May 2014 Blog Posts (9)

The “Vollgeld” Initiative - and interesting beginning to a revoloution

This came along in my inbox and I followed the link to Positive Money and found this initiative that is going in Switzerland. Have a look have a read. It's significant.

The Vollgeld initiative

Added by Bren Cook on May 30, 2014 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

If we can't change our economic system, our number's up - George Monbiot

It was neither capitalism nor communism that made possible the progress and pathologies (total war, the unprecedented concentration of global wealth, planetary destruction) of the modern age. It was coal, followed by oil and gas. The meta-trend, the mother narrative, is carbon-fuelled expansion. Our ideologies are mere subplots. Now, with the accessible reserves exhausted, we must ransack the hidden corners of the planet to sustain our impossible proposition.…


Added by joe taylor on May 28, 2014 at 23:00 — 10 Comments

Euro elections mark system failure

The populist electoral revolt against European Union state institutions and their policies – combined with mass abstentions – is the clear signal that the old politics is not just dying but is opening the door to rabid nationalism, racism and neo-fascist parties.

UKIP’s triumph at the European parliamentary poll is the first time in a 100 years that neither the Tories nor Labour have achieved victory at a national election. Nigel Farage’s party won 28% of the vote – while two-thirds…


Added by Corinna Lotz on May 27, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Poverty matters more than inequality

"Evan Davis interviews economic historian Deirdre McCloskey in front of an audience at the London School of Economics, where she argues that poverty matters more than inequality..."

Radio 4 - may have to catch it on iplayer?  If the link above doesn't work...

Try this…


Added by Kate Gordon on May 26, 2014 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

The Art of Community Building - Cormac Russell

Hi All

If you were unable to listen in to Cormac Russell's webinar 'The Art of

Community Building', there's a podcast available, which I highly recomend if

you are in any way involved in working with the local community. 

Click here:…


Added by joe taylor on May 22, 2014 at 10:56 — 4 Comments

Privatization Is the Problem, Not the Solution by Mark Taliano

This article refers to Canada, but the same tactics are in place in the UK and worldwide.

Privatization Is the Problem, Not the Solution by Mark Taliano

Canadians are forever being informed, explicitly or implicitly, that the solution to the crisis of the day, or decade, is a freedom-sounding word called "privatization." This, the free-marketeers tell us, will solve our problems.

The reality is…


Added by joe taylor on May 19, 2014 at 7:21 — 1 Comment

Community Music as a way forward?

It is my firm belief that Community Music - which focuses on active participation, rather than passive consumption - could come to serve as an extraordinarily effective vehicle for community regeneration. 

I'm therefore throwing all my energy into a pioneering therapeutic community music initiative on the outskirts of South East London. It is…


Added by Harry Wallington on May 12, 2014 at 21:55 — No Comments

Can Frances Fox Piven’s Theory of Disruptive Power Create the Next Occupy?

Daniel Buckley sent in the link to this interesting article about community activism.

Mostly, the work of social change is a slow process. It involves patiently building movement institutions, cultivating leadership, organizing campaigns and leveraging power to secure small gains. If you want to see your efforts produce results, it helps to have a long-term commitment.

And yet, sometimes things move more quickly. Every once in a while…


Added by joe taylor on May 9, 2014 at 8:40 — 1 Comment

The Rise & Fall & Rise Again of Communities - Cormac Russell

Cormac is Managing Director of the Nurture Development and a leading proponent of Asset Based Community Development. 

Added by joe taylor on May 2, 2014 at 22:51 — 2 Comments

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