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…

Commoning

Commoning is hard to define but it’s the practice of responding responsibly to human and non-human beings. This is not a question of rejoining nature – this is a question of recognizing we are nature in its ongoing complexity – Bayo Akomolafe It is a way of being that recognises the interdependency and togetherness of…

Resource sharing and exchange

Not all our exchanges with each other are based on monetary value. Economics would have us believe that we are all selfish, motivated by self-interest. Yet, despite the millions of pounds spent on adverting to sell us things, many people value fairness, charity, social responsibility and generosity more than their own economic self-interest. Not every…

Community Land Trusts

Community Land Trusts (CLT) are community led organisations, set up and run by members (often volunteers) with the aim of developing and managing community assets such as houses, community gardens, community enterprises, civic buildings and commercial spaces that are important to that community. In the UK, most Community Land Trusts are set up to manage…

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,…