A thoughtful review by Graham Strouts of David Holmgren’s new book, Future Scenarios appears at his website, Zone 5. This provides an interesting angle on the predeliction of Egalitarian thinkers to foreground the need for a ‘reorientation of spiritual values’ or a ‘fundamental change of paradigm’. Note that while Holmgren himself is clear that under … Continue reading Do Egalitarians need Spirituality?
'Transition actually looked like a good tool for the job. They were picking it up by whatever handle they grasped. They were swinging it as earnestly as they could.' - Jon Mooallem, NY Times The Transition Movement, a grassroots coalition pioneered in the UK by Rob Hopkins, is a great case study for understanding and … Continue reading Four Ways to Make Social Change Work Better: The Transition Movement and the Four Cultures
The director of the UK's Soil Association, a peak organic farming body, has been in Australia talking about a new agenda for the organic movement. There's a chance to hear what Patrick Holden said on Radio National. Patrick Holden in Sydney Feb 2009 The broadcast talk spoke of a 'Rob Hopkins effect' - referring to … Continue reading Talking outside the Box? – Patrick Holden on a new agenda for organic farming
Fourcultures received a nice email from Huw asking how I learned about cultural theory. It was while enrolled on a religious studies course that I first came across the work of anthropologist Mary Douglas, who had developed a four part typology of cultures in her book Natural Symbols. Admittedly at the time it didn't seem … Continue reading How I learnt to stop worrying and love grid-group cultural theory
Should national governments make contingency plans in case of peaking oil? In a recent report of an interview he did with Fatih Birol, head of the IEA, the journalist George Monbiot appears shocked there is no such plan for the UK. Why? In about 1973 you could collect three vouchers from the side of a … Continue reading Contingency Plans for Peak Oil
According to Nielsen's trend monitor, BlogPulse, weblog mentions of 'Peak Oil' themselves peaked on June 27 2008. In spite of such compelling evidence, sceptics argue that supplies of Peak Oil opinion are actually unlimited and will never run out. Others are more cautious and warn that not talking about it won't make the issue go … Continue reading Peak Oil talk: has it peaked?