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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 …

May
3
2020
Naresh Giangrande

Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of Transition Network: the future for local economies, Part 1

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Naresh Giagrande : the future of local economies

This is part 1 of an interview with Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of Transition Totnes and the Transition Network. Part 2 is here. Read more …

Apr
30
2020
Lauren Simpson

How small farms offer big solutions as global issues turn focus to home

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The Arlington site in Sussex

With just under three weeks left until the Ecological Land Cooperative 202 community share offer closes, Lauren Simpson shares an update on progress so far, complete with a new film. Read more …

Apr
28
2020
Ruby Taylor

April forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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April forage of the month : nettle soup

In her April forage of the month, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands takes the sting out of nettles with a delicious soup recipe. Read more …

Apr
26
2020
Dave Darby

The alternative to the current money system: Tim Jenkin, Matthew Slater & Dil Green

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Bank notes in different currencies - but what are the alternatives to the money system?

Here I interview Tim Jenkin, Matthew Slater and Dil Green (and Keith the cat, briefly, until he got bored – see video) about the money system, the problems it causes and what could replace it. Fascinating insights from three people who have spent an enormous amount of time thinking about the money system. Read more …

Apr
22
2020
Sarah Young

How and why to grow a food forest in your garden

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Food forest gardening diagram

With many of us taking steps to grow our own food right now, some for the first time, our friends at Ethical.net set out how and why to grow a food forest in your garden. Read more …

Apr
19
2020
Dave Darby

Post-corona: ‘getting back to normal’ is suicidal – here’s the alternative

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Getting back to normal: is there an alternative post-corona?

“For those who dream of a return to “normalcy”: normalcy was standing on the tracks watching an oncoming train & arguing about how fast it was going. Something just banged into us & sent us sprawling. It hurt. A lot. Now let’s get up, but NOT get back on the tracks again.” – David Graeber

Read more …

Apr
15
2020
Andy Reynolds

Becoming a woodland owner: an alternative view

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Becoming a woodland owner by Andy Reynolds

There are many and various drivers behind the desire to become a woodland owner, varying from wishing to impose one’s self on the landscape and latterly build a house on a green field site; to the other end of the spectrum to benignly caring for an increasingly rare habitat. Read more …

Apr
12
2020
Dave Darby

Post-corona: ‘getting back to normal’ is not just a bad idea – it’s suicidal

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Should we return to normal post-corona?

There’s been a lot of talk about ‘thanking’ coronavirus for giving us the breathing space to re-evaluate, and for giving nature some breathing space too. This isn’t one of those articles. I don’t find it compassionate to thank a virus that’s killing thousands of people, and closing millions of small businesses, allowing Amazon to hoover up almost the entire economy. That’s not the kind of world I want. Read more …

Apr
8
2020
Ruby Taylor

March – April forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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April forage of the month : cleaver and nettle tonic

Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares her March – April forage of the month, starring cleavers and nettles in a springtime tonic we can appreciate all the more in these challenging times. Read more …

Apr
5
2020
Paul Jennings

One Planet Development and access to land: Paul Jennings, OPD smallholder and self-builder

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

This is the first part of an interview with Paul Jennings, who lives on a smallholding in Pembrokeshire with his family, and built his own straw-bale home under the One Planet Development policy that exists in Wales (but not in England), which allows people to build a home on their land, even if it is outside the development zone, if they can show that they will live with an ecological footprint of one planet or less. Read more …

Apr
3
2020
Dave Darby

Keeping small businesses alive during the coronavirus / economic crisis

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Keeping small businesses alive during the coronavirus economic crisis

The coronavirus crisis is causing an economic crash that will only get worse. Research has indicated that a shortage of money will mean that up to a million UK small businesses may close in the coming months. To prevent the devastation of small businesses, and therefore our communities, there needs to be an alternative means of exchanging goods and services. Read more …

Apr
1
2020
Shaun Chamberlin

Surviving the Future: an online course for our times

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Surviving the Future online course

Our friend Shaun Chamberlin of Dark Optimism shares news of Surviving the Future: conversations for our time, an eight week online gathering which he will be co-facilitating on behalf of Sterling College, starting on Monday 6th April. Read more …

Mar
29
2020
Dave Darby

Building the new economy: how to keep local economies trading in the economic slump caused by the coronavirus

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We need each other to help keep local economies trading amid the coronavirus crisis

This is the last of six articles this week about how we can keep local economies afloat during the coming economic slump. There is already a scarcity of money, as the coronavirus crisis forces businesses to lay off workers, and sole traders to give up. But it will get much worse. How can we keep communities alive, and local economies trading when there’s no money around? Mutual credit can solve the problem of scarcity of money in the wake of the coronavirus. The Open Credit Network are building a mutual credit network for the UK. Read more …

Mar
25
2020
Tom Greco

The global money system: not the kind of ‘normality’ we should return to after the coronavirus crisis is over

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Wall Street epicentre of the global money system

This is the fifth in a series of articles about how mutual credit can help us get through the economic problems caused by the corona virus. The main points to get across are:

  1. There’s going to be a shortage of money.
  2. Mutual credit is a moneyless trading system.

That’s it! Mutual credit can help local economies survive when there’s no money around.

Here Tom Greco describes the system that the financial elite will be pushing us to revert to after the coronavirus crisis is over. Read more …

Mar
24
2020
Geoff Turk

“Flat Earth” Money, and why there doesn’t have to be a global cashflow problem

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Does there really have to be a global cashflow problem?

This is the fourth in a series of articles about how mutual credit can help us get through the economic problems caused by the corona virus. The main points to get across are:

  1. There’s going to be a shortage of money.
  2. Mutual credit is a moneyless trading system.

That’s it! Mutual credit can help local economies survive when there’s no money around.

Here Geoff Turk asks why money has to be scarce, and why we can’t just exchange products and services with each other, without using money, that’s issued (as debt) and controlled by giant banks. Read more …

Mar
23
2020
Matthew Slater

The exchange medium for the coronavirus crisis: crypto or mutual credit?

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Exchange medium coronavirus crisis

This is the third in a series of articles about how mutual credit can help us get through the economic problems caused by the corona virus. The main points to get across are:

  1. There’s going to be a shortage of money.
  2. Mutual credit is a moneyless trading system.

That’s it! Mutual credit can help local economies survive when there’s no money around.

Matthew’s article goes deeper into the concept of mutual credit, and compares its potential to cryptocurrencies in an economic depression. Read more …

Mar
22
2020
Dil Green

Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups should look to Mutual Credit for economic resilience

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Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK

This is the second in a series of articles this week about how mutual credit can help us get through the economic problems caused by the corona virus. The main points to get across are:

  1. There’s going to be a shortage of money.
  2. Mutual credit is a moneyless trading system.

That’s it! Mutual credit can help local economies survive when there’s no money around. Read more …

Mar
21
2020
Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Mutual credit is a solution to the COVID-19 economic crisis

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Mutual credit and the COVID-19 economic crisis

This is the first in a series of articles over the next week or so about how mutual credit can help us get through the economic problems caused by the corona virus. The main points to get across are:

  1. There’s going to be a shortage of money.
  2. Mutual credit is a moneyless trading system.

That’s it! Mutual credit can help local economies survive when there’s no money around. Read more …

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