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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 …

May
27
2020
Nick Mann

Blossom, blossom and more blossom!

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Blossom at Donisthorpe Park by LocalColour

Nick Mann of Habitat Aid charts a five month journey of beautiful blossom and how people and pollinators alike can benefit from its bounty. Read more …

May
25
2020
Dil Green

Community wealth building & mutual credit: a match made in heaven?

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Community wealth building and mutual credit

This is the third in a series of articles about community wealth building and mutual credit, by Dave Darby and Dil Green of Lowimpact.org and the Open Credit Network. Read more …

May
24
2020
Dave Darby

Mutual credit – a lifeline for small businesses

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mutual-credit-businesses

This post follows on from yesterday’s, about community wealth building. Tomorrow, Dil Green explains how community wealth building and mutual credit could be a match made in heaven. Read more …

May
23
2020
Dave Darby

‘The Case for Community Wealth Building’: review

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The Case for Community Wealth Building

This is the first of three articles in three days about ‘community wealth building’ (CWB) and mutual credit. Today we’re explaining community wealth building, and reviewing a book: The Case for Community Wealth Building. Tomorrow we’ll blog about how mutual credit can help post-Covid communities, and on Monday, Dil Green continues the theme, explaining how CWB and mutual credit is a match made in heaven. Read more …

May
20
2020
Sarah Young

The 12 principles of permaculture: a way forward

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National Permaaculture Convergence Hulme

We share a guest post from Ethical.net, in which Elizabeth Waddington sets out the twelve principles of permaculture. There’s plenty more to it than gardening, we promise! Read more …

May
17
2020
Brian Czech

Interview with Brian Czech: the impossibility of a perpetually-growing economy

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Brian Czech of CASSE

Today I’m talking with Brian Czech, 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. He is the author of Supply Shock, Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, and The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy, as well as over 50 academic journal articles. Read more …

May
13
2020
Scarlett Penn

The upside of lockdown: WWOOFing in Shropshire

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Imogen Lacey WWOOFing in Shropshire : the upside of lockdown

When the coronavirus crisis hit, Imogen Lacey was volunteering through WWOOF UK, living and working on a smallholding in exchange for accommodation, food and a wealth of learning opportunities. Here she shares her personal experiences of WWOOFing in Shropshire under lockdown. Read more …

May
10
2020
Dave Darby

Our policy on keeping animals & eating meat

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Eating meat and keeping animals

Our topics include vegetarianism and veganism, but also keeping animals (for meat, dairy, eggs, honey, wool, leather, work etc); and also fishing and hunting animals in the wild. Is this incongruous? As a sustainability / new economy organisation, should we be promoting only veganism, rather than the keeping and/or eating of animals? Read more …

May
6
2020
Sarah Young

How to make your own sustainable cleaning products

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Wondering how to make your own sustainable cleaning products? Our friends at Ethical.net are here to help, with useful tips galore and a recipe for homemade apple cider vinegar. Read more …

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