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Jan
24
2021
Dave Darby

Videos & articles to accompany upcoming book on new economy built around mutual credit

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Resources for mutual credit book

I have a contract to produce a book about growing a new economy ‘in the cracks in capitalism’, with mutual credit at the core. This article is a listing of key resources: video interviews I’ve done with relevant people whilst researching the book, plus articles providing additional information. I’ll add to this list as I conduct more interviews and find more sources of useful information. Read more …

Jan
21
2021
Nick Mann

Neonicotinoids and climate change

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With neonicotinoids back in the news this month, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares his views on the growing threat they pose in combination with climate change. Read more …

Jan
13
2021
Sean Fagan

For the love of trees: my musings on trees

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Musings on trees: tree shadow of a lone sugar maple

Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft brings the outdoors to life as he shares his musings on trees and why it is he loves them so. Read more …

Jan
10
2021
Sue Bell

What happened to LETS systems? Sue Bell of Mutual Credit Services

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What happened to LETS systems?

Today I’m talking with Sue Bell, who was involved for many years in Brixton LETS and the Brixton Pound. She’s now part of a group called Mutual Credit Services (MCS), formed to build mutual credit clubs and to federate them together to build a new kind of moneyless trading system. I want to talk about LETS systems and mutual credit – the similarities and differences – and what happened to LETS systems. Read more …

Jan
6
2021
Sarah Young

Food preservation methods to make the most of seasonal produce: Part 3

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Using fruit in jams is one way to make seasonal produce go further

Keen to plan ahead to make the most of seasonal produce this year? We share a season-by-season exploration of food preservation methods, in a last instalment from our friends at Ethical.net. Read more …

Dec
20
2020
Chris Cook

Storing value in a mutual credit world: Chris Cook

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Storing value in a mutual credit world

This is the third in a series of interviews that will accompany a book I’m writing, that will be published by Chelsea Green – an employee-owned company, and part of the new economy that the book is describing, built around a mutual credit core. Today I’m talking with Chris Cook. He was the designer of the Iran Oil Bourse, and I interviewed him before about the history of the oil markets. Read more …

Dec
17
2020
Sarah Young

Food preservation methods to make the most of seasonal produce: Part 2

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Food preservation methods include drying as with these dried fruits

From drying and canning to pickling, bottling and more, Ethical.net share a second instalment of food preservation methods to make the most of seasonal produce throughout the year. Read more …

Dec
13
2020
Matthew Slater

Building the Credit Commons with Mutual Credit Clubs: Matthew Slater

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Building the credit commons

This is the second in a series of interviews that will accompany a book I’m writing, that will be published by Chelsea Green – an employee-owned company, and part of the new economy that the book is describing, built around a mutual credit core. Here’s more on the book deal and here’s some introductory information about mutual credit. Read more …

Dec
12
2020
Dil Green

Two planks – and a bridge – to the new economy

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Two planks and a bridge to the new economy

This article accompanies and enlarges upon the interview with Dil Green that we published recently, as part of series of articles on a forthcoming book about building a new economy around a mutual credit core. Read more …

Dec
9
2020
Lauren Simpson

Job opportunities with the Ecological Land Cooperative

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Vegetable harvest from Steepholding, Greenham Reach

There are exciting times ahead for our friends at the Ecological Land Cooperative, as they share news of five new job opportunities. Lauren Simpson tells us more. Read more …

Dec
6
2020
Dil Green

Mutual credit clubs: an introduction, with Dil Green

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Mutual Credit Services helps establish mutual credit clubs

This is the first in a series of interviews that will accompany a book I’m writing, that will be published by Chelsea Green – an employee-owned company, and part of the new economy that the book is describing, built around a mutual credit core. Here’s more on the book deal and here’s some introductory information about mutual credit. Read more …

Dec
2
2020
Sarah Young

Food preservation methods to make the most of seasonal produce: Part 1

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Dried chillies, an example of a traditional food preservation method

Keen to make the most of seasonal produce? We learn about the what and why of traditional food preservation methods with Ethical.net, beginning with the humble larder and root cellar. Read more …

Nov
29
2020
Shaun Fensom

Re-cooperativising the Co-op Bank? Shaun Fensom of Save Our Bank

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Shaun Fensom of Save our Bank

Today I’m talking with Shaun Fensom of ‘Save Our Bank’ – the Co-op Bank, that is. But of course it’s not a co-operative any more, and part of what the group wants to do is to help bring the bank back into co-operative ownership. Read more …

Nov
25
2020
Scarlett Penn

Paid internship opportunity with Vallis Veg for 2021

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2021 internship at Vallis Veg

Our friends at WWOOF UK share news of a 2021 internship opportunity with the fab folks at Vallis Veg in northeast Somerset. Read more …

Nov
22
2020
Dave Darby

I’ve got a book deal. I’d like to ask for your advice about how to deliver the message.

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I’ve got a book deal with Chelsea Green, which is quite scary. They like my writing style, but the content needs a bit of translating for a wide audience. The Covid pandemic provided the stimulus to bring together a group of specialists to form ‘Mutual Credit Services’ (new website coming soon). My role is in the ‘propaganda department’ – hence the book. The book is about building a new economy with mutual credit at the core. Read more …

Nov
18
2020
Rowland Keable

Virtual International Clayfest 2020 – ‘building’ skills and building ‘skills’

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Clayfest 2020

It’s a highlight of the natural building calendar not to be missed. EBUKI share news of this year’s upcoming virtual Clayfest, exploring and celebrating all things earth building on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November 2020. Read more …

Nov
15
2020
Dave Darby

Are squirrels or pigeons ‘food’, and should we reintroduce pine martens?

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A squirrel - is it food?

OK, so this isn’t really about squirrels or pigeons – it’s about any animal; we’re back to the veganism vs meat-eating discussion. But just focusing on squirrels and pigeons for the moment, I guess everyone accepts that they are of course food for other animals. They’re in a food chain, after all. Pine martens don’t need to wrestle with this question – squirrels are most definitely food for them. And sparrow hawks don’t need to ask about pigeons – or squirrels either, for that matter. It’s about whether they’re acceptable food for humans. You can make up your own mind when it comes to you. You can decide that you’re never going to eat squirrels or pigeons – but do you have the right to dictate to others that they shouldn’t eat them either? Read more …

Nov
11
2020
Sophie Paterson

Review: A Complete Guide to Straw Bale Building by Rikki Nitzkin and Maren Termens

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Sophie Paterson reviews a valuable new addition to any natural building bookshelf in the form of A Complete Guide to Straw Bale Building by Rikki Nitzkin and Maren Termens, published by Permanent Publications earlier this month. Read more …

Nov
8
2020
Dave Darby

CoopCycle Federation: aiming for a bicycle courier co-op in every town

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CoopCycle Federation

Today I’m talking with Claire Stocks of Chorlton Bike Deliveries and Matt Nicholson of York Collective. Both are bicycle courier co-operatives. Read more …

Nov
4
2020
Sarah Young

Great ways to reduce plastic use in your home: Part 3 – around the home

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Explore how to reduce plastic use in the kitchen, living area, bedroom, bathroom and even the garden, with the help of our friends at Ethical.net. Read more …

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