By John Jopling. Given the number and nature of the global problems facing humanity today, not least climate change, I believe that human kind’s most crucial need now is to have the capacity to “operate effectively at the world level”. My starting point is that we do not at present have this capacity. I want to suggest how we might acquire it.
This article by Mark Blyth and Erik Lonergan in the latest Foreign Affairs issue makes the case that central banks should issue money directly to citizens as a countermeasure whenever there is a threat of recession.
It echoes arguments that many Feasta members have been making for some time. See for example Richard Douthwaite’s 2011 article “Deficit Easing: and alternative to severe austerity programmes in the Eurozone”. The FAQs at the end of Richard’s article are particularly helpful as he succinctly explains why inflation should not be considered a significant threat in the current economic context.
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The Savory Institute has strong ties with Feasta: Allan Savory delivered the Feasta annual lecture in 2009. Partly as a result of this and of Richard Douthwaite’s subsequent recommendation, he went on to win the Buckminster Fuller award in 2010.
Dynamic experts in the fields of soil science, climate change, permaculture, range science, local food movement, human health, conservation biology and alternative finance will present their views at this conference. These world renowned experts include Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust, celebrity farmer Joel Salatin, world-renowned permaculture consultant Darren Doherty, and soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham, and author
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- Chris Kerston on The Savory Institute conference on grassland management (Part 2): report by Martin Peck
- NickB on The Savory Institute conference on grassland management (Part 1): report by Nick Bardsley
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Michael Layden and Emer O'Siochru had a discussion about the Irish Department of Agriculture's recent document "Food Harvest 2020" - described by Michael as 'surreal' - which you can read here.
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A one day introductory workshop hosted by Davie Philip of Cultivate and Bruce Darrell of Feasta, both based at Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Using an active learning approach this workshop will give an introduction to permaculture design principles and outline how they can be applied to your own life and work.
Cultivate, WeCreate Workspace and the P2P Foundation are delighted to host Open Everything, a series of events that will bring together cooperative advocates, community activists, and commons animators to share perspectives and ideas on the question,“How can a commons-based collaborative economy strengthen the resilience of our communities?”. From September 10th-14th in Dublin, Limerick and Cloughjordan. See http://www.openeverything.ie for full details.