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    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

    How the Open Food Network helps local food producers: interview with Lynne Davis (Part 1)

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org / NonCorporate.org interviews Lynne Davis of the Open Food Network as part of a series of interviews with people building the new economy. Here’s the transcript of the interview, plus the video (below). Read more

    Can elections really change anything?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 17-Nov-2019 | 21

    Can elections really change anything? Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org shares his views on the question in the run-up to the general election. Read more

    How the REA / Value Flows model can change the world: Lynn Foster of Mikorizal (Part 2)

    Lynn Foster of Mikorizal | 10-Nov-2019 | 0

    Here’s the second part of our interview with Lynn Foster of Mikorizal and the Value Flows model. Part 1 is here. Read more

    Understanding the REA / Value Flows model: Lynn Foster of Mikorizal (Part 1)

    Lynn Foster of Mikorizal | 27-Oct-2019 | 3

    Today Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org / NonCorporate.org is talking with Lynn Foster of Mikorizal and the Value Flows model. We’ve heard some very good things about her work, together with her partner, Bob Haugen. Read more

    We’re on the Extinction Rebellion main stage in central London on Thursday afternoon

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 06-Oct-2019 | 3

    I’m excited to report that we’ve been given an hour on the main stage at Extinction Rebellion in the Mall on Thursday afternoon from 2pm. When I say ‘we’, it will be me and Oliver Sylvester-Bradley of the Open Co-op – we’ll speak for 10 minutes each, then take questions for 40 minutes. We’ll be… Continue reading We’re on the Extinction Rebellion main stage in central London on Thursday afternoon Read more

    Does anybody fancy a free, one-day course on the viable system model (VSM)?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 22-Sep-2019 | 6

    I recently interviewed Trevor Hilder, a specialist in the viable system model. I’ve been interested in it for a while, since I heard from credible sources that it could be a valuable tool for building the new economy. Read more

    The difference between the co-operative movement in the UK and the US: Cath Muller of Radical Routes

    Cath Muller of Radical Routes | 25-Aug-2019 | 2

    This is the second part of an interview with Cath Muller of Radical Routes (here’s the first part). Cath hitch-hiked across the Atlantic on a sailing boat, to visit co-operatives in the States. I talked with her about the differences between co-ops over there and in the UK. Read more

    The elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe.

    Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg | 18-Aug-2019 | 5

    Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg and Small Farm Future shares his thoughts as to why the elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe. It’s over to Chris from here… Read more

    Networking small businesses and co-ops to replace corporations: Micky Metts on the new economy

    Micky Metts of Agaric | 11-Aug-2019 | 2

    This is part 2 of a conversation with Micky Metts of Agaric – a co-op in Boston, Massachusetts that provides online tools for other co-ops. Part 1 is here. I told Micky about some of the meetings and discussions we’ve been having in the UK with people working to build ‘new economy’ infrastructure, like community… Continue reading Networking small businesses and co-ops to replace corporations: Micky Metts on the new economy Read more

    What’s the difference between capitalism and a free market?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Aug-2019 | 8

    People usually conflate the two, but I want to try to persuade (mainly the right) that capitalism is nothing like a free market, and (mainly the left) that there’s nothing wrong with a truly free market. Read more

    How to build a global, moneyless, interest-free trading system: Matthew Slater of the Credit Commons Collective

    Today I’m talking with Matthew Slater, author of the Credit Commons white paper – an idea to link together mutual credit schemes anywhere in the world to create a global, moneyless trading system. Read more

    A strategy for challenging the giant corporate platforms: Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation

    We talk about a strategy for challenging the giant corporate platforms in Part 2 of an interview with Duncan McCann, who’s working on a platform co-op alternative to Über in Brighton. Read more

    Building the open web: an interview with Micky Metts of Agaric

    Micky Metts of Agaric | 07-Jul-2019 | 0

    Dave Darby interviews Micky Metts of Agaric, based in Boston, Massachusetts, who is active in both the co-operative and free/open source movements. Read more

    Come to our public event on the Open Credit Network, July 18th, London

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-Jun-2019 | 3

    As you know if you follow this blog, Lowimpact.org and the Open Co-op have partnered up to build a mutual credit network for the UK, the Open Credit Network (OCN), and that we have people on board who are working to develop the ‘credit commons’ – a way of linking together mutual credit schemes anywhere… Continue reading Come to our public event on the Open Credit Network, July 18th, London Read more

    Decentralised collaboration, Paul Mason and more: see you at OPEN 2019 next week?

    We hear from Oliver Sylvester-Bradley about exciting opportunities to collaborate at the OPEN 2019 Community Gathering, taking place in London next week. Read more

    Reflections on the CTRLshift gathering – an emergency summit for change

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 16-Jun-2019 | 0

    The stated aim of the annual CTRLshift gathering (that took place in Stoke-on-Trent recently) is to bring key people together to talk about practical steps to help shift power away from central government and multinational corporations, to communities and individuals. Well, you had me at ‘decentralisation’, so I went along. Read more

    Community Wealth Building: Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation

    Dave Darby explores the ‘Preston Model’ and Community Wealth Building in an interview with Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation. Read more

    Introducing One Planet Cities: sustaining humanity within planetary limits

    David Thorpe of One Planet Life | 22-May-2019 | 12

    David Thorpe of One Planet Life shares the ideas and aspirations behind his new book One Planet Cities, outlining his vision for sustainable urban communities. Read more

    Revisioning postcapitalism: 10 questions for Paul Mason’s ‘clear bright future’

    Eloise Sentito of These Isles | 19-May-2019 | 2

    Eloïse Sentito of These Isles pens an open letter to Paul Mason, in which she poses 10 questions arising from his book ‘Postcapitalism: a Guide to our Future’, that she hopes will be addressed in his new book ‘Clear Bright Future’. Read more

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