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    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

    Top tips for tiny home living in a small timber building

    Gary Parker of Loosehanger Oak | 14-Aug-2019 | 3

    Are you keen to downsize and downshift? Chris from Loosehanger Oak shares his top tips for tiny home living in a small timber building. 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

    Shou sugi ban: preserving wood using fire with Ziggy of The Year of Mud

    Ziggy Liloia of The Year of Mud in Kentucky, USA, shares his how-to guide for shou sugi ban, preserving wood using fire as practised in traditional Japanese timber building. It’s a thing of beauty! Read more

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

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Aug-2019 | 6

    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

    Making an oak swill with basket maker Owen Jones

    Ruby Taylor of Native Hands | 31-Jul-2019 | 0

    We hear from Ruby Taylor of Native Hands about her recent trip to the Lake District, learning how to craft an oak swill with basket maker Owen Jones. 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

    Biochar on trial: what scientific research tells us so far

    Working wonders or potentially harmful? Dr Andrew Rollinson examines the scientific research surrounding biochar to date, including his own personal experiments. Read more

    Alternatives to single-use plastic in mushroom growing

    Benedict Noel of The Mushroom Guide shares his tried and tested alternatives to single use plastic in mushroom growing. Read more

    Out of Eden: how you can get involved in a neolithic farm experiment in Wales

    Dr Kevin Blockley shares how the Out of Eden project is creating a unique educational experience that immerses us in the hunter gathering world of our ancestors and our first experiments in farming. Read more

    The Mushroom Guide Part 9: working with agar cultures

    A jellylike substance derived from seaweed, Benedict Noel sets out the role of agar cultures in Part 9 of his Mushroom Guide. 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

    The Wool Journey Part 16 and postscript: labelling yarn

    Sue Blacker takes us on a final tour of The Natural Fibre Company’s spinning mill to learn all about labelling yarn. Turns out there’s plenty to it! 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

    The Mushroom Guide Part 8: working with liquid mushroom cultures

    We learn how to work with liquid mushroom cultures as The Mushroom Guide with Benedict Noel continues. Read more

    Getting started with fishing for food: Part 2 – When and where?

    Jessie Watson Brown of | 02-Jul-2019 | 0

    Ever fancied fishing for your supper but don’t know where to begin? In Part 2 of her Fishing for Food series, Jessie Watson Brown chats with Charlie Loram about the when and where of starting fishing. Read more

    Will Facebook’s Libra coin conquer the world?

    In the wake of Facebook’s recent announcement, community currency engineer Matthew Slater asks if Libra coin is poised to conquer the world. Read more

    The Wool Journey Part 15: the final wool yarn package and packaging

    The yarn is ready to package up at The Natural Fibre Company’s spinning mill, as Sue Blacker shares the final leg of The Wool Journey. Read more

    Joining the dots of the climate crisis with Matthew Slater

    Community currency engineer Matthew Slater shares his latest thoughts, joining the dots on the current climate crisis and what the near future may hold for human civilisation. 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

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