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Writings on Sustainability

A collection of writings on a variety of topics in sustainability.

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I write an occasional blog about topics that I find interesting. Including: Clean Tech; Renewables; Climate change; etc - Most of my briefer and newer writing takes place there.


Permaculture "How to" guides PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 July 2010 04:31

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These simple "How To" guides, aimed at the relative newcomer to Permaculture. They have been selected because they are relatively easy to implement, and do not require that you convert all your land to Permaculture in order to be effective. I hope they'll give you enough of a taste of Permaculture that you'll want to try more

  • A Worm farm is an easy way to recycle kitchen scraps. In the process it produces liquid and solid fertilizers and worms. Worm farms shouldn't smell, and are convenient for urban, or even balcony, gardens where compost piles might not be appropriate.
  • A Herb Spiral is a simple way to improve your kitchen garden, a spiral of rocks encloses soil in which many species of herbs are planted. The rock warms and dehumidifies the soil. The extended edge, wrapped in on itself provides a wide diversity of conditions, creating high productivity in a small space, but is easy to water and harvest.
  • By growing Bananas in a circle, you can increase production, and avoid the untidyness often associated with Bananas.
  • Growing potatoes in old tyres, or sweet potatoes in a mound make it easier to harvest.
  • Defending the edges of your garden is easier with a Weed Barrier.
  • No-Dig garden layering mulch and soil and weed barriers.


Last Updated on Sunday, 07 November 2010 05:37
Self Guarrantee in Community Currencies PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 July 2010 04:55

A paper exploring an idea of people issuing their own "Currency". ijccr_paper

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 November 2010 05:39
Group games and bonding activities PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 July 2010 04:19

Games and similar activities provide a valuable and fun way to help groups work together. This article gathers together some ideas from different places. I'd welcome comments and suggestions sent to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , if you are looking at a printout you might want to get the latest version at

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 November 2010 05:33
Intentional Communities Agreements - a plain english guide PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 July 2010 04:40

I wrote this document years ago to help people understand how to produce a legal agreement for their community, but since then I’ve realized how useful it is for any community in formation as its about helping to understand what your common vision is, and more importantly the details that will make or break a community.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 November 2012 20:43
LETS Pretend - or how money really works PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 1997 04:50

Back in 1985-87 when noone in England had heard of LETS, or any other community currency system, I was giving workshops on LETS around England.  People's understanding of money is really ingrained into the pshyche and it was really tough trying to get people to understand what it was all about,  Michael's game, LETSplay, was too complicated and abstract for mere mortals to understand, so I dreamt up the following.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 November 2010 05:37
Communities of Practice in Adult Learning PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 November 2003 01:48

In 2003, I co-authored a paper on Community Knowledge Management with Jim Nichols, it was part of a project for ACE (Adult Community Education) looking at how education has to change to match different needs for vocational education in a rapidly changing world.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 November 2010 05:39