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Move Your Money

I want to wish all our readers a very happy new year. May the next year, the next decade, become a major step forward for all of us in finding ways to build a better future. I personally see the next decade as being rife with problems that need addressing at their most root levels. Challenges are afoot, but we live in exciting times, to be sure. The last decade […]

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Letters from Sri Lanka – the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement and the ‘Third Way’

Part III of a series – If you haven’t already, please read Part I and Part II before continuing. This series is part of my work for the Sustainable (R)evolution book project. Fishing boats rest on the shores of a lake in Sri Lanka Photos © Craig Mackintosh Shattered Dreams Anniversary celebrations for the fall of the Berlin Wall have just recently ended. It was twenty years ago that the […]

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The ‘Sustainable (R)evolution’ Book Project

Have you ever wished, when explaining to someone about permaculture, you had a visual, easily accessible book that demonstrated what it is all about, and what the world could look like if permaculture design systems became mainstream thinking? We’ll – we’re making that book. The Permaculture Research Institute is getting behind a project that would see the creation of a large format book that profiles, with creative writing and quality […]

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Rediscovering Democracy

Photo: Korean Resource Center Political and economic systems can be designed just like gardens. We can design them in such a way that they will allow simple, harmonious living with nature, without much bureaucracy. It is not written in stone that there must even be taxes. Taxes are very practical, but, for example, Native Americans managed to do just fine without them for hundreds of years. And they did create […]

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Building a Sustainable Economy

Editor’s note: Marcin’s post is very relevant as the world seeks an alternative to the current disaster of globalisation. Democracy first Tiger’s nest in Bhutan Photo: Thomas Wanhoff In 1994 the government of Haiti lifted tariffs and allowed imports of cheap, subsidized rice and other crops from abroad. This policy was recommended by the International Monetary Fund and urged by the U.S. government (1). Over the years this tiny change […]

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A Better Way of Making a Living for Humanity

We are no more able to find our way forward living as Homo modern as we are living as Homo hunter-gatherer. Both ways are blocked. Living today on the infinite growth treadmill as Homo modern results in the death of our planet. Homo sapien has exploded our population to a level that we can no longer run back into the forest to make a living like the Mayan did. So […]

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Can Permaculture Save the World???

Editor’s Note: Point one – this article is circa 1998, from the now-ceased publication Permaculture International Journal. Point two – it is now more relevant than ever, so please read and ponder. The article goes a long way towards explaining why I mix articles the way I do – some about Permaculture, some about current events, the global situation, and the desperate need for systemic social, political and economic change. […]

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