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05/2020 posts

Chris Cook’s tour of the oil markets: from Nixon to Trump

Chris Cook of Island Power | 31-May-2020 | 4

Today I’m talking with Chris Cook, who designed and built the Iranian Oil Bourse (see Wikipedia for a timeline of the events Chris describes), which could help move the world away from the petrodollar. We’ll be talking more about that later. Read more

Blossom, blossom and more blossom!

Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 27-May-2020 | 0

Nick Mann of Habitat Aid charts a five month journey of beautiful blossom and how people and pollinators alike can benefit from its bounty. Read more

Community wealth building & mutual credit: a match made in heaven?

This is the third in a series of articles about community wealth building and mutual credit, by Dave Darby and Dil Green of and the Open Credit Network. Read more

Mutual credit – a lifeline for small businesses

Dave Darby of | 24-May-2020 | 2

This post follows on from yesterday’s, about community wealth building. Tomorrow, Dil Green explains how community wealth building and mutual credit could be a match made in heaven. Read more

‘The Case for Community Wealth Building’: review

Dave Darby of | 23-May-2020 | 0

This is the first of three articles in three days about ‘community wealth building’ (CWB) and mutual credit. Today we’re explaining community wealth building, and reviewing a book: The Case for Community Wealth Building. Tomorrow we’ll blog about how mutual credit can help post-Covid communities, and on Monday, Dil Green continues the theme, explaining how… Continue reading ‘The Case for Community Wealth Building’: review Read more

The 12 principles of permaculture: a way forward

Sarah Young of | 20-May-2020 | 0

We share a guest post from, in which Elizabeth Waddington sets out the twelve principles of permaculture. There’s plenty more to it than gardening, we promise! Read more

Interview with Brian Czech: the impossibility of a perpetually-growing economy

Brian Czech of CASSE | 17-May-2020 | 0

Today I’m talking with Brian Czech, the president of CASSE (Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy). He served in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1999-2017, and as a visiting professor of natural resource economics in Virginia Tech’s National Capitol Region. He is the author of Supply Shock, Shoveling Fuel for… Continue reading Interview with Brian Czech: the impossibility of a perpetually-growing economy Read more

The upside of lockdown: WWOOFing in Shropshire

Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK | 13-May-2020 | 1

When the coronavirus crisis hit, Imogen Lacey was volunteering through WWOOF UK, living and working on a smallholding in exchange for accommodation, food and a wealth of learning opportunities. Here she shares her personal experiences of WWOOFing in Shropshire under lockdown. Read more

Our policy on keeping animals & eating meat

Dave Darby of | 10-May-2020 | 106

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

How to make your own sustainable cleaning products

Sarah Young of | 06-May-2020 | 3

Wondering how to make your own sustainable cleaning products? Our friends at are here to help, with useful tips galore and a recipe for homemade apple cider vinegar. Read more

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

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

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