Community Energy in Ireland (Part 2)

Aug 09, 2014 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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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The Deprecated Domain: the pros and cons of designed exclusion

Jul 10, 2014 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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 Comments Off
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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