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Finance for future communities: equity partnerships and investment unions

Sep 10, 2011 Comments Off on Finance for future communities: equity partnerships and investment unions
This week we are featuring two articles from Fleeing Vesuvius which explore ethical, equitable approaches to finance. Tim Helweg-Larsen describes his recent attempt to establish an equity partnership in North Wales and Oscar Kjellberg draws on the example of Mondragon in order to examine the role which community bankers could perform as intermediaries between local stakeholders in the future.
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Definancialisation, deglobalisation and relocalisation

Sep 02, 2011 Comments Off on Definancialisation, deglobalisation and relocalisation
by Dmitry Orlov, from Fleeing Vesuvius. Countries' current attempts to recover from their difficulties are driving up oil prices. Orlov believes that the world economy will be unable to cope and will collapse, just as it did in 2008. Future attempts at recovery will also fail. He argues that anyone who recognises this should spend whatever money they have engaging with their neighbours and the land in new ways so that they stand a chance of saving something for themselves and their children.
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Health and biodiversity

Aug 30, 2011 Comments Off on Health and biodiversity
by Elizabeth Cullen. All of our food and many important medicines derive from our biodiversity. Our psychological and spiritual well being is enhanced by the joy and private moments of wonder in contemplation of the natural world. How can our way of life be changed so as to enhance our life giving and life affirming biodiversity, rather than undermine it?
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Danger ahead: prioritising risk avoidance in political and economic decision-making

Aug 25, 2011 Comments Off on Danger ahead: prioritising risk avoidance in political and economic decision-making
In this week's excerpt from Fleeing Vesuvius, Brian Davey argues that since the financial and political components of the present system have now discredited themselves, a fluid situation exists that might allow more viable options to emerge. Local green initiatives, in particular the Transition Towns movement, are gaining in strength and number(s), but do they have the potential to develop the capacity needed at a national level to transform societies' energy and transport infrastructures?
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Energy and water: the real blue-chips

Aug 20, 2011 Comments Off on Energy and water: the real blue-chips
In this week's Fleeing Vesuvius article, Nate Hagens and Kenneth Mulder explain why today’s prices and costs provide a very bad basis for making investment decisions. They reflect temporary relative market scarcities rather than long-run underlying physical ones. The world needs to abandon money as its measure when determining energy and economic policy if it is to invest its scarcest, most limiting resources in the best possible way.
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Transition thinking – The Good Life 2.0

Aug 10, 2011 Comments Off on Transition thinking – The Good Life 2.0
In this week's article from Fleeing Vesuvius, Davie Philip argues that we need to make an evolutionary leap in the way we do things if we are to make a controlled, planned transition to a post-industrial, low-carbon society. The initiatives developed by the nascent Transition Towns movement suggest that we are up to the challenge, and provide a model for how the more resilient communities needed for the future might be built.
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The supply of money in an energy-scarce world

Aug 04, 2011 Comments Off on The supply of money in an energy-scarce world
by Richard Douthwaite, from Fleeing Vesuvius. At present, many over-indebted countries are in a quandary — they cannot preserve both their banking systems and their currency's value. This conflict has come about because of the relationship between money and energy supply. To prevent it arising in future, money needs to be issued in new, non-debt ways.
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Helping to regenerate: overcoming conflicts of interest in property development

Jul 29, 2011 1 Comment
The conventional way of financing property development entangles those involved in a web of debt and conflicting business interests. This week we are featuring two articles from Fleeing Vesuvius which describe a new way of organising developments that promises better buildings, more affordable rents and a stake in the outcome for everyone. Chris Cook provides an overview of this new approach and James Pike gives examples of how it could work to rescue building projects hit by the downturn in Ireland.
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Cap & Share: simple is beautiful

Jul 22, 2011 Comments Off on Cap & Share: simple is beautiful
In this week's article from Fleeing Vesuvius, Laurence Matthews discusses Cap & Share: a fair, effective, cheap, empowering and simple way to reduce emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. It could form the basis of a wider global climate framework but how realistic is it to call for its introduction?
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Turning the land from an emissions source to a carbon sink

Jul 13, 2011 Comments Off on Turning the land from an emissions source to a carbon sink
By Corinna Byrne, from Fleeing Vesuvius. Farming and other land-based activities could do a lot to mitigate global warming. Ireland needs new policies to get its land to absorb CO2 rather than release it. The large amounts of carbon locked up in the country’s peatlands must be safeguarded and damaged bogs restored so that they can sequester carbon again. In addition, the use of biochar could reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions and build up the fertility and carbon content of the soil.
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Volunteers found to dig out embarrassing data

Jul 11, 2011 Comments Off on Volunteers found to dig out embarrassing data
In response to an appeal on this website, two people, Ciaran Mulloy and Ruth Barrett, have volunteered to work together for the next two or three weeks digging out data for a National Welfare Index which will show the extent to which Ireland's national well-being is being affected by government policies. The data will be processed by another Feasta member, Hans Diefenbacher, who has already prepared a similar index for Germany. The results will appear early next year.
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Collapse or no collapse: we need to respect to survive

Jul 09, 2011 Comments Off on Collapse or no collapse: we need to respect to survive
In this week's chapter from Fleeing Vesuvius, Lucy McAndrew argues that respect for ourselves, for others and for nature is fundamental to survival because it is what gives us a sense of our place in the world and, when we lose that, we float free of the very network of relationships that sustains us.
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Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Review

Jul 04, 2011 Comments Off on Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Review
by John Jopling. A good test of the usefulness of an academic book is: has it helped us to think differently? This book seeks to do precisely that: it seeks to persuade the reader to think differently about climate governance. In my case it has succeeded.
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