Recovery – can Ireland be first? – Fred Harrison, organised by Konrad Dechant

Apr 02, 2009 Comments Off on Recovery – can Ireland be first? – Fred Harrison, organised by Konrad Dechant

Date and Time: Thursday April 2, 7:30 pm
Venue: Walton Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin…

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Converging Crises, Policy Responses – Feasta seminar series

Jun 01, 2008 Comments Off on Converging Crises, Policy Responses – Feasta seminar series

Converging Crises, Policy Responses – Feasta Seminar Series

Date and Time: 12 noon, 1 Friday followed by 4 Thursdays in June and July 2008
Venue: Irish Architectural Archive building, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
This series of seminars was aimed primarily at policymakers, however Feasta members were most welcome too.

The five seminars are as follows:

The Future’s Not What it Used to Be, Friday 13th June
David Korowicz


Many of our civilisation’s key resources have become more tightly coupled and are under increasing strain. We look at the systemic interactions of energy, greenhouse gasses, food, and the macroeconomy; …

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Submission on sustainable residential developments in urban areas

May 24, 2008 Comments Off on Submission on sustainable residential developments in urban areas

Feasta recently made a submission to the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on their guidelines for Sustainable Residential Developments in Urban Areas.

In general, we welcome these Guidelines and Urban Design Manual as they comprise a good outline of current best practice, an improvement on the current situation. But we fear that the Guidelines are too late; they address an economic reality that is rapidly changing; they largely ignore pressures in rural areas and they are not ambitious enough to properly address the energy, climate and social challenges currently facing Ireland.

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Submission to the Irish Commission on Taxation

May 21, 2008 Comments Off on Submission to the Irish Commission on Taxation

This submission covers a range of topics related to taxation. It includes an outline of the reasoning behind Feasta’s advocacy of a shift from taxes on work to taxes on rent (such as a land value tax) and the need for a quota system to control carbon emissions.

This submission can be downloaded as a PDF Version.…

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Beating the Bust: Free Public Lecture and Discussion – Dave Wetzel

Apr 01, 2008 Comments Off on Beating the Bust: Free Public Lecture and Discussion – Dave Wetzel

Property prices have fallen by 6% and tax receipts are down €600 million in the first quarter. Panic is beginning to take hold. Expectations of soft landings are fading as developers slash selling prices and buyers hold off till things settle. Architects-the canaries of the building industry-are being handed their P45s as developers close up shop, bank their land and migrate to London to build the Olympics. The banks meanwhile are frightened to lend to each other as their security and assets are revalued in an atmosphere of suspicion and uncertainty. All these factors are leading to a credit squeeze and recession. Whether this recession will be short, a simple overdue correction of an overheated property market, or whether it deepens into a serious economic depression, depends on how the government reacts.

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Is there a way out of Boom and Bust economics? – Fred Harrison

Mar 01, 2008 Comments Off on Is there a way out of Boom and Bust economics? – Fred Harrison

Date: Tuesday 11th March 2008
Venue: Robert Emmet Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin.

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The Economic Challenge of Sustainability

Aug 13, 2006 Comments Off on The Economic Challenge of Sustainability

This paper, which was written for CORI Justice, gives an overview of Feasta’s ideas about economic growth, money systems, peak oil, and the need for a land value tax and for citizen carbon quotas.

by Richard Douthwaite and Emer Ó Siochrú

The full document is included below, or download a PDF version.…

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Submission re Draft Guidelines for Development Plans

Jul 09, 2006 Comments Off on Submission re Draft Guidelines for Development Plans

This was submitted by Feasta to the Irish Department of the Environment in response to its recent consultation call with regard to Development Plans.

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The ENLIVEN report

Oct 08, 2005 Comments Off on The ENLIVEN report

The ENLIVEN ReportEnergy Networks Linking Innovation in Villages in Europe Now

The ENLIVEN project is a cross sector partnership led by Irish Rural Link. Partners are: Offaly County Council; Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability; Dundalk Institute of Technology; Methanogen; EOS Architects; Martin Langton, Developer; Pauric Davis and Associates, Engineers; Michael Layden, Community Energy Consultant; Sean Riordan, Developer.

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Executive Summary

Historically, communities developed in places where resources were available. Today however, many rural communities are in decline because the use of fossil fuels has devalued their renewable energy sources, made the growing of many non-food crops irrelevant, and exposed their food products to price competition from places where land is more abundant.

This project is based on the premise that the tide may be about to turn. Restrictions on the use of fossil fuel in response to the threat of climate change and because of oil and gas depletion are about to make energy supplies scarcer and more costly. Handled correctly, this could create the circumstances in which rural communities will again be able to grow by developing their local resources, particularly those of energy.

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Response to ‘Sustainable Rural Housing; Consultation Draft of Guidelines for Planning Authorities’

May 04, 2004 Comments Off on Response to ‘Sustainable Rural Housing; Consultation Draft of Guidelines for Planning Authorities’

May 2004

This submission critiques the current Irish Rural Housing Guidelines, arguing that their formation lacked proper participation and consultation; they are based on insufficient information; they over-emphasise dispersed housing to the detriment of other types of housing, in particular that of small settlements and villages; they fail to acknowledge important environmental and social factors such as peak oil and the fact that dispersed housing is more likely to be built and inhabited by the relatively well-off; and they introduce a discriminatory planning system based on the provenance and circumstances of the applicant. It suggests that a Rural Housing Commission

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Business problems, land solutions: the case for land and tax reform

Oct 10, 2003 Comments Off on Business problems, land solutions: the case for land and tax reform

A transcript of the talk given by Albert Catterall, Head of Economics, British Retail Consortium, at the Feasta conference “Land: the Claim of the Community”, in October 2003

Briefing on the conference

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On Recovering the Sacred Income

Oct 10, 2003 Comments Off on On Recovering the Sacred Income

Transcript of a talk given by Fred Harrison, the Director of the Centre for Land Policy Studies in the UK, at the October 2003 conference “Land, the Claim of the Community”.

Briefing on the conference

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Land: The Claim of the Community: October 2003 conference

Oct 01, 2003 Comments Off on Land: The Claim of the Community: October 2003 conference

An international conference to explore initiatives in affordable housing, infrastructure provision and local government finance.

9th and 10th October 2003

This event was extremely timely: all levels of Irish government and society are beginning to address the core issues of land ownership, review initiatives abroad and suggest workable mechanisms to deliver social cohesion and sustainable development in Ireland.

Themes
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About the Organisers
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Themes

The problem in Ireland
Symptoms and causes. The unsustainable costs of home ownership. Homelessness and the pressures on tenants in the private rented sector. Difficulties of acquiring land for social housing. The rural …

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