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07/2020 posts

The Wool Carder bee – and why it’s one of my favourites

Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 29-Jul-2020 | 0

Which are your favourite species of bee? For Nick Mann of Habitat Aid, ranking high among them is the Wool Carder bee. Read more

Why ‘green growth’ is an oxymoron: Brian Czech of CASSE

Brian Czech of CASSE | 26-Jul-2020 | 0

This is part 2 of an interview with Brian Czech (part 1 is here), 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. Read more

How to make your own shampoo bar with neem oil and nettle

Tempted to learn how to make your own shampoo bar? Here’s a great simple recipe from The Soap Kitchen, which combines nettle and neem oil. Read more

The Money and Society MOOC — and my subsequent adventures in mutual credit

The Money & Society MOOC was launched by Matthew Slater and Jem Bendell in 2014. In four dense but perfectly assimilable 2-hour videos, it blows open your understanding of economics, in an incredibly liberating and empowering way. Read more

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 4: foraging for fruits, nuts and fungi

Sarah Young of | 15-Jul-2020 | 3

From greengages to giant puffballs, in the final instalment of a beginner’s guide to foraging, our friends at tackle the task of foraging for fruits, nuts and fungi. Read more

What post-Covid communities could look like, if enough of us want it

Dave Darby of | 12-Jul-2020 | 7

Here’s a little story for anyone who’s noticed that things aren’t going too well in our communities. Small businesses are going under, unemployment is on the rise and money’s becoming scarce. Read more

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 3: foraging on the coast

Sarah Young of | 08-Jul-2020 | 1

Part 3 of the beginner’s guide to foraging introduces us to foraging on the coast, covering everything from marsh samphire to mussels and much more in between. Read more

Mutual credit and economic crashes: interview with Laurence Anderson of Tradeswap, Australia

Laurence Anderson of Tradeswap | 05-Jul-2020 | 0

Today I’m interviewing Laurence Anderson of Tradeswap – a mutual credit network in Australia. I’m very interested in what you’re up to Laurence, because as you know, a group of us are trying to set up mutual credit networks in the UK, with a view to building a global credit commons. Read more

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 2: common edible weeds and wild plants

Sarah Young of | 01-Jul-2020 | 1

In Part 2 of a beginner’s guide to foraging from our friends at, we learn which common edible weeds and wild plants can make their way to our plates. Read more

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