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    Who runs the world?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 12-Jun-2014 | 0

    It’s widely believed that we have democracies in the West. We’d like that to be the case, but it’s not – because ultimate power is corporate, not political. By ultimate power, we mean the ability to control the direction in which humanity moves. Read more

    Ethical investments in renewable energy – you can make it happen

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 07-Jun-2014 | 0

    A quick update on Sharenergy-supported projects and share offers. Firstly some great news – the first wind turbine supported by Sharenergy is now up and running in Dingwall Read more

    BBC: ‘Only by increasing productivity can we improve the quality of our lives’. Do you agree?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 30-May-2014 | 0

    It’s a quote from an economist invited in to comment about the UK economy on the BBC World Service earlier this week (it doesn’t matter who – this is a point that virtually all economists agree on, to the shame of the discipline). Read more

    It’s not possible to demonise people any more, in the age of the internet

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-May-2014 | 0

    Western populations have to kept in a state of fear, so that weapons corporations can continue to make huge profits. People of America – this is your latest enemy: Read more

    Opportunity for low-impact person in the Loire valley

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 16-May-2014 | 0

    We’ve been approached by a very nice man called Rod Harper, who has never used a computer in his life, and so asked us for help in finding someone to rent his property in the Loire Valley. Read more

    Could you explain Mercantilism, if you were asked?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 02-May-2014 | 0

    If you were asked, could you describe Mercantilism? I dare say you could have a good go at Capitalism and Feudalism. But Mercantilism? And is it worth finding out? I think it is, because it tells us a lot about the system we live under now Read more

    Can we have multinational corporations and democracy?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 20-Apr-2014 | 0

    Up until this moment in human history, power has always been abused. By ‘power’ I mean ‘the ability to make decisions that affect the direction in which humanity moves’. Ultimate power in other words, rather than local power. Read more

    How about joining the ‘sea gypsies’?

    Zeyang of Sailing the Farm | 15-Apr-2014 | 0

    The Sea Gypsies at ‘Sailing the Farm’ have been posting about their exploits on our forum for years. We wondered if you’d like to learn about them, and maybe even think about joining them. Sounds like an excellent way to escape the rat-race Read more

    Materialism: how to let go

    Sally Lever is a coach, writer and facilitator on simple, sustainable life and livelihood. Here is a blog from Sally about four mistaken beliefs about materialism, with sustainable replacement beliefs. Read more

    How do you begin with philosophy?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-Mar-2014 | 0

    To get started with philosophy, I think you need three things: a) some idea of where we are – to know what solar systems and galaxies are, and to have a vague idea of how many there are Read more

    The top ten economic growth myths

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 22-Mar-2014 | 0

    Are you tired of the lazy assumption on Newsnight, the Today programme and in the news media that economic growth is what’s required to solve all of our problems? It’s the Holy Grail, that-which-cannot-be-questioned, from Evan Davies to Jeremy Paxman. Read more

    Egni: sustainable investment and clean energy

    Dan McCallum of Awel Co-op | 15-Mar-2014 | 0

    Another great community renewables project. Please pass these on to anyone you think may be looking for an ethical investment that will get more renewable energy into the grid, and start to take control of our electricity supply Read more

    Campaign to develop the Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network in the UK

    Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and the local community, in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. Benefits are enjoyed by both sides Read more

    ‘Breaking the Frame’ gathering & volunteer opportunity

    David King of | 28-Feb-2014 | 0

    Here’s some information on a great gathering happening in Derbyshire in May, and see below for an interesting volunteer opportunity in London to assist in organising the event. Over to David. Read more

    Polish family farms criminalised for local food sales

    Jadwiga & Julian of ICPPC | 18-Feb-2014 | 0

    Dear Friends/Drodzy Przyjaciele, Polish Embassy protest at 2:30 on 20th February. Please circulate! Get your banners together! We hope to see as many of you Read more

    The battle to save Polish small farms from corporations

    Jadwiga & Julian of ICPPC | 06-Feb-2014 | 0

    This is something we really want to support. Corporate land-grabs, supported by subservient governments, are happening the world over, and it’s a disaster for ecology and democracy. Read more

    Free education the low-impact way: welcome to the Happy Pig

    Thomas Smith of the Happy Pig | 04-Feb-2014 | 0

    An Irish permaculture project and gift-based community, has launched an all-or-nothing crowdfunding campaign to renovate an old pig barn – The Happy Pig Read more

    Sneaky marketing: heads-up for anyone with an online presence

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-Jan-2014 | 1

    Here’s the incomparably wonderful Bill Hicks on marketing. If you don’t know him, just put his name into YouTube. You’re in for a treat. Read more

    Why ‘rammed earth’ doesn’t contain cement

    Earth building, including rammed earth building, produces very low carbon emissions. However, there is a confusion between rammed earth – a mix of clay, sand and stones – and dry-pack concrete, too often called ‘stabilised rammed earth’. Read more

    Re-skilling vs distributism: how to turn ‘do-it-yourself’ into small businesses

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 15-Jan-2014 | 0

    Hi all, Lowimpact.org has been all about re-skilling since we started in 2001, and we’ve gained a big audience through that. I was sitting on a bus in London last year, looking down at people in the street in Brixton Read more

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