Category Archives: Economics

One thing we have learnt this week – pollution affects economic growth

This week there has been a first, a government admits pollution affects economic growth.  The Chinese government has stated that economic growth is going to be lower (only about 6%- although in reality its probably much lower than this).  One … Continue reading

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Robots part II

Up until now robots and automation has been peripheral to most of our lives -insufficient technological progress in AI and globalisation have saved us from it.  However this does look about to change.  Just last Saturday the Guardian magazine did … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – volunteering

I heard a very interesting programme on volunteering this week.  This is something I have been mulling over for sometime and this programme covered much of what I have been mulling over.  Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane who … Continue reading

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Good stewardship and LED’s

I have recently bought some more LED’s. With the EU’s incandescent bulb phaseout complete (at least for 240V – a low voltage bulb efficiency mandate is mooted) the manufacturers have really worked on technical improvements to alternatives and prices have … Continue reading

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A Community benefit society and fuel poverty

I read in yesterday’s Observer newspaper that a community benefit society is being set up in Scotland to provide cheap energy to households in fuel poverty.  Unlike a COOP a community benefit society is set up to benefit the wider … Continue reading

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Citizen’s income

In the Guardian today Paul Mason raised one of the most interesting economic ideas ever suggested, that of a citizen’s income.  This idea has been around for years but has recently surfaced again during the UK election campaign since the … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – economics is not working

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have spoken out today, essentially saying for many in the West economics is not working.  You could also argue that economics is not working for many people in developing countries as well.  While incomes … Continue reading

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Community currencies

Community currencies (or local currencies as we called them) are something we covered in our book.  We wrote “The idea behind a local currency (technically speaking, a voucher for legal reasons) is to help build a vibrant local economy, keep … Continue reading

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Zero growth- are we in a new era?

Are we entering a new era of zero growth with another global crash and slump?  Yesterday David Cameron just back from the G20 summit warned of another global crash.  Whilst this maybe domestic politicking there is some evidence to suggest … Continue reading

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LED street lights

I’ve just returned from a short visit to Birmingham and discovered the city council are replacing all their old street lights with LED street lights.  And not only Birmingham, Liverpool and Warrington are doing the same.  The carbon savings are … Continue reading

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