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06/2023 posts

Bokashi composting: A beginners guide to slimming down your black bin waste

Jane Perrone of Jane Perrone | 28-Jun-2023 | 2

Bokashi composing could be the answer to kitchen composting. Read more

Conversation with Jem Bendell, part 1: is industrial capitalism coming to an end?

Jem Bendell of JemBendell.com | 25-Jun-2023 | 6

This is the first part of a conversation between Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org and Jem Bendell, professor of sustainability leadership at the University of Cumbria, and author of the now famous 2018 Deep Adaptation paper that claimed that we’re on an inevitable path to civilisational collapse. Read more

Move over #DeFi & #ReFi; hello #CoFi – collaborative finance for the commons

Matthew Slater reports on the first Collaborative Finance Gathering at the Commons Hub, Austria, May 22-28, 2023, where the concept of ‘co-fi’ was born. Read more

Community Orchards – tragedy or victory of the commons?

Community orchards at their best are many things at once: a social space, a coming together of people to work together on a common task; a celebration of the abundant harvest of fruit; a haven for wildlife and a pocket of biodiversity. Read more

Regenerative traditions in Africa: inspiration for the commons everywhere

Building the commons may be hard in wealthier countries, where traditions of mutual aid were lost many years ago. But they’re still alive and well in other parts of the world – as this article by Janet of Grassroots Economics / Sarafu Network shows. I interviewed the director of Grassroots Economics, Shaila Agha, who told me about ‘chamas’ in Kenya – mutual savings groups, built on trusted relationships in local communities. Read more

How sustainable is fashion? Fashion Reimagined: A review

Fashion Reimagined is a documentary film that will make you rethink what can be achieved in sustainable fashion. Read more

If our civilisation were collapsing, would we even know? Review of Jem Bendell’s ‘Breaking Together’

Dr Patrick Smith of Papillon | 04-Jun-2023 | 10

In Breaking Together Bendell argues that the collapse of industrial consumer societies is not just “inevitable” but is in fact already underway. Read more

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