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2016 Annual Report

Mar 20, 2017 No Comments by
Our latest Annual Report is online now. It includes updates on our projects, events, publications, submissions and other activities in 2016. (PDF format, 2.7 MB)
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Entrepreneurship in the social and solidarity economy

Mar 08, 2017 No Comments by
In this chapter of Credo, Brian Davey describes how co-operatives employ more people than multinationals and provide services to 3 billion people weekly. They also tend to last longer than other forms of enterprise. While not perfect, their existence is a clear challenge to authoritarianism and they have been considered a dangerous threat by dictators over the past century.
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The Music of Narcissus

Mar 01, 2017 No Comments by
"Ordinary history had an idle elite dependent on the rest. The brief oil perversity has the rest dependent on an idle elite" writes Patrick Noble in this extract from his book, Towards a Convivial Economy. "We can evacuate most of what the oil enclosure provides and begin step by step to make things and grow things without oil."
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Entrepreneurship – the narrative of creative destruction

Feb 14, 2017 No Comments by
In this chapter from Credo, Brian Davey argues that the role of the entrepreneur changes over time and that, at their most powerful, they seek to co-opt officials and politicians for their agendas. Management can be exercised through over centralised control freakery or via distributed decision-making systems. Many entrepreneurs and managers are psychopaths, and criminals are entrepreneurs too. In the modern world, control fraud i.e. looting your own company is not uncommon.
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End of the “Oilocene”: The Demise of the Global Oil Industry and of the Global Economic System as we know it.

Jan 22, 2017 9 Comments by
Tim Clarke draws on recent research on fossil fuel extraction to argue that the global oil industry in deep trouble. Since oil plays such a key role in the world economy, since 2008 any semblance of economic growth has been fuelled by astronomically greater quantities of debt . The challenge Ireland and other countries will soon face is managing a fast economic and energy contraction and implementing sustainability on a massive scale whilst maintaining social cohesion.
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World Basic Income conference, Manchester, February 4 2017

Jan 20, 2017 Comments Off on World Basic Income conference, Manchester, February 4 2017 by

The world’s first conference on world basic income will be held in Manchester (UK) on 4th February 2017. The event will explore a new practical solution to global inequality and poverty. Feasta’s Caroline Whyte, who is involved in the CapGlobalCarbon campaign, will be on a conference panel discussing practicalities.

The organisers write:

“To find out more about the proposal for worldwide basic income, please see WBI’s website at

With speakers from a wide range of disciplines and organisations including The Guardian, BIEN, Share The World’s Resources, CapGlobalCarbon, Manchester Migrant Solidarity, national basic income movements, political parties and universities, the …

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Water Commoning – Extending the public debate about water policy in Ireland

Dec 05, 2016 Comments Off on Water Commoning – Extending the public debate about water policy in Ireland by
Feasta's new Water Commoning Group aims to extend the debate about water policy in Ireland and to establish water commoning as something worthy of serious and critical consideration.
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Thoughts on the COP-22 climate conference

Nov 24, 2016 Comments Off on Thoughts on the COP-22 climate conference

Feasta member Sadhbh O’Neill attended the second week of COP-22 in Marrakesh. You can read her thoughts about it here .…

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Creating More Elbow Room

Nov 15, 2016 Comments Off on Creating More Elbow Room
To mark the fifth anniversary of Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite's death, and in light of current world events, we're featuring this chapter from his book Short Circuit, which is perhaps even more relevant today than it was back in 1996. It discusses the pernicious effects of world trade at present and the need to move towards a more human economy, and then describes three new approaches that could be taken.
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Conference on Basic Income, November 22 2016

Nov 07, 2016 Comments Off on Conference on Basic Income, November 22 2016
Social Justice Ireland’s Annual Social Policy Conference 2016 will focus on Basic Income, the theory behind it, and how it can be applied in practice. Themes will include "Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities – The role of Basic Income", "Basic Income in Practice – International experience", and "Basic Income in Ireland – Options for implementation". Speakers will include Ville-Veikko Pulkka of Finland and Sjir Hoeijmakers of the Netherlands, as well as Feasta trustee Michelle Murphy.
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The Oracle of Oil: Review

Oct 06, 2016 1 Comment
M King Hubbert, known as 'the father of peak oil,' was one of the first to question unlimited economic growth. "In his life and career you find the seeds of major environmental, socioeconomic and political challenges which we are still confronted with today, and which still need solving," writes Jacqueline Mathewes in this review of Mason Inman's biography.
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Cultivating Hope, Managing Despair: Responding Positively to the Challenge of Climate Change and the Environmental & Economic Crises We Face

Sep 30, 2016 Comments Off on Cultivating Hope, Managing Despair: Responding Positively to the Challenge of Climate Change and the Environmental & Economic Crises We Face
A workshop faciliated by John Sharry and John Gibbons, Thursday 27th October 2.00 – 4:30pm VENUE: Tailors Hall Christchurch, Dublin 8,
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Inequality, epidemiology and economics

May 05, 2016 Comments Off on Inequality, epidemiology and economics
In chapter 13 of his book Credo, Brian Davey points out that public health is an alternative indicator of well-being and is strongly correlated to levels of equality or inequality. Greater equality means greater well-being for everyone and a smaller need for the state – yet inequality has been increasing dramatically.
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