Patrick Noble proposes that the gathering of rent for status - 'status enclosure' - is the central process by which we become middle class, and a major cause of the global crises we're facing. "If we remove that fixed, defensive gaze on our land and status properties, and then look up, and then, out and about, we’ll see the world expand."
Basic Income network members and friends will discuss the links between basic income and sustainability. We will begin the think-in with short inputs from Theresa O’Donohue and Eimhin Shortt. A facilitated discussion will follow, with opportunities for all present to contribute and to learn together.
Theresa O'Donohue has a memorable blog post
on her reaction to a consultation at a recent energy coneference on “Energy Projects – Community and Stakeholder Engagement”. It's encouraging to read how a bit of frank talk can actually lead to more openness to collaboration from all sides.
In 2011, Richard Douthwaite wrote in Fleeing Vesuvius that "Money once bought energy. Now energy, or at least an entitlement to it, will actually be money and energy firms may become the new banks." His suggestions for achieving this transition in the fairest way possible have a clear relevance now.
Feasta’s Mark Garavan suggests in an article in his blog that QE should be used only to buy new Solidarity Bonds issued by the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund which then should only be used to invest in developing new Green economic activities and Green research. He goes on to suggest that the distribution mechanism should be the nation states but also, if not primarily, new regional co-operatives which co-ordinate local investment programmes in Green energy, food and social network provision.…
Brian Davey discusses some of the differences between indigenous and non-indigenous people and how this affects global ecological politics.