Cohousing

Cohousing is a combination of self-contained houses, with some shared facilities.  It is a way of connecting with neighbours, building community when many of us are lonely and isolated, particularly older people.  It may not be for everyone. Cohousing communities are sometimes organised collaboratively. While residents have their private spaces, they can come together to…

Degrowth

We have an economy that needs to grow, whether or not it makes us thrive. We need an economy that makes us thrive, whether or not it grows ~ Kate Raworth The degrowth, sometimes called post growth or sustainability movement argues that we cannot continue pursuing GDP growth. According to degrowth.org, the term means ‘a…

Transition Networks

Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities…

Slow Food

Slow food is an alternative to fast food.  It is an approach that favours healthy, local, community-based food consumption and production. Fast food is often high in fat, sugar and calories while adding little or no nutrient value to our diets.  Fast Food is bad for our health and our planet, linked to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and cancer. …

Banking with values

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) is made up of the world’s leading sustainable banks with a shared commitment to finding global solutions to international problems.  In the UK we have Triodos Bank and  Ecology Building Society as members of GABV. These are value based banks and are different because they focus on: Investing in local services,…

Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic way of people making decisions about how money is spent. This can be in government, schools or organisations. It started in Porte Alegre, Brazil in 1989 and it is often used by local government to give people direct control over municipal budgets. In 2016-2017 over 100,000 New Yorkers spent $40…

Democratic Schools

Democratic schools teach and practice democracy.  Rather than reading about democracy, students practice it. They practice working as a self-governing community, with democratic decision making. The schools are self-governed by pupils and teachers together. The two pillars of democratic education are: · self-determined learning · a learning community based on equality and mutual respect. In…

Grant Making

Edge Fund is a great alternative to traditional grant making. Most grant making foundations and trusts are criticised for being distant, hierarchical, unaccountable to their beneficiaries, out of touch with how change happens and run by people with no lived experience of the issues they seek to address. Others have pointed out, that most of…

Radical Education Forum

Radical Education forum promotes education that is based on a commitment to social justice.  It is educational practice that is about understanding both text and context, participating in producing your own learning and  developing individual and collective solutions to problems.  It is not a discipline, it is educational practice that includes popular education, militant or co-research,…

Food waste

We waste nearly a third of all food produced in the world. That is 1.3bn tonnes of food. It means 1.4bn hectares, or almost 30% of the available agricultural land, is used to grow or farm food that we throw away. At the same time 795 million people suffer from severe hunger and malnutrition. In…

Local Food Projects

Local food projects are things like food co-ops, community cafe’s, ‘cook & eat’ sessions, and partnerships between retailers, local authorities and communities. Small scale food projects dotted around communities, particularly in towns and cities can create better access to fresh food, help us be more connected to our food sources and gain some control back…

Basic Income

What if we (the taxpayers) paid everyone a regular income they can live on, not based on any conditions? No tests or proof that you need it.   No conditions attached.  Many argue that basic income will reduce poverty.  Poverty is a complex issue and basic income alone cannot address it, however it has a role…