The music of time – or how we’ll not change the music unless we change how we sing

Jul 19, 2018 No Comments by
"It should be a natural relief to step back inside natural limits. Limits have forms, sounds and scents – we can touch them – taste them. They should feel like home. We’ll be prodigals shuffling homeward from a wild fossil-fuelled adventure to finally open the familiar garden gate," writes Patrick Noble.
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Migrant shipwrecks, land grabs and the commons

Apr 26, 2015 Comments Off on Migrant shipwrecks, land grabs and the commons by
Could we imagine a world where the packed migrant boats heading towards Europe from Africa were a thing of the past? Where the centuries-long wealth gap between Europe and Africa, which has so much injustice at its root, was finally addressed in an effective way? By Caroline Whyte
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You’ve Been Framed

Nov 18, 2014 Comments Off on You’ve Been Framed by
If we all want cars, or to fly, then climate change is all our fault, really, isn't it? Or is it? Perhaps we need to discuss how the issue of climate change is being framed. Laurence and Alison Matthews have written a quick and clever guide to 'framespotting' and Laurence, a long-time member of Feasta's climate group, has provided a short overview of their book.
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Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse

Jun 17, 2012 12 Comments by
This new study by David Korowicz explores the implications of a major financial crisis for the supply-chains that feed us, keep production running and maintain our critical infrastructure. He uses a scenario involving the collapse of the Eurozone to show that increasing socio-economic complexity could rapidly spread irretrievable supply-chain failure across the world.
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Energy and water: the real blue-chips

Aug 20, 2011 Comments Off on Energy and water: the real blue-chips by
In this week's Fleeing Vesuvius article, Nate Hagens and Kenneth Mulder explain why today’s prices and costs provide a very bad basis for making investment decisions. They reflect temporary relative market scarcities rather than long-run underlying physical ones. The world needs to abandon money as its measure when determining energy and economic policy if it is to invest its scarcest, most limiting resources in the best possible way.
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Volunteers found to dig out embarrassing data

Jul 11, 2011 Comments Off on Volunteers found to dig out embarrassing data by
In response to an appeal on this website, two people, Ciaran Mulloy and Ruth Barrett, have volunteered to work together for the next two or three weeks digging out data for a National Welfare Index which will show the extent to which Ireland's national well-being is being affected by government policies. The data will be processed by another Feasta member, Hans Diefenbacher, who has already prepared a similar index for Germany. The results will appear early next year.
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Energy & Food Constraints will Collapse Global Economic Recovery

Jun 20, 2011 4 Comments by
We may rail against the regulators, politicians, and others who failed to understand and manage past risks, but we are just as culpable for our failure to engage with severe, well-signposted, imminent ones.
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An Introduction to peer-to-peer – May 8th

Apr 15, 2011 Comments Off on An Introduction to peer-to-peer – May 8th
Will open source product design underpin a new type of creative economy in which some things will be available in abundance mostly for free? Theorist Michel Bauwens and the P2P foundation believes so. But is the future he envisages compatible with the ecological limits that humanity is encountering in almost every field?
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Lessons from the Crisis: Money, Taxes and Saving in a Changing World – May 9th 2011

Apr 10, 2011 1 Comment
A day-long conference organised by the Smart Taxes Network and TASC, which will showcase an alternative set of economic policies that aims to recover economic control, staunch the loss of jobs and emigration and create a secure future for young and old in Ireland. Featuring international and national speakers from the cutting edge of progressive and sustainable economic fields.
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The Steady State Economy Conference: “Working towards an Alternative to Economic Growth”

May 08, 2010 Comments Off on The Steady State Economy Conference: “Working towards an Alternative to Economic Growth”

Organised by Economic Justice for All and The Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
Date and Time: Saturday 19th June 2010 from 10 AM to 6 PM
Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

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Barcelona Degrowth Conference

Mar 02, 2010 Comments Off on Barcelona Degrowth Conference

Date and Time: 26th – 29th March 2010

Venue: University of Barcelona, Plaça Universitat, Barcelona, Spain

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Feasta members conducted three workshops at this conference. They were on non-debt money systems, on financing arrangements compatible with a static or shrinking economy, and on economic democracy. You can download the steering papers for their workshops by clicking on the underlined words. The slides Richard Douthwaite showed during his talk are here.…

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John Sharry – Cultivating Hope and Managing Despair

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on John Sharry – Cultivating Hope and Managing Despair
John Sharry, a family and child psychotherapist, looked at the way communities are responding to the current crises. He drew on modern psychological models of motivation and change, and of how people deal with threat and loss, to suggest strategies which can be used both to help individuals change and to galvanise communities into collective action.
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David Korowicz – Complexity, Economy, Civilisation & Collapse

Jun 11, 2009 Comments Off on David Korowicz – Complexity, Economy, Civilisation & Collapse
David Korowicz documented the disturbing growth in the complexity of trade and financial networks and in the various types of infrastructure. He sees the collapse process as a system of re-enforcing feedbacks that cut investment in energy and R&D and cause supply chains and IT networks to break down.
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