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I have recently started taking action on the issues I care about and would like to find like minded individuals.

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An Armchair Activist's guide to Christmas

Earlier this week, when I was doing a webinar for Natcan and GlobalNet21, I was asked if I would do a blog post about how to be an armchair activist at Christmas.

So I've put down a few simple ideas to try to cut unnecessary consumption, reduce waste, and buy from more ethical sources.

Link here:

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

The Brand voting debate: why I think we need to engage differently

I was lucky enough to sit in as a guest on Redshift Radio’s Midweek Uplift show this week to speak about the Russell Brand/Robert Webb voting debate, and offer some ideas for how people might be able to bring about change.

The main point that the whole thing has thrown up for me is that we need to engage more, not less, and – crucially – we need to engage differently.

Yes, our…


Posted on November 11, 2013 at 18:37 — 4 Comments

Falling Fruit: a global map for collaborative foraging map

When I was writing my book, foraging was one of the methods I used to try to reduce my reliance on supermarkets, since I'm uncomfortable with the amount of control these companies have over our what we eat and our food supply chains. I personally think that using what's on our doorstep instead of letting it go to waste - instead of getting all our food from imported sources - is important.

So I'm really pleased that a new open-source foraging map has just launched in the UK.…


Posted on November 1, 2013 at 15:26 — 3 Comments

The middle ground between clicktivism and protest

Following on from Joe's very kind mention of my book, The Armchair Activist's Handbook, I thought I'd post a link to a blog I wrote for the New Internationalist this week.

The book was a bit of a journey for me - I went from being someone frustrated with the state of things to finding ways that I could make a bit of a difference (which fit with my busy life rather than taking it over - which is what I'd always been afraid of).  So the blog is about finding that comfortable…


Posted on August 6, 2013 at 20:13 — 7 Comments

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At 16:49 on October 23, 2014, Gavin Barker said…
At 16:49 on October 23, 2014, Gavin Barker said…

Hi Ruth

Re MP's letter - I have set out in more detail what I have learned from all this and why I think this approach can be adapted to a social media age. Let me know what you think, 




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