Jul 26, 2014 No Comments
Former Feasta intern Erik Jan van Oosten argues that the community energy paper (CEPPP) which was recently produced by a group of 18 Irish organisations including Feasta is an important step forward but that there are nuances and aspects that deserve further attention. In this first of three articles he discusses the societal aspects of energy production: who should have the ownership and control?
Jul 10, 2014 No Comments
One way to identify what you want to promote is to specify what you want to dissociate from. That’s the Deprecated Domain. And it’s OK to progressively withdraw from it. In the latest in a series of related articles on the Feasta blog Graham Barnes makes a case for doing just that with the mainstream financial system. @GrahamJBarnes
Jun 22, 2014 No Comments
There’s been considerable discussion in Ireland lately of the benefits of community-owned renewable power. Earlier this week Paul Kenny described the situation in Denmark in glowing terms in the Irish Journal. This panel from Richard Douthwaite’s 1996 book Short Circuit identifies the roots of the community wind energy movement in Denmark. Lessons for elsewhere, perhaps?
Jun 03, 2014 1 Comment
Brian Davey presents evidence that the peaking of conventional ‘legacy’ oil production back in 2005, and its subsequent decline, is inexorably leading to a transfer of resources from discretionary consumption to investment in energy infrastructure throughout the industrialised world. He believes that there is no way out of the Catch 22 within the growth economy model and that this is why de-growth is needed.
May 27, 2014 No Comments
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May 14, 2014 No Comments
Interest-free banking, such as that carried out by the JAK banks in Scandinavia, has been attracting considerable attention lately. But does it really matter whether a bank charges interest or not? After all, every bank has to charge for its services or it won’t stay in business. This article by Richard Douthwaite and John Jopling from the second Feasta Review discusses the issue.
May 06, 2014 1 Comment
Apr 26, 2014 10 Comments
In this excerpt from his book Failed Faith, Brian Davey examines the true nature of service-based work, which accounts now for about half of the world’s employment. He describes the problems inherent to work in which appearances frequently count for more than actually getting on with the job, placing these issues in the broader context of the extreme instability of the world economy.
Apr 14, 2014 No Comments
We find the latest IPCC report’s emphasis on climate as a “global commons problem” helpful and constructive. However, the economy must break its dependency on GDP growth in order to achieve emissions reduction without economic collapse. Fortunately the potential exists for significant co-benefits from climate mitigation, including poverty alleviation and reduced inequality. Grassroots legal action could help give teeth to the international institutions needed for cooperation.