The Deprecated Domain: the pros and cons of designed exclusion

Jul 10, 2014 No Comments
One way to identify what you want to promote is to specify what you want to dissociate from. That's the Deprecated Domain. And it's OK to progressively withdraw from it. In the latest in a series of related articles on the Feasta blog Graham Barnes makes a case for doing just that with the mainstream financial system. @GrahamJBarnes
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Powerpoint and posters on unconventional gas

Jul 01, 2014 No Comments
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
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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The Great Separation (part 2)

Jun 13, 2014 No Comments
What do Scottish independence, UKIP, self-employment, cryptocurrencies and the black economy have in common? By Graham Barnes (@GrahamJBarnes).
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Peak Oil Revisited…

Jun 03, 2014 1 Comment
Brian Davey presents evidence that the peaking of conventional 'legacy' oil production back in 2005, and its subsequent decline, is inexorably leading to a transfer of resources from discretionary consumption to investment in energy infrastructure throughout the industrialised world. He believes that there is no way out of the Catch 22 within the growth economy model and that this is why de-growth is needed.
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Powerpoint slides now available from Mary Mellor’s talk “Creating and Directing Public Money”

May 27, 2014 No Comments
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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Ethical Money and The Great Separation

May 19, 2014 4 Comments
As the 99% become progressively aware of embedded unethical and unfair systemic values, might monetary disengagement become a key part of a trend to separate and distance ourselves from the mainstream economy – a Great Separation? By Graham Barnes.
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From our archives: why interest-free banking matters

May 14, 2014 No Comments
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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Notes from Nowhere: Fit the First

May 06, 2014 1 Comment
Patrick Noble provides a glimpse of how the future economy could look along with some unusual ideas about how we might get there. Might the transition to a community-focused, renewable-energy-based economy be "less the great revolt and more the return of ordinary lives"?
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Employment in theory and in real life: Services and Government in a world in difficulties

Apr 26, 2014 10 Comments
In this excerpt from his book Credo, Brian Davey examines the true nature of service-based work, which accounts now for about half of the world's employment. He describes the problems inherent to work in which appearances frequently count for more than actually getting on with the job, placing these issues in the broader context of the extreme instability of the world economy.
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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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Making the most of climate change??

Apr 08, 2014 2 Comments
There's a pervasive assumption that climate change policy can never achieve anything more than damage control. But what if we were to think much bigger than this? By Caroline Whyte.
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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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