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Aug
22
2019
Jon Halle

Exciting job opportunity: Project Officer with Big Solar Co-op at Sharenergy

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Want to join the Sharenergy team as Project Officer with Big Solar Co-op?

Are you fired up to find practical solutions to the climate crisis? If so, this job opportunity as a Project Officer with Big Solar Co-op could be right up your street. Over to Jon Hallé at Sharenergy to tell us more.

Aug
20
2019
Ziggy

Scribing wood to stone: how to scribe a wood post to a stone foundation

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Scribing wood to stone

Ziggy of The Year of Mud shares a how-to guide for scribing wood to stone, with a project fitting a wooden timber frame on to a stone foundation. Read more …

Aug
18
2019
Chris Smaje

The elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe.

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Chris Smaje argues the elephant in the room is capitalism

Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg and Small Farm Future shares his thoughts as to why the elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe. It’s over to Chris from here…
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Aug
14
2019
Gary Parker

Top tips for tiny home living in a small timber building

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Tiny home living in the woods via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cabin-Like_Tiny_Home_in_the_Woods.jpg

Are you keen to downsize and downshift? Chris from Loosehanger Oak shares his top tips for tiny home living in a small timber building. Read more …

Aug
11
2019
Micky Metts

Networking small businesses and co-ops to replace corporations: Micky Metts on the new economy

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We're talking about the new economy with Micky Metts of Agaric

This is part 2 of a conversation with Micky Metts of Agaric – a co-op in Boston, Massachusetts that provides online tools for other co-ops. Part 1 is here. I told Micky about some of the meetings and discussions we’ve been having in the UK with people working to build ‘new economy’ infrastructure, like community energy, housing, worker, land, platform, tech and even transport co-operatives, free software, community-supported agriculture, community land trusts, ‘commons’ etc. Read more …

Aug
7
2019
Ziggy

Shou sugi ban: preserving wood using fire with Ziggy of The Year of Mud

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Shou sugi ban: preserving wood with fire Japanese-style

Ziggy Liloia of The Year of Mud in Kentucky, USA, shares his how-to guide for shou sugi ban, preserving wood using fire as practised in traditional Japanese timber building. It’s a thing of beauty! Read more …

Aug
4
2019
Dave Darby

What’s the difference between capitalism and a free market?

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People usually conflate the two, but I want to try to persuade (mainly the right) that capitalism is nothing like a free market, and (mainly the left) that there’s nothing wrong with a truly free market. Read more …

Jul
31
2019
Ruby Taylor

Making an oak swill with basket maker Owen Jones

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Ruby and Owen making an oak swill basket

We hear from Ruby Taylor of Native Hands about her recent trip to the Lake District, learning how to craft an oak swill with basket maker Owen Jones. Read more …

Jul
28
2019
Matthew Slater

How to build a global, moneyless, interest-free trading system: Matthew Slater of the Credit Commons Collective

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Matthew Slater: building a global moneyless trading system

Today I’m talking with Matthew Slater, author of the Credit Commons white paper – an idea to link together mutual credit schemes anywhere in the world to create a global, moneyless trading system. Read more …

Jul
25
2019
Andrew Rollinson

Biochar on trial: what scientific research tells us so far

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Image by Simon on Flickr.com via https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Working wonders or potentially harmful? Dr Andrew Rollinson examines the scientific research surrounding biochar to date, including his own personal experiments. Read more …

Jul
23
2019
Benedict Noel

Alternatives to single-use plastic in mushroom growing

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Mushrooms encased in plastic courtesy of GroCycle

Benedict Noel of The Mushroom Guide shares his tried and tested alternatives to single use plastic in mushroom growing. Read more …

Jul
18
2019
Kevin Blockley

Out of Eden: how you can get involved in a neolithic farm experiment in Wales

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Kevin Blockley atop the roof of a neolithic style building at Out of Eden

Dr Kevin Blockley shares how the Out of Eden project is creating a unique educational experience that immerses us in the hunter gathering world of our ancestors and our first experiments in farming. Read more …

Jul
16
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 9: working with agar cultures

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Working with agar cultures

A jellylike substance derived from seaweed, Benedict Noel sets out the role of agar cultures in Part 9 of his Mushroom Guide. Read more …

Jul
14
2019
Duncan McCann

A strategy for challenging the giant corporate platforms: Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation

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Duncan McCann shares his strategy for challenging giant corporate platforms

We talk about a strategy for challenging the giant corporate platforms in Part 2 of an interview with Duncan McCann, who’s working on a platform co-op alternative to Über in Brighton. Read more …

Jul
9
2019
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 16 and postscript: labelling yarn

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Labelling and other processing at The Natural Fibre Company spinning mill

Sue Blacker takes us on a final tour of The Natural Fibre Company’s spinning mill to learn all about labelling yarn. Turns out there’s plenty to it! Read more …

Jul
7
2019
Micky Metts

Building the open web: an interview with Micky Metts of Agaric

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Micky Metts of Agaric - building the open web as a co-operative

Dave Darby interviews Micky Metts of Agaric, based in Boston, Massachusetts, who is active in both the co-operative and free/open source movements. Read more …

Jul
4
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 8: working with liquid mushroom cultures

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Jars of pressure-cooked liquid mushroom cultures with foil tops

We learn how to work with liquid mushroom cultures as The Mushroom Guide with Benedict Noel continues. Read more …

Jul
2
2019
Jessie Watson Brown

Getting started with fishing for food: Part 2 – When and where?

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Ever fancied fishing for your supper but don’t know where to begin? In Part 2 of her Fishing for Food series, Jessie Watson Brown chats with Charlie Loram about the when and where of starting fishing. Read more …

Jun
30
2019
Matthew Slater

Will Facebook’s Libra coin conquer the world?

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Libra Association founding partners

In the wake of Facebook’s recent announcement, community currency engineer Matthew Slater asks if Libra coin is poised to conquer the world. Read more …

Jun
27
2019
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 15: the final wool yarn package and packaging

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The yarn is ready to package up at The Natural Fibre Company’s spinning mill, as Sue Blacker shares the final leg of The Wool Journey. Read more …

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