Author Archive

Bruce Darrell – Climate, Energy, Nutrition and the Glorification of Kale; a framework to create regional food security.

Jun 12, 2009 Comments Off on Bruce Darrell – Climate, Energy, Nutrition and the Glorification of Kale; a framework to create regional food security.
Bruce Darrell thinks that a secure food supply is an essential part of the response to the climate, energy, economic and health crises. As state planning for such a supply has been grossly inadequate, he detailed the key actions that we need to take at a personal, community and regional level to compensate.
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Emer O’Siochru – Proximity Principle in Rural Planning and Development; integrating energy, food, soil fertility, carbon mitigation and shelter.

Jun 12, 2009 Comments Off on Emer O’Siochru – Proximity Principle in Rural Planning and Development; integrating energy, food, soil fertility, carbon mitigation and shelter.
Emer O'Siochru believes that the proximity principle has to be turned on its head if communities are to become sustainable. She argued that, instead of bringing similar activities closer together to reap the benefits of scale and agglomeration, different activities should be beside each other to be more energy- and carbon-efficient. She wants new, low-carbon food, energy and shelter production systems to be integrated locally to transform and invigorate rural communities.
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Anne Ryan – Enough is Plenty

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on Anne Ryan – Enough is Plenty
Anne B. Ryan argued that the adoption of a new self-limiting worldview is as crucial as the adoption of new technologies. "We are all born with the capacity for enough and everybody has a part to play in the creation of a culture of enough, as a way to understand the world and to live in it," she says.
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John Sharry – Cultivating Hope and Managing Despair

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on John Sharry – Cultivating Hope and Managing Despair
John Sharry, a family and child psychotherapist, looked at the way communities are responding to the current crises. He drew on modern psychological models of motivation and change, and of how people deal with threat and loss, to suggest strategies which can be used both to help individuals change and to galvanise communities into collective action.
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Davie Philip – Developing a transition mindset

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on Davie Philip – Developing a transition mindset
Davie Philip, coordinator of the Irish Transition Towns network, sees the 'new emergency' as a 'once-in-a-species' opportunity to make a controlled, planned transition to a post-industrial society. He asked whether the Transition Initiatives emerging around the world are up to this challenge and what more this young movement could be doing to facilitate the building of resilient communities.
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The New Emergency Workshop – Developing Appropriate Employment and Skills

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Workshop – Developing Appropriate Employment and Skills
Recording of parallel workshop with Julian Darley. This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
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James Pike – Equity Partnership: exploring non debt–based financing for building development in the downturn.

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on James Pike – Equity Partnership: exploring non debt–based financing for building development in the downturn.
James Pike explained how a non-debt method of financing property development, Equity Partnerships, can not only rescue completed developments which can't be sold in the present market, but can also provide a way in which all occupiers gain a stake in future developments. Equity partnerships are equally suitable for community energy projects.
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Mark Rutledge – Cap and Share: mechanisms to share scarce resources and provide economic incentives for renewable energy and efficiency investment.

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on Mark Rutledge – Cap and Share: mechanisms to share scarce resources and provide economic incentives for renewable energy and efficiency investment.
Mark Rutledge argued that the adoption of Cap and Share, Feasta's proposed framework for a global climate treaty, is a necessary tool for dealing with peak oil and the current world recession. Unless it is used, he said, any economic recovery will be strangled at birth as oil prices rise again.
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Ludwig Schuster – A New Monetary Pluralism: from a recombination of regional economic circles to investing in a sustainable future.

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on Ludwig Schuster – A New Monetary Pluralism: from a recombination of regional economic circles to investing in a sustainable future.
Ludwig Schuster, who advises many of complementary currency systems that have sprung up in Germany, looked at the role that money systems have to play in moving economies away from the exponential growth paradigm. He argued that, as different activities offer different benefits, special currencies may be needed for particular purposes.
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David Korowicz – Complexity, Economy, Civilisation & Collapse

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on David Korowicz – Complexity, Economy, Civilisation & Collapse
David Korowicz documented the disturbing growth in the complexity of trade and financial networks and in the various types of infrastructure. He sees the collapse process as a system of re-enforcing feedbacks that cut investment in energy and R&D and cause supply chains and IT networks to break down.
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Dmitry Orlov – Definancialisation, Deglobalisation, Relocalisation

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on Dmitry Orlov – Definancialisation, Deglobalisation, Relocalisation
Dmitry Orlov explained why efforts to extend the lifetime of the industrial, fossil fuel-based economy are misguided and will fail. He then presented alternatives, describing how patterns of land use can be transformed into patterns of habitat creation and how informal local networks of sustainable non-fossil-fuel-based production and distribution can be created.
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Brian Davey – Further Dangers Ahead: prioritising risk management at all levels of political economic decision making.

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on Brian Davey – Further Dangers Ahead: prioritising risk management at all levels of political economic decision making.
Brian Davey is an economist with an interest in mental health and how and why systems break down. He believes that a fluid situation exists now that the financial and political parts of the present system have discredited themselves. He wants to see if local green initiatives (like Transition Towns) flourish, eventually developing national level capacities to transform the energy and transport infrastructures of societies.
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The New Emergency Workshop – Rebuilding the Money System

Jun 10, 2009 Comments Off on The New Emergency Workshop – Rebuilding the Money System
Recording of parallel workshop with Richard Douthwaite, and Ludwig Schuster. This video is available to Feasta Members and attendees of the conference only. Please contact website @ feasta.org for access.
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