This brand new 3-hour long video sets the stage for a broad limits to growth scenario, including finance, energy and resource limits, then guides people through a decision tree of choices they need to make at family and community scales.
There's a lot of emphasis on what kind of environment one might want to live in urban, rural, suburban, small town and ecovillage and the advantages and disadvantages of each option, along with the contextual factors to consider.
This book (published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Global Ecovillage Network in July 2015) introduces a selection of ecovillage projects from all over the world. The editors have aimed to give a taste of their richness and diversity with examples from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and North America. Most of the chapters are based on interviews with founders or long-standing members of ecovillage communities; while a few chapters are about regional or national networks of ecovillage transition. The book sets out both to honour successes, but also to learn from difficulties and failure.
As with all the YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE books, this book is intended to be enjoyable to read and easy to use - by everyone.
The wealth of information is concisely written to be of benefit to professionals wishing to offer their skills; busy people wanting to make a difference in their communities and at the grassroots of their societies, and people from different cultures, especially those from the developing world, for whom English may be a 2nd or even 3rd language.
Rob Dietz and Dan O Neill bring clarity and style to their impassioned and meticulous analysis, offering the way to a better quality of life and a sustainable future for all.
Kate Pickett, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York and coauthor of The Spirit Level
Dietz and O Neill create a remarkable vision a world with enough prosperity and happiness for everyone, not just for a few. This book will restore your hope in the future and give you specific things you can do to help!
Thom Hartmann, internationally syndicated talk show host and author of twenty-four books
Our society sees economic growth as the prime goal of governments and business. Yet economic growth is stalling around the world as we reach the limits of natural resources. Challenges to communities, governments and future ministers of finance who either choose or are forced to run a post-growth economy will be explored.
In Food Full of Life Gill Bacchus concludes that modern scientific methods simply cannot reveal or measure the true life processes that give quality to our food..... she argues that the health not only of our bodies, but also of our consciousness, thinking and emotions, depends on nourishing ourselves wisely, and she gives advice on how we can learn to find and choose food that is 'full of life and light'.
Our aim is to inspire and empower urban dwellers by setting up models of urban gardens designed to produce the actual nutrition required by a family. This is our first model. The Design is included on the colour chart
Local Money (Triarchy Press, 2013).
John Rogers explains the practical differences between national and local money - how local currencies work, what they can do that national money can t do, and why they are needed.
Occupy Money: Creating an Economy where Everybody Wins (Margrit Kennedy, 2012)
As a medium of exchange, money is one of the most ingenious inventions of mankind, as it facilitates the trade of goods and services and allows for specialization and the division of labor. However, compound interest and inflation have caused our monetary system to balloon to the point where bailing out banks, large corporations, and even entire countries will not prevent a complete breakdown of the global economy - unless we change the system in fundamental ways.
It's time for a grassroots movement to knock conventional money off its pedestal and replace it with a fresh paradigm that puts people before profits. A guide not only for the 99% but also for the 1%, Occupy Money demonstrates that the creation of a stable and sustainable monetary system will reflect real wealth rather than the smoke and mirrors of speculative profit, thus providing an alternative to the Age of Austerity. This vision can be realized through such creative initiatives as:
- Establishing time banks and complementary currencies geared to specific services such as health and education
- Eliminating interest through interest-free loans and demurrage, which rewards currency circulation
- Re-localizing economies through regional currencies.
For many years financial insiders have hidden economic truths by describing them in arcane terms that no layperson can understand. Occupy Money uses clear, simple and concise language to explain how money will serve people instead of people serving money, and in doing so it issues a challenge to the very foundations of conventional economic doctrine.
Owning Our Future is a highly readable single story of two entwined systems: the dying juggernaut of exploitive finance and the mostly unseen hothouse garden where new models of ownership are emerging. Many books about hopeful alternatives inspire cynicism; this one inspires a desire to take part. Art Kleiner, editor-in-chief, strategy+business, and author, The Age of Heretics
This seminal book will be the guidebook for transforming the corporation, and it's hard to imagine anything more important now. James Gustave Speth, professor of law, Vermont Law School, and cofounder, Natural Resources Defense Council
Of all the important elements lacking from progressive thought, ownership design is perhaps the most foundational. Kelly nails it in a way that can drive it home to everyone. This is the most thorough and properly nuanced treatment of the subject I ve seen anywhere. Kelly is a brilliant writer. David Korten, author, The Great Turning and When Corporations Rule the World
Today's crisis in Europe, the heated debates about austerity versus further fiscal stimuli in the US, the clash between China's authorities and the Obama administration on exchange rates are the inevitable symptoms of the weakening Minotaur; of a global system which is now as unsustainable as it is imbalanced. Going beyond this, Varoufakis lays out the options available to us for reintroducing a modicum of reason into a highly irrational global economic order.
An essential account of the socio-economic events and hidden histories that have shaped the world as we now know it.