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01/2016 posts

One planet people – one-month internships available at Lammas Ecovillage

As a new generation of aspiring land stewards, we wish to minimise dependence on fossil fuels whilst learning to meet our basic needs of food, shelter, energy and livelihood, from the land.  This has been entirely possible for millennia. However, in a 21st century Read more

Nationalising assets does not mean that ‘we’ then own them. Let’s hold things ‘in common’ instead

Dave Darby of | 29-Jan-2016 | 1

Nationalising something doesn’t then mean that it’s owned by ‘the people’ – i.e. by us. That would only be true if states weren’t controlled by the corporate sector. Read more

New, cheap tap fitting that does seem to save water without causing flow problems

Nigel Bamford of Waterblade | 28-Jan-2016 | 0

I was sent a ‘Waterblade’ by Nigel – it fitted onto our bathroom tap easily, and the reason it causes no problems is that it spreads the water out into a thin sheet that actually makes it easier to wash your hands, for example, rather than more difficult. Read more

Off-grid living: how big does your renewable energy generation system need to be?

Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 26-Jan-2016 | 0

Our friend Andy is determined to be self-sufficient in energy should there be a collapse of the National Grid (and / or societal collapse), and has maintained a wind and solar electrical system with a bank of second-hand forklift batteries for 25 years. Read more

Review of ‘Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi’ by Mark Boyle – part 2: the role of violence

Dave Darby of | 25-Jan-2016 | 36

This is the second article generated from Mark Boyle’s book Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi. The first was about the ineffectiveness of reformism when faced with corporate capitalism – ‘The Machine’ as he calls it. Read more

Introducing the ‘How to do it’ conference on how to change the system from grassroots, London, April 9-10

Roger Hallam of How to Do It | 23-Jan-2016 | 11

There are many ideas out there on how to change the world – but very few include a strategy for implementing those ideas. Implementation is key. I had a conversation the other day with Roger Hallam, who used to be involved with Radical Routes, has lived in various communities and now Read more

How you can support low-impact community ‘Landmatters’ with their planning application

Simeon of Landmatters | 22-Jan-2016 | 0

Landmatters co-op is a low impact community in Devon. We’re seeking letters of support for a new round of planning application. Letters of support are invaluable commendations and hugely boosting for a project’s prospects – and morale.  Read more

Latest news on proposed community / housing co-op / eco-centre in the Midlands

Dave Darby of | 20-Jan-2016 | 27

A week ago, we posted about a large, 50-room Victorian mansion with lodge house, stable block, the largest walled garden we’ve ever seen, and 21 acres of woodland that was up for sale on the Worcestershire / Shropshire border. Read more

‘Business Against TTIP’ launched yesterday; we could actually win this

Dave Darby of | 19-Jan-2016 | 1

I’m beginning to think that we could actually win this struggle against TTIP – the latest in the corporate strategy to undermine democracy. Yesterday, ‘Business Against TTIP’ launched – no corporations involved, obviously, but Read more

US bans pipeline, TransCanada sues US taxpayers for $15 billion. How TTIP will transfer wealth from taxpayers to corporations

Dave Darby of | 18-Jan-2016 | 1

Investor-state dispute settlements (ISDS) have been around for over fifty years. Originally meant to protect investors from losses due to government actions – what may have seemed a good idea at the time has spiralled out of control Read more

Would you like to be involved in the setting up of a new community and eco-centre in the English Midlands?

Dave Darby of | 13-Jan-2016 | 71

Not far from Worcester is a stunning Grade II mansion house, 50+ rooms, stable blocks, 2-bed detatched gatehouse, 21 acres of woodland plus huge walled garden., plus other like-minded organisations, would like to secure it as an intentional community Read more

How to hitchhike

How to hitchhike / A guide to hitchhiking for beginners (anybody) / The rules of hitching. Call it what you will, this post is intended to provide useful advice for anybody who wants it. Read more

Why the Real Farming Conference gave me grounds for optimism

Dave Darby of | 09-Jan-2016 | 4

Sometimes, when I’m sitting in front of my laptop screen, I forget how many great people there are out there doing wonderful things, and it’s easy to believe that we’re never going to get rid of this damaging system, and that it will eventually damage ecology so much Read more

Live from the Real Farming Conference: why genetically-engineered food is about politics not science

Dave Darby of | 07-Jan-2016 | 4

I’m at the Real Farming Conference in Oxford, and I’m writing this as a session on GM food is taking place. I’m sorry to have missed it, but I fell into a conversation until it was too late to join the session. However, I know someone who attended that session, and she’ll hopefully write a… Continue reading Live from the Real Farming Conference: why genetically-engineered food is about politics not science Read more

Live from the Real Farming Conference: Equality in the Countryside – a rural manifesto

Dave Darby of | 06-Jan-2016 | 13

I’m blogging from the Real Farming Conference in Oxford, in Oxford Town Hall. This is the seventh annual conference, set up as a counter to the corporate farming conference running at the university in Oxford. I wasn’t expecting such a huge affair – 850 attendees, with some fantastic sessions. Read more

What will TTIP mean for European farmers?

David Margolies of Stop TTIP | 05-Jan-2016 | 0

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture assesses the potential effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on farmers. It’s pretty difficult to decipher, but our position is that we don’t want an increase in Transatlantic trade when it comes to agriculture. Read more

Review of ‘Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi’ by Mark Boyle – part 1: reformism and the Transition movement

Dave Darby of | 02-Jan-2016 | 28

This was a very challenging and thought-provoking read. Mark lived without money for three years, and wrote the Moneyless Manifesto, published in 2012. This is his latest book about the corporate ‘Machine’ and appropriate responses to it. Read more

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