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

Dec 05, 2016 No Comments 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 No Comments by

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 No Comments by
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 No Comments by
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 by
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 by
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 by
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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Towards climate safety and justice: briefing and discussion about CapGlobalCarbon

Apr 15, 2016 Comments Off on Towards climate safety and justice: briefing and discussion about CapGlobalCarbon
June 8th, 2016, 2-4.30pm, Carmelite Community Center, Dublin. The purpose of this afternoon is to brief attendees on CapGlobalCarbon, set it in a context of the commons and social justice, and to generate ideas about how to implement it.
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What Feasta is doing

Apr 05, 2016 Comments Off on What Feasta is doing
If you'd like to get an overview of Feasta's activities over the past couple of years, please take a look at our latest Annual Report. Whether you are interested in a particular Group, Feasta events or publications or just want to scan out of curiosity, we are sure you will find it interesting.
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Submission to UNFCCC on climate adaptation measures and productivity in agriculture

Mar 12, 2016 Comments Off on Submission to UNFCCC on climate adaptation measures and productivity in agriculture
The Feasta Climate Group, in collaboration with Stop Climate Chaos, argue in this submission that the right to food needs to be at the heart of agricultural policy. Increased productivity is not a valid goal in itself. Emphasis should instead be placed on meeting nutritional needs, agro-ecology, closed-loop agriculture, gender rights and supporting small farmers.
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Video of Anne Ryan speaking at the thinkery “Commons against and beyond capitalism”, along with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis.

Feb 18, 2016 Comments Off on Video of Anne Ryan speaking at the thinkery “Commons against and beyond capitalism”, along with Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis.
This video is from the afternoon session of a day-long seminar organised in May 2015 by Community Development Journal, University College Cork, UNIDEV and Kimmage Development Studies.
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Extracted – How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet: Review

Jan 16, 2016 Comments Off on Extracted – How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet: Review
Architect and long-time Feasta supporter Sally Starbuck writes "this book demonstrates how all minerals are finite, and the energy demand of their extraction and refinement can only continue to increase, as will their uneven distribution and access."
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The forks in the road after the Paris agreement, by Mike Sandler

Dec 20, 2015 Comments Off on The forks in the road after the Paris agreement, by Mike Sandler
"The only thing missing from the Agreement is who, what, and how," writes Mike Sandler. "Like a zen koan, the Agreement is a riddle that just leads to more questions."
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