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23 Things They Dont Tell You about Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang: Review

Oct 16, 2014 No Comments by
Graham Barnes writes “There were so many tweetable gems in the 260 pages of this book, that I had to exercise self control or be suspected of agency status.”
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Ebola and the management of mass psychology: public health or public relations crisis?

Oct 08, 2014 No Comments by
In the discussion about Ebola there appears to be a public relations message that we are all expected to accept: that it is far less likely to run out of control in “developed countries” which have healthcare systems. But is this attitude dangerously complacent? By Brian Davey.
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Schools of thought on degrowth

Oct 02, 2014 No Comments by
Brian Davey provides some reflections on the recent Degrowth conference, identifying different strains of thought within the Degrowth movement. He believes that “the diversity between the left and the greens can give rise to complementary relationships rather than being sources of deep division and antagonism.”
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Sustainable Water Use

Sep 19, 2014 2 Comments by
How can we break our water supply’s current dependency on fossil fuels ? Feidhlim Harty provides some suggestions at the local, community and wider levels.
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Poster on fracking and ethics

Sep 11, 2014 No Comments by
Unconventional Gas produces money for some people and risks and harms for others. People are confronted with difficult choices between immediate personal interests and obligations to the wider society and to the environment. There is a great temptation to deny these dilemmas exist.
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Money as a Commons

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments by
Money is either a reward for past work, or (when issued through the device of credit) an advance secured in expectation of future work. From this viewpoint we can see money as an aspirational commons – a Common Pool Resource backed by our collective efforts, that with the right governance regime could be managed equitably and to mutual benefit. By Graham Barnes.
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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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Community Energy in Ireland (Part 3)

Aug 23, 2014 No Comments
In the final part of his report, Erik-Jan Van Oosten reminds us that technologies aren’t neutral and that their complexity needs to be taken into account when planning for future energy production.
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The Savory Institute conference on grassland management (Part 2): report by Martin Peck

Aug 16, 2014 1 Comment
Martin Peck was impressed with the Savory conference: “It was a privilege. People from all over the world talking and listening to each other essentially about survival and how we can reverse our destructive behaviour on our earth through regenerative agriculture in its many forms. It is possible.”
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The Savory Institute conference on grassland management (Part 1): report by Nick Bardsley

Aug 14, 2014 3 Comments
Many Feasta members will already be familiar with the pioneering work of Allan Savory and the Savory Institute in regenerating degraded rangelands. Nick Bardsley and Martin Peck attended the Institute’s recent conference and have each provided reports on it which you can read here (Martin’s report will follow shortly).
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Community Energy in Ireland (Part 2)

Aug 09, 2014 No Comments
In the second part of his commentary on the Community Energy Position Policy Paper, Erik-Jan van Oosten suggests some creative means to achieve financing for renewable energy projects.
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Anti-fracking poster for farmers

Aug 02, 2014 No Comments
Brian Davey has produced another poster with information about fracking, and also provided some links to resources.
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Community energy in Ireland (Part 1)

Jul 26, 2014 No Comments
Former Feasta intern Erik Jan van Oosten argues that the community energy paper (CEPPP) which was recently produced by a group of 18 Irish organisations including Feasta is an important step forward but that there are nuances and aspects that deserve further attention. In this first of three articles he discusses the societal aspects of energy production: who should have the ownership and control?
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