Submission to Public Consultation on Development of Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas

Mar 09, 2014 No Comments by
This submission was made by Feasta on March 6 to the Irish Department of Agriculture regarding “Sustainable Food Production and Processing” and “Food for Health”. It describes 10 high level goals that we believe can and should be progressed. It goes on to outline the proposed research that would further these goals, and to explain what the expected results would be and how they could be measured.
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Lessons learnt from the not-so-radical Tyndall emissions conference

Feb 22, 2014 No Comments by
Several Feasta climate group members attended the Tyndall Radical Emissions Reduction conference in December 2013. Three of them – Nick Bardsley, Brian Davey and Laurence Matthews – have shared their reactions to the way the conference was organised. You can also download posters that were displayed at the conference by John Jopling, Nick Bardsley and Brian Davey.
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An Ethical Altcoin?

Feb 11, 2014 2 Comments by
For the first time an altcoin, Auroracoin, has designed-in a predistribution (via premining) of currency. This article sets out a draft vision of how an altcoin that is designed to give priority to positive aspects of living neglected by the financialised economy might operate. By Graham Barnes.
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Getting real about regulation – why it won’t make fracking safe

Feb 11, 2014 3 Comments by
The British government has acknowledged the potential harms of fracking for unconventional gas – yet claimed that regulation in Britain is more stringent than in other countries and that it is therefore possible to prevent negative impacts. However in this article Brian Davey argues that in the light of all the evidence the only safe way of managing this issue is to ban fracking altogether as has happened in a number of other countries.
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From Our Archives: The Problem with Economic Growth

Feb 05, 2014 No Comments by
This article, written by Richard Douthwaite in May 1997, outlines some of the basic ideas that led to the founding of Feasta. It’s interesting to note how ahead of his time he was in his criticisms of growth as a measure of progress, many of which are now quite well known. Sadly, the widening inequality he describes and the many problems related to that have only worsened over time.
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Our hope for a community across Europe

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments by
Romanian Feasta members Adela and Dan Fofiu-Sanpetreanu explain how they have migrated from a world of reactionary activism to ‘a world of creative reconstruction, in small pieces, with dear new friends and kind people that prefer a home made jam to a cheap jar that counts thousands of food miles’.
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Over-financialisation – the Casino Metaphor

Jan 15, 2014 5 Comments by
The casino metaphor has been widely used as a part-description of the phenomenon of over-financialisation. It’s a handy pejorative tag but can it give us any real insights? This article by @GrahamJBarnes pursues the metaphor to extremes so that we can file & forget / get back to the football or possibly graduate to next level thinking.
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Margrit Kennedy RIP

Jan 10, 2014 No Comments
It is with deep regret that we learn that Margrit Kennedy passed away on December 28th 2013. Margrit was a leading light in developing alternative approaches to money and currencies and an outspoken critic of the current global economic system.
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Hope in the Face of Disaster – Creating a sustainable, viable, future path for civilisation

Jan 08, 2014 5 Comments
This paper by John Sharry explores the many crises that civilisation and humanity will face over the coming decades some of which are already starting to have an impact. The paper proposes a central cause to these crises and particularly explores the widespread psychological inertia in the face of these vast problems. Some potential constructive choices that individuals, communities and nations could yet make are outlined.
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Press release: Feasta describes Troika exit as “a piece of theatre obscuring our real challenges”

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments
Yesterday’s exit of the troika simply indicates a transfer of Ireland’s allegiance back to the international bond markets, not a restoration of sovereignty. The Irish economy’s profound vulnerability could be addressed via a commons-based financial system and energy independence.
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Legal action in response to coastal flooding

Dec 14, 2013 No Comments
This letter to the Guardian was written by a group of activists including several Feasta members. It advocates legal action by low-lying communities in order to require governments to achieve greenhouse gas emission targets. A new group, the Climate Litigation Network, has been formed to provide support to these vulnerable communities.
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The Unacceptable Impacts of Coal Seam Gas and Shale Gas Extraction

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments
Brian Davey marshals evidence from the USA and Australia in order to make the case against fracking, an industry with a track record of alienating communities and doing a great deal of environmental damage.
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Co-Ops & Credit Unions – A Governance Crisis?

Nov 27, 2013 2 Comments
Just when the implications of ‘over-professionalising’ banking and allowing an overpaid clique of casino-managers to screw up the real economy are becoming clear to the masses, we are being encouraged to think we can’t do without them. If this rearguard action succeeds, the opportunity for innovation – for example in the capital financing of energy projects – will be lost. By Graham Barnes.
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