with Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper

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Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper magazine

Today, we’re talking with Hilary Wainwright – an academic, activist, editor of Red Pepper magazine, and a fellow of the Transnational Institute (TNI). Read more …

Apr
11
2019
Eileen Sutherland

Want to learn about straw-bale building? More news on the ESBG 2019

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… and a special offer for our readers! We hear from Eileen Sutherland of The School of Natural Building about the straw-bale building event of the year, happening for the first time in the UK this summer.

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Apr
9
2019
Sarah Young

Repair & maintain: how to keep your beloved clothes in your life for longer

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Keen to repair your clothes? You're not alone!

Keen to repair your clothes? You’re not alone! We hear from the team at Ethical.net about the growing mending movement challenging fast fashion.

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Apr
7
2019
Dave Darby

A moneyless trading system for the UK: the Open Credit Network launches website and conducts first trades

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The Open Credit Network

As followers of this blog will know, Lowimpact.org are partnering with the Open Co-op to develop a mutual credit network for the UK. Well, we now have a website and a new name – the Open Credit Network.

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Apr
4
2019
Joe Duirwyn

Hartwyn free natural building course: 2019 applications now open

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Want to join the Hartwyn free natural building course 2019?

We hear from Joe Duirwyn of Hartwyn about a fantastic free natural building learning opportunity running from June to September 2019.

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Apr
2
2019
Jessie Watson Brown

Tales of a winter working in a traditional tannery in Norway

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Reindeer leather, thin and strong, makes beautiful bags and clothes produced by traditional tannery Jutulskinn

Jessie Watson Brown, a UK traditional tanner, spent two months this winter at Jutulskinn, a traditional tannery in Norway. Here she shares some of her experiences and learnings.

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Mar
31
2019
Paul Chatterton

Community-led housing – what’s different about mutual home ownership societies (MHOS): interview with Paul Chatterton of LILAC

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LILAC is a community-led housing initiative with mutual home ownership

Today we’re talking with Paul Chatterton, of LILAC community in Leeds about community-led housing and mutual home ownership societies.

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Mar
21
2019
Sigi Koko

How to build a low-cost, high-performing living green roof

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One of many living green roofs built by Sigi Koko

Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Designs shares her top tips for designing and building a low-cost, high-performing living green roof.

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Mar
19
2019
Victoria Bryceson

Not just for vegans: low-impact family festivals in 2019 from Vegan Events UK

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A selection of gourmet vegan cake at a Vegan Events UK festival

We hear from the team behind a host of new UK events and festivals putting veganism firmly in the limelight all the way from Glasgow to Plymouth.

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Mar
17
2019
Dil Green

A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism

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Butterflies emerging: illustration for a Transcender Manifesto

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
14
2019
Nick Mann

How to make a windbreak: the best trees and shrubs to use

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Windswept Robin by Annette Randle via Wikimedia Commons

Those of us in the UK might have noticed it’s been more than a wee bit breezy of late. What better time to learn how to make a windbreak for your garden or smallholding with Nick Mann of Habitat Aid.

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Mar
12
2019
Eileen Sutherland

The European Straw Bale Gathering is coming to Yorkshire for 2019

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The Europea Straw Bale Gathering 2019

The European Straw Bale Gathering is heading to the UK for the very first time in August 2019. Here to tell us more is Eileen Sutherland of The School of Natural Building.

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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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Pat Conaty discusses the commons and co-operative commonwealth with Dave Darby

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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Mar
7
2019
Scarlett Penn

From folk music to pheasants with Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK

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The Shoot by Gordon Allen depicting a hunting party pheasant shooting

Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK recounts a thought-provoking evening of music and debate, after encountering a pheasant-shooting party in a Shropshire pub.

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Mar
5
2019
Lauren Simpson

Want to be a Planning Manager with the Ecological Land Cooperative?

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Could you be the ELC's new Planning Manager?

Our friends at the ELC share news of an exciting job opportunity for a part-time Planning Manager. Over to Lauren Simpson to tell us more.

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Mar
3
2019
Graham Mitchell

The barriers to growing the co-operative economy: Graham Mitchell of CoTech, part 2

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Graham Mitchell of Co-Tech talks about barriers to growing the co-operative economy

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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Toward Co-operative Common Wealth MOOC

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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