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community self reliance: the end of Employment?

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Commons, PCN, Self-reliance, Transition | 3 comments

community self reliance: the end of Employment?

In our bloated and extreme capitalist world of infinite growth and zero hours contracts, political leaders and so called experts will usually point a to a multiple of variables as to why something that is geared towards human and planetary well being cannot become policy or enshrined in law, the reasons and variables are almost always associated with maintaining and protecting the personal private profit and wealth of individuals, and the case I am going to argue in this piece is no exception. There are some serious measures that need to be...

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Community and The Fallowfield Secret Garden

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Activism, Commons, Permaculture | 0 comments

Community and The Fallowfield Secret Garden

Permanent Culture Now are proud to present to our readers the second in a series of posts from one of our friends Gavin Pate who is involved in a community growing project in Manchester. It’s been 16 months since work began.  Back then, a large fence divided two massive bramble patches.  For those who knew the land before it became the Fallowfield Secret Garden, the transformation is remarkable.  Last weekend, without help from any organisation, we coordinated a volunteer push at the Fallowfield Secret Garden, bringing in nearly 100...

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What does work mean to you?

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Activism, Commons, PCN, Self-reliance, Society, Transition | 0 comments

What does work mean to you?

In the last three decades much of the work that we did as human beings that involved us producing and making things was shipped out to countries where labour costs were lower and employment right virtually none existent. This has a number of knock on effects, firstly it has removed a lot of useful skills that people had who were employed in manufacturing work, these skills would have contributed to the larger pool of skills available to local communities, and secondly it is has opened the door to some of the most inhuman and mind numbingly...

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