I proposed this to lcc agm last year. "That all London Boroughs and both the GLA and TfL map London into villages (Waltham forest model) with clear definitions of the purposes of areas and streets. That all primarily residential areas (the vast majority of London) shall have 8 mph speed limits and access is only … Continue reading A London of villages?
Many years ago I was involved in food coops, and recently went to Kos. I was impressed by the many small Greek Orthodox chapels, all with kitchens and dining areas, and looking up the numbers of Saint's days, understood why!Nearby islands are blue zones, with the highest life expectancy on the planet. Why are we handing … Continue reading Food Banks or food coops and celebration?
Reading Charles Mann 1491, also have his 1493 that goes into more detail about the effects of pre Columbian American crops on the world. He quotes H Garrison Wilkes. The Milpa " is one of the most successful human inventions ever created". granta 2005 p198 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milpa "Charles C. Mann described milpa agriculture as follows, in 1491: New Revelations of the … Continue reading Milpa
I have a cellar full of tools and man stuff. But why? As we have libraries and car sharing and car clubs why not share many many more things like tools, gardening expertise, design skills?Why do individuals drag around van loads of stuff when they could be picked up using a cargo bike from a … Continue reading Tool Libraries
Just got this from kindle and it is bringing a lot of threads together! Anyone heard of Keri Smith or John Rowan?I used to say to my children if they fell over "say sorry to the pavement".I have just come in from shopping and put my keys into the front door, the door opened with … Continue reading Subversive Spiritualities
Should dividing stuff off, enclosing it, categorising it,putting it into boxes and subjects, be understood as stuff you do to protect it whilst it is young, like staking a tree? Thus it isn't a tragedy of the commons, but a tragedy of infantilising, keeping the water wings on or the stabiliser wheels on a bicycle … Continue reading Healing the tangled bank
http://charleseisenstein.net/permaculture-and-the-myth-of-scarcity/ At a conference a couple weeks ago an activist who does work in Africa recounted an encounter she had with the minister of agriculture of a certain African country. The minister spoke with excitement about the high-tech agricultural technologies he was bringing into the country in partnership with large agribusiness companies, so the activist brought … Continue reading Permaculture and the myth of scarcity Charles Eisenstein
http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/the-thriving-biodiversity-of-peru-potato-parkSince pre-Hispanic times, a co-evolutionary relationship built around management of biocultural resources with the mountain environment in Cusco Valley, Peru, has produced the ayllu mindset. While most studies describe ayllu as a political and socio-economic system, few systematic analyses of the ayllu as an ecological phenomenon exist.We understand the ayllu as a community of individuals with the same interests and objectives linked through … Continue reading The Potato Park
Describe at least two examples of how individuals or private corporations have tried to take something to which a community had free access and restrict this access on the basis of private ownership or price. What can you do to bring something back into the commons? I am going to discuss three areas of relationships between … Continue reading Coursera how to change the world – an essay
http://www.who.int/world-health-day/toolkit/report_web.pdf STATEMENT BY THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION Last year marked a turning point in the debate on climate change. The scientific evidence continues to mount. The climate is changing, the effects are already being felt, and human activities are a principal cause. In selecting climate change as the theme for this year’s … Continue reading Protecting Health from Climate Change