The part time crusader wins the long game

With thanks to Ian Lawton

I was at last week’s Greenspeak, recently relaunched here in Brighton, with NEF and Mappiness. I really loved this brilliant Edward Abbey quote relayed by Andrew Simms. It really speaks to my own experience and learning as an activist, and to my own roots: as a proud descendent of  ramblers involved with the great ‘mass trespasses’ of the 30’s, whose ashes were scattered at the base of Green Gable, and as someone who knows the importance of balancing long hours with finding refuge in the views The Mappiness Hedonimeterfrom the peaks, of dancing and comedy, of listening in awe to the sounds of creatures usually unseen. After all, if we are serious about sustainability, then we have to take it seriously in our own lives, and we have to take laughter seriously too. If we truly care about the dreams that we are working to manifest, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 5th, 2012 | Author: martin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Co-operative Principles and Sociocracy

I am passionate about economic democracy — not so much in the sense of majority rule voting, but in the sense of the people involved in something controlling it together.  Some people have argued that, for this purpose, organising as a sociocratic business is better than organising as a co-operative business.  Sociocratic businesses allow their members to participate in decision-making regardless of the size of their contribution to the business’s capital; sociocratic businesses do not get torn apart by the Scylla of majority-rule politics or sucked down by the Charybdis of interminable and impotent meetings.  However, many co-ops do not suffer from these problems either — and a co-op can remain a co-op while becoming a sociocratic business.  The opposition between co-op and Sociocracy is a false one.  Let me show you why. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 13th, 2011 | Author: nate | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off