Recommended Reading


Deep Economy

Thanks to Rob Rickey who sent this in: 'I thoroughly enjoyed the Open Space day. I have just finished reading this book, and it is a highly readable discussion of local economy, and lots of examples of what other people are doing.' ...

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New Economics Foundation

An independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. ...

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Freeconomy

Mark Boyle set up Freeconomy a few years ago. He told the story of how the idea came about: He was in his parents back garden in Ireland, a row of about 80 houses. He heard the familiar sound of someone mowing their lawn. He thought to himself, and realised, that is a common sound, but ho ...

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Re-imagining the high street - Escape from Clone Town Britain

Crediton came 5th in a survey of over 100 towns and cities UK wide for the unique and varied nature of our shops and businesses. Let's use our town centre, support our diversity of local shops and keep it this way! Read the full report. Sustainable Crediton supporters were involved in sur ...

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The town printing its own currency

Proponents of local currencies say they boost community economies by keeping money in the area, but critics dismiss them as fashionable gimmicks and tantamount to protectionism. Read about how Stroud, a town of a similar size to Crediton, is coping. Could it be Crediton next? ...

Are you Supporting the Wrong Bank?

It would be good to think that all members of Sustainable Crediton were banking ethically. However, I suspect that a lot of you may still be banking with the big banks - those 'too big to fail' which received our money to keep afloat and are still receiving hidden subsidies. Time to move your ...

Affluenza

A 50 min US film from 1997 that talks about the 'disease' of materialism and how it affects US society. The predominant positive message of the film was that it is possible to live more simply and with less money in order to have a lower environmental footprint and whilst feeling happier than ...

The New Economics - A Bigger Picture

This book is the first accessible and straightforward guide to the new economics. It describes the problems and bizarre contradictions in conventional economics as well as the principles of the emerging new economics, and it tells the real-world stories of how new economics is being successful ...

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Crash Course

A free series of short videos together with a very readable book by the same name. It comes in 20 short sections and can be watched on the internet for FREE at the link above. A taster is shown below. ...

We're Not Facing a Shortage of Energy, But a Longage of Expectations

We highly recommend you listen to this podcast (48 minutes). Its a discussion between Chris Martenson (see The Crash Course) who we have been studying recently and Nate Hagens and joins the dots between peak oil, debt, the financial meltdown where the economy is headed, and how governments and ...

Short Circuit

About aspects and the benefits of local economies ...

Small is Beautiful

A Study of Economics as if People Mattered ...

Why Work?

A case for fundamental change ...

How a bailout works - try to work this one out!

It is a slow day in a little Greek village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a 100 Euro no ...

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Stroud Pound, Bristol Pound. Crediton Pound?

Bristol launched its very own currency, the Bristol Pound, with a great fanfare in September 2012. You can read a BBC report here, the Guardian's take on it here, and the Telegraph's rather more informative (!) report here. The notes certainly look good and are nice to handle. I gather the ...

Build Yourself

Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial ...

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Christine Lagarde: A New Multilateralism for the 21st Century

Christine Lagarde, the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund, delivered the 2014 Richard Dimbleby Lecture on 4th February 2014. In her speech she highlighted the importance of economic sustainability and the need for us all to work together to address current and future chall ...

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EU referendum and the environment

Should the UK exit Europe? There are strong health and environmental reasons to stay in the EU. Make sure you register to vote. On Thursday 23 June we all get to vote on our EU membership. Should we stay or should we go? There are many arguments for and against EU membership. But in one area, ...

Doughnut Economics & No is Not Enough Book Reviews

The attached link is to an article about the two important books Linda Lever just read. The books are Doughnut Economics - Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth and No is Not Enough - Defeating the New Shock Politics by Naomi Klein. Linda has copies to borrow or they ...