Capital without Capitalism: A Currency Design Perspective

Nov 11, 2014 Comments Off
The recent surge in interest in the design of new currencies is partly informed by a creeping realisation of the unfairnesses of the so-called free-market and its associated monetary dysfunction. Re-engineering money offers us the chance to imagine and create a more sustainable economic infrastructure. By Graham Barnes
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Update on the “Sink or Sue” climate litigation project

Nov 06, 2014 Comments Off
Here's an update by David Knight on the Feasta climate group's plan to organize a mock trial next year, in partnership with a large group of allies, many of whom already have legal experience relating to climate change. The mock trial will be an initial step towards a real court action and would develop and test a claim against a fictitious British Fossil fuel company for contributing to the damage caused by climate change.
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This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein: Review

Oct 26, 2014 1 Comment
Naomi Klein's new book is well worth a read by anyone interested in the relationship between the growth-based economy and runaway greenhouse gas emissions. It also provides some suggestions for finding our way out of this morass. By Caroline Whyte
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23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang: Review

Oct 16, 2014 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 1 Comment
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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Fourth International Degrowth Conference: report by Seán Conlan

Sep 26, 2014 Comments Off
Seán Conlan was very impressed by the spirit of enquiry and creativity at the recent degrowth conference in Leipzig. You can read his impressions here. Other reports on the conference from Feasta members will be following shortly.
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Sustainable Water Use

Sep 19, 2014 2 Comments
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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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