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AJUDADA: Third day – Hands

The theme for the third day was ‘hands’ and was dominated by doing practical work.  The Council gave us (free of course) a one year lease on an unused building that was a real mess. The building had formerly been … Continue reading

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AJUDADA: Second day – heart

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I’m writing this report of the second day of AJUDADA on the morning of the third day, which promises to be great too, as we are turning a derelict building into a permanent home for AJUDADA. More on that tomorrow. … Continue reading

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AJUDADA: First day – head

The first day of AJUDADA is now over, and I’m back at the home of Olga, who is putting up a lot of us, including Charles Eisenstein and a group from Tamera community. All parts of the day were special. … Continue reading

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AJUDADA: final preparations

I arrived in Portalegre yesterday evening and I’m very excited to be here.  Alvaro collected me and Juan del Rio, and drove us to an old church in Portalegre, where a large group of people were working hard at the … Continue reading

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Charter for a New Financial System?

I read a post from Positive Money, for whom I have a lot of respect, on a “Charter for a New Financial System” with mixed feelings. It is a report on a conference called Transforming Finance, held in London just … Continue reading

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Technology cannot tackle climate change

I came across this interesting post by Prof. Calvin Jones, in an unusual place, ClickonWales  (thanks to Pete Lipman). The idea is that large scale renewable energy projects for wave, tidal and wind power, while useful, are not a solution … Continue reading

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Help me support Ajudada in Portalegre, Portugal

[AJUDADA – YouTube video in Portuguese with English subtitles. To turn on subtitles, use the captions button, below centre right, while playing.] I am going to AJUDADA, in Portalegre, Portugal, 14 – 16th June, 2013, with hopes it will be … Continue reading

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‘No local’ – Can small scale change the world? Is it the alternative to capitalism?

No local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change the World, by Greg Sharzer, Zero Books, 2012. This post was stimulated by a review of this book by Michael Ware, on a website called Climate & Capitalism. It raises interesting points with … Continue reading

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Cyprus: a test for different kinds of currency?

The Broken Euro Chris Cook spotted this interesting analysis of the situation in Cyprus by Frances Coppola.  There are now effectively two Euros, one for Cyprus and one for the rest of the Eurozone, because credit controls now in place … Continue reading

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A budget for sustainability and community

I listened to George Osborne’s budget and Ed Milliband’s reply with dismay, not that I expected anything else, and thought to myself, “What might I or people with similar ideas have done?”  So, here are some ideas, uncosted, and maybe … Continue reading

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