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Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association Public Meeting 2014

Oct 27, 2014 No Comments by
This meeting will take place on November 1st at 14:00, at the Teacher's Club in Parnell Square, Dublin. Topics covered will include " Sustainable Energy and Potential Adverse Health Effects", "Water fluoridation’s association with asthma", "Electromagnetic Radiation and Smart Meters" and "The Ecosystems Approach to Environmental Problems".
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Presentation on intentional currencies and money as a commons, November 14 2014

Oct 15, 2014 No Comments by

Feasta’s Graham Barnes has been asked to present and do a panel session at Open Here in Dublin, on November 14th. Open Here is “a 3-day international festival and conference where online practices such as sharing, peer-production and open source meet real world material economies.” More information is available at http://openhere.data.ie/.…

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Degrowth conference in Leipzig

Aug 28, 2014 No Comments by
Feasta members Willi Kiefel, Seán Conlan and Brian Davey will be attending next week's degrowth conference, which will focus on concrete steps towards a society beyond the imperative of growth. Willi will be presenting a paper that he prepared with Seán on Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite's contribution towards a material degrowth society in Ireland.
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Powerpoint and posters on unconventional gas

Jul 01, 2014 No Comments by
This powerpoint and series of posters were prepared by Brian Davey for Frack Free Notts (an anti-fracking campaign in Nottinghamshire in the UK). They provide a succinct overview of the problems with fracking.
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From our archives: How three families created a movement and boosted an industry

Jun 22, 2014 No Comments by
There's been considerable discussion in Ireland lately of the benefits of community-owned renewable power. Earlier this week Paul Kenny described the situation in Denmark in glowing terms in the Irish Journal. This panel from Richard Douthwaite's 1996 book Short Circuit identifies the roots of the community wind energy movement in Denmark. Lessons for elsewhere, perhaps?
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Powerpoint slides now available from Mary Mellor’s talk “Creating and Directing Public Money”

May 27, 2014 No Comments by
This lecture given in Dublin in April explored our current predicament from the perspective of what Mary Mellor calls 'handbag economics'; how it rationalises unnecessary austerity and emphasises scarcity. Can a sufficiency economy develop on the back of monetary reform?
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From our archives: why interest-free banking matters

May 14, 2014 No Comments by
Interest-free banking, such as that carried out by the JAK banks in Scandinavia, has been attracting considerable attention lately. But does it really matter whether a bank charges interest or not? After all, every bank has to charge for its services or it won't stay in business. This article by Richard Douthwaite and John Jopling from the second Feasta Review discusses the issue.
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Press release: Feasta climate group response to the Working Group 3 contribution to the IPCC’s fifth assessment report

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments
We find the latest IPCC report's emphasis on climate as a "global commons problem" helpful and constructive. However, the economy must break its dependency on GDP growth in order to achieve emissions reduction without economic collapse. Fortunately the potential exists for significant co-benefits from climate mitigation, including poverty alleviation and reduced inequality. Grassroots legal action could help give teeth to the international institutions needed for cooperation.
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FEASTA Guest Lecture & Discussion: Creating & Directing Public Money by Mary Mellor

Apr 07, 2014 No Comments
Friday 25th April 2014, 6pm for 6.30 start at Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Sq. , Dublin. Mary Mellor is Emeritus Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle. One of her primary interests is in developing radical alternative models of money, finance and economic development.
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Foreword from Notes to Nowhere

Apr 02, 2014 No Comments
We live in a uniquely perverse time – and solutions to its uniquely- perverse problems will not be found in extra-ordinary solutions such as austerity. Remedies may be found in simply returning to normal. Moreover, living by ordinary ethics within ordinary laws of physics may reclaim the happiness that comes from living within ordinary human nature. By Patrick Noble.
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Submission to Public Consultation on Development of Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas

Mar 09, 2014 No Comments
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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European Health Futures Forum Webinar: Perspectives on Transforming Education and Healthcare

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments

Sean Conlan has organised a second webinar on transforming education and healthcare which is open to all by invitation. It will take place on Friday 28 February 2014. If you’re interested please register here. A Youtube video of the event will be available to watch after it takes place. …

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Lessons learnt from the not-so-radical Tyndall emissions conference

Feb 22, 2014 No Comments
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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