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    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

    How Charlie and Meg’s self-built, natural home finally received planning permission with the help of the One Planet Council

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 11-Nov-2015 | 0

    You may remember a previous article about Charlie and Meg’s natural home in Pembrokeshire, that the planners decided needed to be bulldozed because it was ‘harmful to the rural character of the locality’. See here. Read more

    The number of people with allergies is rising rapidly; but 10 times as many people believe that they have allergies, when in fact they don’t

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 10-Nov-2015 | 2

    Just heard a Radio 4 programme about allergies, which dovetailed with a lot of our beliefs. Here are the highlights. 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

    SBUK – A new voice for strawbale building in the UK

    Advocates of straw bale building in the UK met on Friday 23rd October 2015, at the SPAB offices in Spitalfields, London, to decide a way forward for the industry in the UK. Read more

    ‘Why?’ does consumer organisation ‘Which?’ support TTIP? (and what you can do about it)

    Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP | 07-Nov-2015 | 2

    Although the UK consumer organisation ‘Which?’ expresses some concerns about TTIP (the US/EU free trade agreement)  the organisation’s main message is that TTIP is likely to be good for consumers as it may possibly mean some lower prices. Read more

    What are we supposed to teach children about nature nowadays, without frightening them?

    Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 06-Nov-2015 | 4

    My little boy Alfred, just turned 6, pays close attention to what he hears. Sometimes this means that we need to be very careful in case he remembers something and then blurts it out in front of just the wrong person. It’s already clear that he’d make an awful spy. Read more

    Here’s why it’s a good idea to plant more willow (just not close to drains)

    Willow is a native UK plant, which grows well in our temperate climate and is very easy to grow from cuttings. There are hundreds of different varieties of willow. Each variety differs in terms of growth rate, colour of stem and leaf shape. 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 does the planning system make it so difficult for people who want to live on the land sustainably?

    Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 02-Nov-2015 | 17

    Being able to go through the process of making a planning application for a low impact development may be a sign that there has been some progress for those of us who have hitherto lived, to paraphrase, as outlaws on the planning frontier. Read more

    How a ‘chicken tractor’ can clear and improve soil, as well as getting rid of pests

    Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 30-Oct-2015 | 1

    My vegetable field has some problems. It’s not that vegetables don’t grow there; over two seasons I’ve had some notable successes, it’s just that there’s verdant weed growth throughout, more slugs than you can shake a stick at, and the soil needs improving Read more

    Starting your own business: how to sell hand-made soaps

    Want to start selling your home-made soap? Katrina McKenzie of Small World Soaps explains how to sell hand-made soaps in the UK and turn your hobby into a business. Read more

    The impossibility of perpetual economic growth in four easy steps

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-Oct-2015 | 3

    Step 1: perpetual material growth in the economy is impossible on a finite planet. 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

    Overview of TTIP, and why Europeans are very unhappy about it

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 20-Oct-2015 | 0

    I don’t know who slipped these anti-TTIP posters onto London Underground trains, but respect to them. If you don’t know about TTIP, here’s some basic information. Read more

    Communities in Scotland may soon be able to purchase land even if the landowner doesn’t want to sell; where do you stand?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 17-Oct-2015 | 18

    There are radical changes on the table when it comes to land ownership in Scotland. The Land Reform Scotland Bill is intended to address the huge disparity in land ownership in Scotland – but there is one clause that is making some people extremely hopeful, and other very worried. Read more

    Brighton’s iconic earthship: appeal for upgrade of energy and water systems

    Earthships are self-contained living vessels that don’t rely on mains water or energy from big companies. Earthships use natural systems to provide all their own utilities — solar energy for heat and power, and rain for water Read more

    The price of the average wedding is now over £20k; how to do it for much less and give the finger to ‘Brides’ magazine

    Flanked by an advert for the Ocean Club honeymoon resort in the Bahamas, with young bride and groom toasting a glass of champagne, Brides – “the UK’s number 1 bridal magazine” announces to its readers that “Planning your wedding starts here” 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

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