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    Review: Julius Nyerere’s ‘Ujamaa’, why a beautiful idea went wrong and how it can be adapted for the 21st century

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 29-Nov-2015 | 5

    This is a book that I discovered in my twenties, and it impressed me so much that I ended up making my way to Tanzania in 1991, and staying for a couple of months on two ujamaa villages. Ujamaa means ‘familyhood’, a concept that Nyerere wanted to extend to encompass the whole of humanity, Read more

    What do you think about about this video by Rob Newman, and what does that say about you?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 25-Nov-2015 | 2

    This is ‘the History of Oil’ by comedian Rob Newman. You might have seen it already, but if not, have a look – it’s very funny, as well as spot-on. He mentions the Radio 4 news item – that there was ‘an American plan to bring democracy to the Middle East’, and marvels at the… Continue reading What do you think about about this video by Rob Newman, and what does that say about you? Read more

    Free event in Oxfordshire this Sunday using game theory to explore Trident and the potential for nuclear conflict

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 19-Nov-2015 | 2

    An experimental day looking at aspects of game theory in parallel with discussions around the replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent. Read more

    The Yamagishi Association: successful, moneyless, leaderless network of communes in Japan and elsewhere

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 17-Nov-2015 | 9

    In the 1990s I visited the headquarters of the Yamagishi Association in Mie-ken in Japan. It’s a federation of intentional communities that is still going strong – but even then it comprised 3000 people in 30 villages all over Japan Read more

    Should the international response to mass killings be the same, regardless of where they take place?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 15-Nov-2015 | 4

    I’m guessing that most people’s answer to this question is a resounding ‘yes’. There are no countries, surely, whose citizens are more important than the citizens of any other country? Read more

    Why do giant corporations pretend to be small, local, craft businesses?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 09-Nov-2015 | 1

    Jack Daniel’s is a classic example of this. You must have seen their ads – on posters, in magazines, on TV? The ones where they try to disguise a massive corporate behemoth as a folksy, friendly, small, local business? Old men in dungarees play cards on upturned barrels Read more

    Global Redesign Initiative: how banks and corporations are planning to become global governors

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Nov-2015 | 2

    This report is really something that everyone in the world should understand, because it spells out precisely what the corporate sector intends to do.  Read more

    ‘The Tyranny of Structurelessness’: some thoughts

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 24-Oct-2015 | 0

    The Tyranny of Structurelessness is a seminal essay by Joreen Freeman (above), written in 1970. I read it for the first time recently, but I’ve known about it for many years, and in fact, I lived in an intentional community where it was regularly mentioned, and at least some of us lived by its main… Continue reading ‘The Tyranny of Structurelessness’: some thoughts Read more

    Why international investors (i.e. ‘the 1%’) couldn’t care less about politics

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 22-Oct-2015 | 0

    Bloomberg recently covered a Credit Suisse report on the concerns of international investors in the US, in Europe and in Asia. What they found was very interesting – that their concerns were entirely economic. They just couldn’t care less about politics – and especially who gets elected in which country. Read more

    Class War vs Cereal Killer: is this the way to promote anarchism?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 29-Sep-2015 | 19

    You must know by now about Class War‘s ‘attack’ on hipster cereal cafe ‘Cereal Killer‘. It wasn’t much of an attack, to be honest – no-one was hurt and they were open again the next day. But were they right to target Cereal Killer in their anger about the gentrification of Shoreditch? Read more

    If Corbyn became PM, what would he really be able to achieve in this system?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-Sep-2015 | 2

    First, to reiterate something that has been pointed out on this site many times – the corporate empire is global and governments are national, and that fact alone means that national governments are in no position to challenge the corporate sector. Read more

    What were your ‘light bulb moments’ in understanding the way the world works? Here are mine

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 21-Aug-2015 | 2

    Here’s a rash statement, but I believe it to be true. Most people these days know, either rationally or intuitively, that humanity is heading in the wrong direction. If you ask people whether we’ve seen the back of ecological calamaties, financial collapses, corruption, poverty or war Read more

    How to answer the question: ‘if you don’t like this system, what do you want to replace it with?’ – aka a review of The Democracy Project by David Graeber

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 30-Jul-2015 | 5

    Graeber was a leading light in the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the book begins with a fascinating insider’s view of the goings-on in and around Zucotti Park in 2011. The most important point in the book for me though was the reminder that people always want a blueprint for a new society Read more

    Good luck to Greece, and why you won’t find the real reasons for their crisis in the mainstream media

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 06-Jul-2015 | 21

    It’s so ironic that the biggest lesson in how to destroy democracy is being delivered to the world in the birthplace of democracy. Read more

    Why I’d like to bring together radical academics and people building a sustainable, non-corporate system on the ground

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 05-Jul-2015 | 3

    I’m going to the Breaking the Frame gathering on Thursday, representing Lowimpact.org. The event has been organised by Corporate Watch, Scientists for Global Responsibility, Rising Tide and Luddites200. Dave King of Luddites200 contacted a couple of years ago and I’ve been going along to his ‘politics of technology’ reading group one evening a month since. Read more

    Fermi’s paradox: does the lack of contact from extraterrestrials have implications for human survival?

    Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 22-Jun-2015 | 1

    “Where is everybody?” Enrico Fermi is supposed to have asked in 1950 of his colleagues at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Working from first principles, Fermi calculated that extraterrestrials should have visited the Earth long ago, and many times over Read more

    So do MPs deserve a 10% pay rise to £74,000 per annum?

    Peter Richardson of | 09-Jun-2015 | 1

    There is an argument [see the Guardian, for example] currently going on about whether Westminster MPs deserve the 10% pay rise that they’ve been awarded, bringing a back-bencher’s salary up to £74,000. Read more

    How would you rank these in order of importance: truth, happiness, justice, freedom?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 01-Jun-2015 | 1

    It’s the next readers’ question in Philosophy Now magazine (much recommended, by the way), and when I saw it yesterday, I had a very strong reaction to it that has big implications for Lowimpact’s position on sustainability and democracy Read more

    Do you understand the term ‘exponential function’ and how dangerous it is? We think everyone should

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-May-2015 | 0

    The exponential function is a very surprising (and potentially dangerous) thing. An exponential growth curve looks like this: Read more

    Invitation to join us at Breaking the Frame gathering in Derbyshire in July

    David King of | 22-May-2015 | 0

    NB: Dave from Lowimpact.org will be giving a talk about the Ujamaa2 idea on the Saturday afternoon, and the whole event will bring together people from various parts of the ‘alternative technology’ field Read more

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