http://www.sfms.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Article_Archives&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&SECTION=Article_Archives&CONTENTID=2177 Superb magazine from San Francisco doctors! Doctors talking about ecosystems? Load of hippies!
Thanks to Andrew Robertson http://twowheelsandbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/05/dutch-are-streets-ahead.html There is many a thing that springs to mind when I think of the Netherlands. Windmills, cheese, liberal cannabis policy, open prostitution, the colour orange, flatness and cycling. Yes indeed, there is many a reason to admire these neighbours of ours, including the fact that the majority of the population … Continue reading The Dutch are streets ahead
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000KGPY6Y/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&qid=1273953593&sr=8-3&condition=all Upton Sinclair 1936 This needs to be key reading on the Utopia101 course I am planning! Anyone know how to get it reprinted or googled?
We are not an arm of the state. We have our own arms. http://www.independentaction.net email@example.com Managing Independence NCIA campaign work This is a list of the work currently underway, being developed, to support our campaign aims on Managing Independence. Contact us if you want to know more or be involved. The purpose of our work … Continue reading National Centre for Independent Action
There are strong logical arguments in favour of using cooperative methods as the fundamental structures of all sustainable initiatives. Sustainable policies need to enable cooperation and discriminate against individualism and the two varieties of landlordism, private and social. No one is an island; domination and hierarchy are not sustainable social structures. (Bookchin). Cooperative principles have … Continue reading Enabling the future to participate
AGRICULTURE Men from Africa come to Europe to learn farming. There are two snags with this. Women are the primary farmers and large areas of Europe, North America, and Asia are relatively easy to farm. Rain in most of Africa occurs in inconvenient and potentially destructive ways. One sixth is too wet, fostering pests and … Continue reading Agriculture
Price (1992) argues for a change from the sewerage principle to the ecological principle of urban planning. The sewerage principle concentrates on spending downstream of the problem, whereas an ecological principle requires investment upstream. With a sewerage principle we are creating problem-management systems, whereas with an ecological principle we are actually planning for promotive and … Continue reading Sewerage
In 1834, John Scott Russell observed a barge going along a canal when it suddenly stopped. A wave continued in front of the boat, but instead of dying away, continued down the canal for several miles. The phenomenon was noted elsewhere, and repeated experimentally, but was not explained until 1895. Even then, the phenomena had … Continue reading Complexity
The science of ecology has two complementary facets; study of the hierarchies of organisation, the classic reductionist classificatory method, and the construction of theories about relationships. Odum (1983) writes; The organised state of life is maintained by a continuous but step wise flow of energy. Thus dividing up a graded series or hierarchy into components … Continue reading Ecosystems
We have a new government that will soon implement major cuts. But how are the decisions made about this? Might it be possible to improve exponentially what we are doing with far less resources? John Seddon reports that the number of hours it takes to make a Lexus is less than the hours used in … Continue reading Going Dutch