Busy doing nothing – seven reasons for humanity’s inertia in the face of critical threats and how we might remove them

from Fleeing Vesuvius, by Mark Rutledge and Brian Davey. Seven reasons why humans have failed to curb their excessive resource consumption are outlined here, some of which are systemic, others the result of the way humanity evolved. Our best chance of counteracting them will come when the crisis pushes us out of our comfortable ruts.

Growing people not economies

In this article I argue that theories are often used as justification to push people around and to bully them - particularly economic theories. If the future is one where we "grow people" rather than "growing economies" we need very different kinds of arrangements and skills - and we should start in our own movement.

Finance for future communities: equity partnerships and investment unions

This week we are featuring two articles from Fleeing Vesuvius which explore ethical, equitable approaches to finance. Tim Helweg-Larsen describes his recent attempt to establish an equity partnership in North Wales and Oscar Kjellberg draws on the example of Mondragon in order to examine the role which community bankers could perform as intermediaries between local stakeholders in the future.

Definancialisation, deglobalisation and relocalisation

by Dmitry Orlov, from Fleeing Vesuvius. Countries' current attempts to recover from their difficulties are driving up oil prices. Orlov believes that the world economy will be unable to cope and will collapse, just as it did in 2008. Future attempts at recovery will also fail. He argues that anyone who recognises this should spend whatever money they have engaging with their neighbours and the land in new ways so that they stand a chance of saving something for themselves and their children.

Health and biodiversity

by Elizabeth Cullen. All of our food and many important medicines derive from our biodiversity. Our psychological and spiritual well being is enhanced by the joy and private moments of wonder in contemplation of the natural world. How can our way of life be changed so as to enhance our life giving and life affirming biodiversity, rather than undermine it?