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Of mulch and massages – Jonathan Dawson

Of mulch and massages – Jonathan Dawson

Published on January 29, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

Written by Jonathan Dawson and originally posted on the Schumacher College website 25 tonnes of mulch, 25 fruit trees, a radio show, £2,000 in donations and pre-sales, a horse paddock …..and a scattering of massages and free lunches………. What do they have in common?   All were donated to the School Farm’s newly-launched community-supported agriculture (CSA) scheme at […]

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How we did it: Totnes local enterprise incubator

How we did it: Totnes local enterprise incubator

Published on January 23, 2014 in Blog with 1 Comment

Written by Frances Northrop, Manager, Transition Town Totnes. Originally posted on Transition Town Totnes and reposted here with permission. In September we will officially open the REconomy Centre, Totnes – a new enterprise workplace. This will mark the end of a journey that has been relatively long (over two years) but, because of the relationships we […]

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Is debt a dirty word?

Is debt a dirty word?

Published on December 13, 2013 in Blog, Energy, Finance with 2 Comments

Very interesting question posed in today’s guest blog from Alex Germanis of Pure Leapfrog….   In the subsequent fallout from the war on Wonga, has debt once again become the bad guy? There certainly are unpalatable consequences to bad debt, yet throughout human history we have used debt, whether in barter-based economies or today’s complex […]

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Experiments in a new local economics (UK)

Experiments in a new local economics (UK)

Published on December 5, 2013 in Blog with 5 Comments

This article was originally written by New Start magazine. We’re reposting here with gratitude and full credits given to New Start.   Across the UK places are rethinking local economic development. Recession and austerity may have prompted the rethink but, for many areas, the new economics is proving a more effective and equitable way to create […]

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ClearlySo and raising capital for social enterprises

ClearlySo and raising capital for social enterprises

Published on May 28, 2013 in Blog, Finance with 0 Comments

Simon Evill is social business manager for ClearlySo, the gatekeeper to its capital raising services and consultant to new members. Here he gives a timely review of ClearlySo’s activities in the social enterprise sector and delivers some useful advice to social entrepreneurs looking for investment to scale up.     ClearlySo is a financial intermediary […]

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Carbon Leapfrog and support for community energy projects

Carbon Leapfrog and support for community energy projects

Published on May 20, 2013 in Blog, Energy with 1 Comment

We are at an interesting junction in the evolution of community energy in the UK. The path to creating ownership of energy generation at the local level has never been easy, but as we make our way through 2013, it seems that the government has finally awakened to the cause, and community energy groups are […]

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