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    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

    Moving towards post-capitalism, or: why I’m working on mutual credit

    Dil Green of Lowimpact.org | 05-May-2019 | 9

    Looking ahead to a future post-capitalism, Dil Green of NonCorporate.org shares how and why he’s working on mutual credit as one of its core pillars. This piece was originally published on the blog ‘Digital Anthropology‘. Read more

    The role of the state and the market in building the new economy: interview with Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper

    Today, we’re talking with Hilary Wainwright – an academic, activist, editor of Red Pepper magazine, and a fellow of the Transnational Institute (TNI). Read more

    A moneyless trading system for the UK: the Open Credit Network launches website and conducts first trades

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 07-Apr-2019 | 5

    Big news as the Open Credit Network launches a website and conducts its first trades, laying the foundations of a moneyless trading system for the UK. Read more

    Free online course: Toward Co-operative Common Wealth MOOC

    Calling all activists, practitioners and policy-makers! We share news of a masterclass in movement building in the form of a massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 25th March 2019. Read more

    Why the future of money is mutual credit (and not Bitcoin): Interview with Thomas H Greco Jr.

    Tom Greco of Beyond Money | 27-Jan-2019 | 18

    Today I’m talking with Thomas Greco, who taught economics, finance and statistics for 14 years at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and is now an activist and consultant working on alternatives to the current money system. He also wrote the End of Money and the Future of Civilisation. I came across this book… Continue reading Why the future of money is mutual credit (and not Bitcoin): Interview with Thomas H Greco Jr. Read more

    What do we do about the coming ecological crash?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 01-Jan-2019 | 7

    So let’s start the year with a bit of optimism. Our last post was about the fact that there is a general lack of understanding of the implications of biodiversity loss, and the contribution of climate change to it. This post is for people who do understand what’s happening to nature, but can see no… Continue reading What do we do about the coming ecological crash? Read more

    We should be much more worried about an ecological crash than a financial crash

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 30-Dec-2018 | 12

    A few years ago, I was having a beer in the bar at King’s Cross narrowboat marina, when someone called Fred asked me what I did. When I said that I worked for an environmental organisation, he came up with a classic line that I’ve quoted many times since. Read more

    The coming crash, and why co-ops are so important: Mark Simmonds of Co-op Culture

    Mark Simmonds of Culture Co-op | 02-Dec-2018 | 2

    Mark Simmonds gave us some free advice that saved us hundreds of pounds when we were setting up as a workers’ co-op. We talk about his work, and get deeper into the philosophy of co-operation.  Read more

    How can permaculture contribute to building a new economy? Conversation with Andy Goldring of the Permaculture Association

    We’re going to be publishing a range of videos of interviews with key people involved in building the new economy – an economy that is democratic, non-extractive and sustainable.  Read more

    How the EU is causing problems for the ‘Preston Model’ of local, non-corporate procurement

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 18-Nov-2018 | 1

    I’ve often suggested that Western states are beginning to resemble an admin department for the corporate sector. Read more

    We’re launching a national mutual credit scheme and here’s why we’d like you to join

    Dil Green of Lowimpact.org | 28-Oct-2018 | 18

    We’re working with other groups, including Open.coop, the Credit Commons Collective and author Tom Greco to build a UK-wide mutual credit network. Read more

    Of watermelons and apples: climate breakdown, growth, trade, state and money (an open letter to George Monbiot)

    Eloise Sentito of These Isles | 25-Oct-2018 | 0

    Dear George, Congratulations on your contribution to the Moral Maze last week – I switched on the radio just as your volley articulating the ideological differentiation between fiscal and legal rationing fairly seared the waves. Read more

    Is the Western mindset the source of our current ecological and social problems?

    Dorian Cavé of IFLAS | 23-Oct-2018 | 20

    What was it about European cultural development that led to the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, capitalism and environmental destruction? Why didn’t it happen in the apparently much more fertile ground of China, India or the Arab world? Read more

    Are you ‘radical’, and if not, why not?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 21-Oct-2018 | 0

    I’m using the original definition of the word, not its bastardisation that over the years has come to be used as a kind of insult in some circles. I’ve been called ‘too radical’, and I want to show why that’s an absurdity. Read more

    Is technology the problem? Conversation with Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan

    Dave King of Breaking the Frame | 14-Oct-2018 | 16

    This is a conversation between Dave Darby of NonCorporate.org and Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan. Dave (K) is opposed to the ‘technocracy’ that he describes as the root cause of environmental destruction and lack of democracy. Read more

    Gross Domestic Problem on World Animal Day with Brian Czech

    Brian Czech of CASSE | 07-Oct-2018 | 1

    Thursday 4th October marked World Animal Day 2018. Here, Brian Czech challenges us to face up to the big-picture, systematic erosion of wild animal welfare in the face of a seemingly continual quest for economic growth. Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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