“We need to talk about steady state economies”: workshop with Anne Ryan in Belfast

Feasta’s Anne Ryan gave a workshop on steady state economies in Belfast on August 7, as part of Tools for Solidarity’s 35th birthday celebrations.

This workshop introduced the concepts of degrowth and steady state, along with practical policies that could help us get there, such as basic income, fossil-fuel cap and share, money as a public resource and land-value taxes. The format was highly participative and elicited discussion and contributions from the participants.

You can read more about it on the Tools for Solidarity website here. …

Potential of inland waterway transport for freight

A new report on inland waterway transport, published by Greening the North in the UK, provides a lot of useful information on the potential for canals and other inland waterways to relieve pressure on roads and rail for inland transportation. While the focus is on the UK it gathers data about many countries as well.

Basic income now: a high-leverage system intervention for sanity, humanity and ecology

This paper by Anne Ryan makes the case for basic income as a key policy instrument for addressing our problems, and is an introduction to a series of forthcoming blog posts that will include excerpts from, and up-to-date commentary on, her book Enough is Plenty.