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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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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Anger & Complicity in a Time of Limits

Mar 24, 2014 1 Comment
In the second part of his interview with Alexander Ac, David Korowicz argues that the large-scale predicament and the emergent socio-economic stresses that we are beginning to experience has very little to with fraud, corruption and the greed of a tiny few. He believes it has a lot to do with our human civilization running into limits.
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How to be Trapped

Mar 17, 2014 3 Comments
Our predicament and the tragedy of attempting change is: given time and resource constraints and the reality that we depend upon a de-localized networked system without central control, how do we change the system while ensuring we do not collapse its essential functions? By David Korowicz.
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Submission to Public Consultation on Development of Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas

Mar 09, 2014 Comments Off
This submission was made by Feasta on March 6 to the Irish Department of Agriculture regarding "Sustainable Food Production and Processing" and "Food for Health". It describes 10 high level goals that we believe can and should be progressed. It goes on to outline the proposed research that would further these goals, and to explain what the expected results would be and how they could be measured.
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Lessons learnt from the not-so-radical Tyndall emissions conference

Feb 22, 2014 Comments Off
Several Feasta climate group members attended the Tyndall Radical Emissions Reduction conference in December 2013. Three of them - Nick Bardsley, Brian Davey and Laurence Matthews - have shared their reactions to the way the conference was organised. You can also download posters that were displayed at the conference by John Jopling, Nick Bardsley and Brian Davey.
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An Ethical Altcoin?

Feb 11, 2014 2 Comments
For the first time a cryptography-based currency or altcoin, Auroracoin, has designed-in a predistribution (via premining) of currency. This article sets out a draft vision of how an altcoin that is designed to give priority to positive aspects of living neglected by the financialised economy might operate. By Graham Barnes.
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Getting real about regulation – why it won’t make fracking safe

Feb 11, 2014 4 Comments
The British government has acknowledged the potential harms of fracking for unconventional gas - yet claimed that regulation in Britain is more stringent than in other countries and that it is therefore possible to prevent negative impacts. However in this article Brian Davey argues that in the light of all the evidence the only safe way of managing this issue is to ban fracking altogether as has happened in a number of other countries.
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From Our Archives: The Problem with Economic Growth

Feb 05, 2014 Comments Off
This article, written by Richard Douthwaite in May 1997, outlines some of the basic ideas that led to the founding of Feasta. It's interesting to note how ahead of his time he was in his criticisms of growth as a measure of progress, many of which are now quite well known. Sadly, the widening inequality he describes and the many problems related to that have only worsened over time.
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Our hope for a community across Europe

Jan 27, 2014 Comments Off
Romanian Feasta members Adela and Dan Fofiu-Sanpetreanu explain how they have migrated from a world of reactionary activism to 'a world of creative reconstruction, in small pieces, with dear new friends and kind people that prefer a home made jam to a cheap jar that counts thousands of food miles'.
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