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02/2019 posts

Free online course: Toward Co-operative Common Wealth MOOC

Calling all activists, practitioners and policy-makers! We share news of a masterclass in movement building in the form of a massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 25th March 2019. Read more

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

Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 26-Feb-2019 | 5

If it’s warm in February the bees will be in trouble. Nick Mann of Habitat Aid explains how you can help with plants for bees in your garden. Read more

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

We meet Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and co-author of the Resilience Imperative, to discuss ‘the commons’. Read more

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

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. Read more

The benefits and challenges of natural paints with Sigi Koko

Sigi Koko outlines the pros, cons and considerations when it comes to making non-toxic natural paints from the simplest of ingredients. Read more

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

Alex Lawrie of Go-op | 17-Feb-2019 | 2

An interview with Alex Lawrie about his attempts to launch Go-op, a co-operative train line linking south west England with the Midlands. Read more

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

Emily Fawcett of the Old Way | 14-Feb-2019 | 3

Emily Fawcett and Charlie Loram of the Old Way look at some of the less obvious benefits of harvesting wild foods as our ancestors did. Read more

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

Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK | 12-Feb-2019 | 8

Anybody considering going on a WWOOFing adventure for the first time will benefit enormously from these 10 tips compiled by Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK. Read more

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

Cath Muller of Radical Routes | 10-Feb-2019 | 0

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. Read more

How to make your own natural paints with eggs

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

How to start a native wildflower meadow in 6 easy steps

Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 05-Feb-2019 | 0

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

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

Dil Green of | 03-Feb-2019 | 16

How can we build a new, non-extractive economy? Dave Darby interviews Lowimpact.org’s Dil Green to find out. Read more

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