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Aug
5
2020
Sophie Paterson

Keeping communities growing: how to get involved

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Keeping communities growing: Incredible Edible Todmorden

With huge changes demanded by the Covid-19 pandemic, community gardens and growing spaces up and down the country are adapting to new realities. Here’s how you can support and get involved in their work to keep communities growing. Read more …

Aug
2
2020
Dave Darby

Beware the ‘Great Reset’: a power grab by billionaires

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The Great Reset : the World Economic Forum Davos summit

The world is run by and for billionaires. If you’d prefer it to be run democratically, for all of us, then don’t be fooled by the ‘Great Reset’ – a request by the corporate and financial sectors for governments to give them taxpayers’ money to take more control. Read more …

Jul
29
2020
Nick Mann

The Wool Carder bee – and why it’s one of my favourites

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European Wool Carder bee

Which are your favourite species of bee? For Nick Mann of Habitat Aid, ranking high among them is the Wool Carder bee. Read more …

Jul
26
2020
Brian Czech

Why ‘green growth’ is an oxymoron: Brian Czech of CASSE

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Brian Czech of CASSE : why green growth is an oxymoron

This is part 2 of an interview with Brian Czech (part 1 is here), the president of CASSE (Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy). He served in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1999-2017, and as a visiting professor of natural resource economics in Virginia Tech’s National Capitol Region. Read more …

Jul
22
2020
Richard Phillips

How to make your own shampoo bar with neem oil and nettle

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How to make your own shampoo bar : neem and nettle

Tempted to learn how to make your own shampoo bar? Here’s a great simple recipe from The Soap Kitchen, which combines nettle and neem oil. Read more …

Jul
19
2020
Dil Green

The Money and Society MOOC — and my subsequent adventures in mutual credit

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Explore the circular economy in the Money & Society MOOC

The Money & Society MOOC was launched by Matthew Slater and Jem Bendell in 2014. In four dense but perfectly assimilable 2-hour videos, it blows open your understanding of economics, in an incredibly liberating and empowering way. Read more …

Jul
15
2020
Sarah Young

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 4: foraging for fruits, nuts and fungi

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Blackberries : foraging for fruits, nuts and fungi

From greengages to giant puffballs, in the final instalment of a beginner’s guide to foraging, our friends at Ethical.net tackle the task of foraging for fruits, nuts and fungi. Read more …

Jul
12
2020
Dave Darby

What post-Covid communities could look like, if enough of us want it

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Post-Covid communities : what could towns like be like?

Here’s a little story for anyone who’s noticed that things aren’t going too well in our communities. Small businesses are going under, unemployment is on the rise and money’s becoming scarce. Read more …

Jul
8
2020
Sarah Young

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 3: foraging on the coast

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Mussels : foraging on the coast

Part 3 of the beginner’s guide to foraging introduces us to foraging on the coast, covering everything from marsh samphire to mussels and much more in between. Read more …

Jul
5
2020
Laurence Anderson

Mutual credit and economic crashes: interview with Laurence Anderson of Tradeswap, Australia

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Tradeswap

Today I’m interviewing Laurence Anderson of Tradeswap – a mutual credit network in Australia. I’m very interested in what you’re up to Laurence, because as you know, a group of us are trying to set up mutual credit networks in the UK, with a view to building a global credit commons. Read more …

Jul
1
2020
Sarah Young

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 2: common edible weeds and wild plants

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Nettles : one of many common edible weeds

In Part 2 of a beginner’s guide to foraging from our friends at Ethical.net, we learn which common edible weeds and wild plants can make their way to our plates. Read more …

Jun
28
2020
Naresh Giangrande

Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of Transition Network: the future for local economies, Part 2

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Naresh Giagrande : the future of local economies

This is a continuation of an interview with Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of Transition Totnes and the Transition Network, on the future for local economies post-covid. Part 1 is here. Read more …

Jun
24
2020
Sarah Young

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 1: the basics of foraging

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Wild garlic : a beginner's guide to foraging

We share a first instalment of a beginner’s guide to foraging from our friends at Ethical.net, starting with the basics of when and where, and the importance of safety and sustainability. Read more …

Jun
21
2020
Dave Darby

How can people keep working if the economy crashes and there’s just no money around?

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Mutual credit means people can keep working if the economy crashes

Imagine that there’s an enormous economic crash coming. Say, the biggest economic crash in history. Outlandish, I know, but just give it a try. Read more …

Jun
17
2020
Nick Mann

Sowing wildflower seed onto grass

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A Somerset meadow photographed by Habitat Aid

Keen to transform your lawn into a wildflower meadow but not sure how? Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares his guide to sowing wildflower seed onto grass. Read more …

Jun
14
2020
Dave Darby

How accountants can use mutual credit to support small businesses during the post-covid slump

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How accountants can use mutual credit to support small businesses

Are you an accountant? Do you have an accountant? Do you know an accountant? If you could bring this article to their attention, we think they might find it interesting – it’s an idea that can be very useful for accountants, to help keep their small business clients afloat during the post-covid economic slump. Read more …

Jun
10
2020
Ruby Taylor

May – June forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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Elderflower by Tony Hisgett

Elderflower fritters, anyone? Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shows us how to make a delicious early summer delicacy in her May – June forage of the month. Read more …

Jun
7
2020
Paul Jennings

Trying to make a living on an organic smallholding: Paul Jennings, ‘One-Planet’ smallholder

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One Planet Development smallholder Paul Jennings : how to make a living on an organic smallholding

This is part 2 of an interview with Paul Jennings, who has built his own straw-bale house and lives with his family on a smallholding in Carmarthenshire in Wales. They were able to build their house via the One Planet Development (OPD) policy in Wales. Here’s part 1 of the interview. Read more …

Jun
3
2020
Dave Darby

Water For Rojava international solidarity fund

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A dry watercourse in Minbic - Water for Rojava

Dave Darby shares news of a crowdfunding campaign launched by the Solidarity Economy Association to rebuild vital water infrastructure in North and East Syria. Read more …

May
31
2020
Chris Cook

Chris Cook’s tour of the oil markets: from Nixon to Trump

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Chris Cook's tour of the oil markets

Today I’m talking with Chris Cook, who designed and built the Iranian Oil Bourse (see Wikipedia for a timeline of the events Chris describes), which could help move the world away from the petrodollar. We’ll be talking more about that later. Read more …

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