Author: Stephen Hinton

Walk-through workshop

What if you could buy things that are produced and work in a planet friendly way? As our large-scale mining-and-forest based systems start to fray,  many are looking for alternative ways to drive the transition to sustainability.. Platform Cooperativism has emerged as an exciting alternative to shopping from large chains and gives greater power to consumers. Programming is currently underway to create an app called “One Planet Purchasing” – helping us to  start acting now […]

What-if walk-though canvas

Use this canvas to structure your 146 initial discussions. Read the previous post for more background. What do you want to change? What irks do you have in common? What do you feel compelled to do something about? Explore how that will to change could be a product or service you buy jointly.Maybe you can see a range of productsand services. Rethinking ownership.Can you see patterns in what you are trying to do where sharing […]

What-if Walk-Throughs. The way to get started.

Wrenching the supply chain out of large corporate control is easy only in one’s mind. Once you start to decide that your purchasing will work as if there is only one planet, you find you come up against large supply chains that are telling you “no there isn’t there are plenty of planets!” I am saying this because any attempt to take control, unless you are very experienced in commerce, will end up hitting a […]

Bioregion

Isabel Carlisle at the Bioregional Learning Center in South Devon, UK, is on an exciting mission to build collaborations to shift South Devon towards long-term climate resilience. This piece includes an extensive excerpt of Dana Meadows’ vision for a network of learning centers to enhance “the capacity to solve problems in ways that are consistent with the culture and the environment.” It is incredibly inspiring to see Dana’s visions continue to live and actualize through […]

A cooperative local market could drive the circular economy

Sweden, like many countries, is pursuing the circular economy as a path to decarbonization, to the bio-economy and to ensure their economy has enough material resources. Apart from the climate emergency, pressure from population increases and rising standards are about to create inevitable material shortages. Still developing, the idea of circular economy begs us to envision a circular home, a circular neighbourhood and circular municipality. This article explores what a circular economy neighbourhood might look like, and how […]

Buyers’ club resources

The motives to start a buyers’ club range from controlling food sources to saving money by buying in bulk. Others include wanting to help local farmers, minimizing a product’s carbon foot print or simply yearning to get closer to the food system. 146 buyers’ clubs often want to do something planet-friendly. This site is a treasure trove of information. http://startabuyingclub.com/

Localwiki

LocalWiki (Follow this link) offers everybody a way to share and learn about where they live. From Sapporo, Japan to Oakland, California, communities across the world use LocalWiki to share their local knowledge. Localwiki is place to learn about your neighborhoods, about your local parks, about being a parent in your city, about history, politics – anything and everything useful and beautiful about your community.  Unlike a news site or a blog, anyone can add and modify LocalWiki pages. LocalWiki lets you and your […]

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