100 Locally Needed Skills

From fish smokers to button makers – there’s so much to do.

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The Five Skills Of A Resilience Impresario

How to develop a shared vision among multiple stakeholders – and the other capabilities we need.

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Design for Good: Eight Rules of Engagement

So you want to do good? Here’s how to avoid the sloppy assumptions that can underly ‘design for development’.

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Eight Commons Design Principles


Rules that would prevent us from over-harvesting the Commons.

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12 Principles Guiding An Holistic, True Cost, Economy

When and how to choose between ownership, stewardship, and partnership.

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The Dementia Care Economy

Yesterday’s G8 Dementia Summit made much of the fact that millions will now be spent in a race to identify a cure or a ‘disease-modifying therapy’ for dementia.  The likely outcome will be the creation of a Dementia Industrial Complex – and the mass production of un-met expectations.A better way for nation states to spend money […]

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Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens

“The global economy treats nature and material resources as if they were infinite, and knowledge as if it was scarce. We have to swap those two around”. (Michel Bauwens). Audio interview below the fold.  Having enshrined the rights of nature in its constitution (*) Ecuador is now exploring how this principle, and the principle of open knowledge, […]

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20 Elements Of Green Infrastructure

What is a ‘living system’? Here are 20 elements of a green infrastructure.

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28 Ways In Which Food Systems Are a Design Opportunity

127 calories of energy are used to grow a lettuce for each calory we eat. One bottle of ketchup entails 52 transport and process stages. Does that sound sensible?

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