Experiences of land restoration projects related to the Water and Food Award are the subject of a chapter in the upcoming book on Land Restoration, with contributions by Stephen Hinton.
Case studies of finalists illustrate how developing an intimate knowledge of the land, rethinking agricultural practices, redefining the role of schools, finding new ways to cooperate, new roles for corporations, new attitudes to grazing animals, rain and water, contribute to restoring land and food security.
Max Wahlter, a journalist specializing in science and technology, decides to leave his failing career to make money from sustainable technology. He comes across an innovation technique called Imagestreaming that unlocks the innovative power of the mind to make almost anyone a Leonardo daVinci,. Max proceeds to create a vision of the sustainable society, publishing the results on his blog. Read More…
Voluntary currency workshops reveal how global monetary system can hamper local economic development
Published on the 26th March, a new report from the Institute of Swedish Safety and Security, ISSS, written by fellow Stephen Hinton, sums up recent experiences with running workshops on local economic development, risk preparedness and voluntary currency. Two results speak volumes about the sustainability predicament we find ourselves in today. Firstly, in simulating creating a local currency most participants realized they had no idea of how their national currency was created. Secondly, it became clear that creativity and collaboration are held back when money is a bearer of scarcity.
From following what happened in the workshop simulations, it seems the best way to approach developing a resilient local economy is to start from where you are, who you are, and what you have. And collaborate. And get multi-skilled. Preferably organize into projects to focus energies. All of these factors are essential regardless of whether a currency or points system or any other system is used.
Download the report here. ITK_report2
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Written in 2009, we republish it
Especially in focus are the likely effects of the impact of liquid fuels on communities as oil prices hike and availability wanes. For officers in the public and private sector alike, this paper describes 16 main aspects of the coming energy situation. Organisations need to consider these 16 in order to begin to craft energy depletion management strategies. Download the pdf here.
This e-book will explain the five major reasons I see why you need to start re-thinking your business and your way of life.
You might be thinking: “ Why haven’t I heard of this before?” Well, you have. It’s just that it has been a long time coming and you are probably like most people, bound up in daily life, with your own causes and issues and distractions. And the situation is complicated. That’s why I have tried to boil it all down to five aspects you can monitor and work out for yourself.
You might be thinking: “Why now?” Well, it’s been coming a long time. In 2005 the peak of oil production, or production of easy oil, was reached. Three years for the effects to work their way through supply chains and the World sees the first shocks – rapid rise of prices followed by economic instability. Comparatively small supplies of oil from, for example, shale oil, may postpone the inevitable – but for how long?
Understanding these five simple things will get you started on rearranging and rethinking the way you do things in your work, in your business and in your daily life. Specifically you will need to think about where you are investing your time and money as an employee, investor, business owner and consumer.
Whatever you do, don’t just believe me, think about it and find out for yourself. Download here 5_guide