• home
  • posts
  • category
  • system change
  • Info, news & debate

    System change posts

    Where does money come from? A bit of history

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 05-Feb-2016 | 7

    Here’s a story. Only a minority understand this story (although I think that minority is growing), which is surprising because it has enormous importance for the way the world works.  Read more

    Review of ‘Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi’ by Mark Boyle – part 2: the role of violence

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 25-Jan-2016 | 36

    This is the second article generated from Mark Boyle’s book Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi. The first was about the ineffectiveness of reformism when faced with corporate capitalism – ‘The Machine’ as he calls it. Read more

    Introducing the ‘How to do it’ conference on how to change the system from grassroots, London, April 9-10

    Roger Hallam of How to Do It | 23-Jan-2016 | 11

    There are many ideas out there on how to change the world – but very few include a strategy for implementing those ideas. Implementation is key. I had a conversation the other day with Roger Hallam, who used to be involved with Radical Routes, has lived in various communities and now Read more

    Live from the Real Farming Conference: Equality in the Countryside – a rural manifesto

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 06-Jan-2016 | 13

    I’m blogging from the Real Farming Conference in Oxford, in Oxford Town Hall. This is the seventh annual conference, set up as a counter to the corporate farming conference running at the university in Oxford. I wasn’t expecting such a huge affair – 850 attendees, with some fantastic sessions. Read more

    Review of ‘Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi’ by Mark Boyle – part 1: reformism and the Transition movement

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 02-Jan-2016 | 28

    This was a very challenging and thought-provoking read. Mark lived without money for three years, and wrote the Moneyless Manifesto, published in 2012. This is his latest book about the corporate ‘Machine’ and appropriate responses to it. Read more

    Slavoj Žižek and why local democracy is not enough when there are big decisions to be made

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 29-Dec-2015 | 0

    Ah, Žižek – he’s so weird, often quite inaccessible and yet so right about almost everything. Below is a video in which he is very accessible, and as usual, right. Read more

    How has the 2008 financial crash affected the wealth of the rich and the poor, and what can we do about it?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-Dec-2015 | 1

    Have we all suffered equally since the crash of 2008? Have we all shared in the austerity? Well, no – the gap between the rich and the poor is widening in the UK, the US and in fact, in the OECD. In the US, Robert Reich reports that 95% of economic gains since 2009 have… Continue reading How has the 2008 financial crash affected the wealth of the rich and the poor, and what can we do about it? Read more

    It’s time to listen to the prophets

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 25-Dec-2015 | 7

    Today, Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of their prophet. We’re not sure of the date of Jesus’s birth or even whether he definitely existed – but that’s not the important point. The important point is his message of anti-imperialism and love. Read more

    Spain’s election means the ‘political landscape has changed forever’? No, not at all

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 21-Dec-2015 | 1

    Yesterday’s general election in Spain ended the domination of Spanish politics by the Popular Party (PP) of the ‘right’ and the Socialist Party of the ‘left’, who between them have formed all the Spanish governments of the last 30 years. Read more

    Take back the city – if you’re not “proud that London is the natural habitat of the billionaire”

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 14-Dec-2015 | 0

    People of Britain, are you proud that your capital city is geared towards attracting billionaires (that’s a quote by Boris Johnson by the way)? Read more

    What might poultry farms and human society look like if chickens and humans weren’t treated as machines to maximise profit?

    Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 10-Dec-2015 | 1

    Making use of biological resources, or renewable resources and services as David Holmgren characterises them, is an important principle of Permaculture Design. ‘Renewable services (or passive functions) are those we gain from plants, animals and living soil and water without them being consumed.’ Read more

    To all environmental groups: lifestyle change isn’t going to be enough to avert ecological catastrophe

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 09-Dec-2015 | 7

    Someone said to me the other day that he associated ‘low-impact’ with lifestyle but not with politics or economics. Someone else asked why we blogged about TTIP, economic growth or system change when we were ‘just’ an environmental organisation. Read more

    Why does Jeremy Hunt want to give junior doctors more work for less money, and can we stop the corporate takeover of the NHS?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 01-Dec-2015 | 0

    The planned strike is off, but we all know that the assault on the NHS will continue. The corporate incursions into the NHS that Hunt and his ilk are encouraging are because of neoliberal ideology, not a desire to provide the best healthcare. Can there be anyone on the left or right who doesn’t appreciate this,… Continue reading Why does Jeremy Hunt want to give junior doctors more work for less money, and can we stop the corporate takeover of the NHS? Read more

    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 | 1

    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

    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 | 8

    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

    Condensed: Paul Mason’s ‘Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future’

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 12-Nov-2015 | 2

    Paul Mason has a book out called Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, and below is a video of a recent public debate at St. Paul’s Cathedral, featuring Mason talking about his book with Ann Pettifor and Phillip Blond. 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

    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

    Rebels vs the Empire: why real life is like Star Wars

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 11-Oct-2015 | 5

    My brother is not politically or philosophically motivated, not particularly well read, and doesn’t keep up with current affairs. Most people are like that. Let’s call them ‘the mainstream’, if that’s not disrespectful. I don’t think it is – he’s my brother, after all. 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.

    Latest Comments

    Stay up to date

    Newsletter sign up is temporarily disabled

    Facebook icon Twitter icon

    All rights reserved © lowimpact 2022