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December forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

Ruby Taylor of Native Hands | 29-Dec-2019 | 0

With edible pickings thin on the ground for her December forage of the month, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands instead collects inedible fungi for fire making, commonly known as King Alfred’s cakes. Read more

What I’ve discovered about the money system and how the world is run, since working with the Open Credit Network

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 22-Dec-2019 | 0

In the summer of 2018 I went along to Open2018 to see Matthew Slater talk about how we might shake up the money system with a global Credit Commons. After his presentation, Matthew and I met with Oliver Sylvester-Bradley of the Open Co-op, who organised the event, and decided to build a mutual credit network… Continue reading What I’ve discovered about the money system and how the world is run, since working with the Open Credit Network Read more

Wildflower meadows in spring: what to look forward to

Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 18-Dec-2019 | 1

As the winter solstice approaches, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid takes a welcome look forward to the delights of his wildflower meadows in spring. Read more

What it’s like to work in a cooperative grocery store: Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery, Part 1

Today I’m talking with Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery – a cooperative grocery store in Manchester; and the thing I’m particularly interested in about Unicorn Grocery is that instead of wanting to become a huge chain, they’ve got a toolkit called ‘Grow your own Grocery’ to help people set up cooperative grocery stores in their own towns. Read more

A guide to composting: the fundamentals

Sarah Young of Ethical.net | 13-Dec-2019 | 1

We share the first part of Ethical.net’s guide to composting, covering the fundamental principles of turning your food waste into a wonderful soil fertiliser. Read more

26 questions from a 10-year-old to his parents about the election

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 10-Dec-2019 | 6

At a dinner party on Saturday evening, I had a discussion about a) the efficacy of elections for bringing about meaningful change, and b) the desirability of the quest for perpetual economic growth (I didn’t feel positively about either of those things). Our hosts’ 10-year-old son was listening carefully, after which he expressed his intention… Continue reading 26 questions from a 10-year-old to his parents about the election Read more

Become one of the first movers in a new, collaborative economy: Open Credit Network Alpha launch

Lowimpact.org are working with Open.coop to build a new, co-operative, moneyless, mutual credit trading system for the UK, with a view to joining many similar schemes around the world to create a new global trading system, that requires neither banks nor interest. The point of this article is to invite you, if you own or… Continue reading Become one of the first movers in a new, collaborative economy: Open Credit Network Alpha launch Read more

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”

Eloise Sentito of These Isles | 04-Dec-2019 | 2

With the end of 2019 drawing near, nomadic handweaver Eloïse Sentito reflects on a year of significant change, living on the edge while spinning, dyeing and weaving her way from Brittany to Devon. Read more

New topic – ‘commoning’ – and why ‘the Tragedy of the Commons’ is wrong

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 01-Dec-2019 | 0

At university, back in the 80s, we were taught about ‘the Tragedy of the Commons’ – an essay by Garrett Hardin, about how common resources are always abused, because humans are basically selfish. It seemed plausible at the time, but has since been shown to be false. Read more

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