The Sufficiency Economy – Envisioning a Prosperous Way Down

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Editor’s Preamble: I would exhort readers to ignore the potentially off-putting length of this piece, to instead step into, and allow yourself to be absorbed by, this important and worthy attempt at future-visualising. Readers who have been following my own work over the last several years will recognise and appreciate the themes covered. From my… Read more »

The Guardian Institutions of Hierarchy

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One aspect of human culture that seems irresistible to the ancient status-seeking part of our brain is the development of hierarchies. The encoding of personal status and power into social structures is evident in the tribes and troops of all the great apes, but human beings have gone much further. We built an entire globe-spanning… Read more »

Vivir Bien (Living Well): a New Model For Development From Bolivia’s Indigenous Process of Change

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Pachamama (Mother Earth) Under the presidency of Evo Morales, Bolivia has taken a leadership role in the global climate change negotiations. It did so most recently at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún, but also hosted the World People’s Conference on Climate Change (WPCCC) in Cochabamba in April 2010 and spoke out against the… Read more »

Law Against Ecocide Was Suggested As Early as 1972

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Imagine it’s 2020 I write to you from 2020, a world where there is no more Ecocide; a law of Eococide has now been passed after 5 years of transition where all companies have been given subsidies to prioritise a green economy; governments have been re-writing their policies and laws to bring them in line… Read more »

Money Spinners

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Here’s how we can defeat political corruption of the kind that’s destroying US democracy. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. It’s a revolting spectacle: the two presidential candidates engaged in a frantic and demeaning scramble for money. By November 6th, Obama and Romney will each have raised over… Read more »

Preparing Our Children For a Resilient Future, Part IV: Localisation and Community

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Our local areas and community are likely to play a much bigger role in our future resilience, so it makes sense to begin to include active community participation in our children’s lives. Children often enjoy having a sense of being an important part of something that matters and even young children can develop a feeling… Read more »

Permaculture as a Tool for Implementing the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

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Final Project for the Master of Arts in Environmental Conservation Education, NYU, Submitted August, 2011 by Lee Frankel-Goldwater Introduction Click to download (300kb PDF) The system of Permaculture design is an appropriate and well-defined model for teaching and implementing the goals of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). When the United Nations declared the years from… Read more »

The Mad Farmer Walks Away From the March of Tyranny

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With the presidential race in full swing in the U.S., I thought this graphic would make a good ‘cartoon of the week’, highlighting the futility of thinking that changing from one corporate-run government to another corporate run government will make much of a difference. Click for larger version Oh, and for those who are thinking… Read more »

Intro to ‘The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State’, Part II – Why the Language of the Commons Matters

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The text below is the second half of the Introduction to the recently published anthology of essays, The Wealth of the Commons:  A World Beyond Market and State (Levellers Press).  The first half was posted yesterday.  More about the book can be found at www.wealthofthecommons.org. As the corruption of the market/state duopoly has deepened, our… Read more »