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Feb
26
2019
Nick Mann

Plants for bees in late winter: how your garden can help them through

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Sun in February

If it’s warm in February the bees will be in trouble. Nick Mann of Habitat Aid explains how you can do your bit to help them by planting winter bee plants in your garden.

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Feb
24
2019
Pat Conaty

What are ‘the commons’ in the 21st century? Interview with Pat Conaty

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

So today we’re talking 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 ‘the commons’.

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Feb
22
2019
Rowland Keable

Interested in earth building? Come to EBUKI’s mini Clayfest 2019 in Wales!

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Clayfest 2019

Rowland Keable of Earth Building UK and Ireland shares news of a mini but mighty Clayfest 2019 with the theme of building confidence in clay.

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Feb
19
2019
Sigi Koko

The benefits and challenges of natural paints with Sigi Koko

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natural paints

Rounding off Sigi Koko’s natural paint series is her overview of the pros, cons and important considerations of making non-toxic natural paints from the simplest of ingredients.

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Feb
17
2019
Alex Lawrie

Building a co-operative train line: Alex Lawrie of Go-op

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Alex Lawrie of Go-op: working to create a co-operative train line in the UK

Today we’re talking with Alex Lawrie. Alex does a lot of things in the co-operative sector but we want to talk to him specifically about his attempts to launch a co-operative railway line, plus lightweight community transport. Let’s start with Go-op, which is a proposed co-operative train line.

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Feb
14
2019
Emily Fawcett

The surprising benefits of harvesting wild foods – more than you’d expect!

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Emily Fawcett explores the benefits of harvesting wild foods

In this article, Emily Fawcett and Charlie Loram of the Old Way look at the less visible benefits of harvesting wild foods.

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Feb
12
2019
Scarlett Penn

A guide to WWOOFing: 10 top tips from Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK

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10 top tips for WWOOFing

Considering going on a WWOOFing adventure this year? Read this first! Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK shares her top ten tips for anyone new to WWOOFing.

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Feb
10
2019
Cath Muller

How I hitch-hiked across the Atlantic to visit US co-ops: Cath Muller of Radical Routes

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Cath Muller of Radical Routes

Today I’m talking with Cath Muller of Radical Routes, Cornerstone Housing Co-op and Co-operative Business Consultants. This is part 1 of our conversation, about her visit to Catalan co-operatives, and hitch-hiking across the Atlantic to visit US co-ops.

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Feb
7
2019
Sigi Koko

How to make your own natural paints with eggs

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A great project to try with kids, natural builder Sigi Koko shares her best recipes for how to make two different natural paints with eggs.

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Feb
5
2019
Jo Cartmell

How to start a native wildflower meadow in 6 easy steps

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A native wildflower meadow in bloom

Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares her six easy steps to welcome in the wildlife by turning a garden lawn into a native wildflower meadow.

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Feb
3
2019
Dil Green

How do we build a new, non-extractive economy? Dil Green of Lowimpact.org

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Dil Green discusses how we can build a new non-extractive economy with Dave Darby

Today I’m talking with Dil Green, who is a member of the Lowimpact.org co-op. He used to be an architect, and was a founder member of Brixton LETS, and is now on the team of the UK Mutual Credit Network. We’ll be talking about how mutual credit and the viable system model can be used to build a new economy.

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Jan
31
2019
Sigi Koko

How to make natural non-toxic paint from clay

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An example of a natural non-toxic paint from clay

Natural builder Sigi Koko shares her tried and tested method of making natural non-toxic paint from clay.

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Jan
29
2019
Simon Lennane

So long, Doris: how to make a Linux computer from scratch

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How to build a Linux computer from scratch with Simon Lennane

When his old computer died, Simon Lennane knew exactly what to do to get back up and running, by building a Linux computer from scratch.

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Jan
27
2019
Tom Greco

Why the future of money is mutual credit (and not Bitcoin): Interview with Thomas H Greco Jr.

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Dave Darby discusses the future of money with Thomas Greco, author of The End of Money and the Future of Civilization

Today I’m talking with Thomas Greco, who taught economics, finance and statistics for 14 years at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and is now an activist and consultant working on alternatives to the current money system. He also wrote the End of Money and the Future of Civilisation. I came across this book around the same time as Matthew Slater’s credit commons white paper and Positive Money’s videos on how money is created. They completely changed the way I saw the world, and certainly how I thought about money.

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Jan
24
2019
Matthew Slater

UK Mutual Credit Network: register your interest

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The UK Mutual Credit Network offers trade for mutual benefit

Working alongside our partners at The Open Co-op, the UK Mutual Credit Network is starting to win support from organisations like Goodmoney and Finance Lab. Matthew Slater shares how you can get involved.

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Jan
22
2019
Juliette Gauvain

Help bring community energy to North Kensington with the NKCE share offer

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NKCE are bringing even more solar panels to the local community in North Kensington

North Kensington Community Energy is the first community-owned energy enterprise in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. They are installing solar panels on 2 primary schools and a community centre.

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Jan
20
2019
Trevor Hilder

How the viable system model (VSM) can help build a new economy: Trevor Hilder of Web of Wealth

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Trevor Hilder of WebofWealth.org explains the viable system model

Today I’m talking with Trevor Hilder of WebofWealth.org, who is a specialist in Stafford Beer’s viable system model (VSM). What I’m really interested in is how we can use the VSM to build a non-extractive, co-operative federation – a federation that’s comprised of a large number of small units, not giant corporations, and not giant co-operatives either. I’m interested in how far we can scale this federation. In March, we’re hosting a meeting of key people working in the new economy, and the aim is to work out how we federate and grow the non-extractive economy in the UK.

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Jan
17
2019
Sean Fagan

7 great reasons to try bushcraft and camping in winter

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Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft explores 7 great reasons why being outdoors and camping in winter can be fun, challenging and ultimately educational – and will greatly improve your overall bushcraft and camping skills.

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Jan
15
2019
Adrian Leaman

Free learning with a Wholewoods community build camp in 2019

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A happy team of Wholewoods community build camp volunteers

Wholewoods are continuing their fantastic work, offering volunteers on-site learning on a 2019 build camp to construct a roundhouse for OrganicLea. Adrian Leaman has all the details of how to get involved below.

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Jan
13
2019
Maresa Bossano

Community-supported agriculture vs corporate supermarkets: Maresa Bossano of the UK CSA Network

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Maresa Bossano of the UK CSA Network

This is part 2 of an interview with Maresa Bossano, who is the co-ordinator for the Community-Supported Agriculture Network in the UK. Part 1 is here.

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