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To realise that our energy resources are not infinite does not require a great deal of debate, if we look at a picture of our solar system, we can see that there is only one planet earth, and we live on this Planet, there are no fuel lines attached to our planet from others in the solar system, we only have one lot of resources on the one planet that we live on.
- Film: Resilience debate from Off Grid Festival
Panel Discussion: Resilience and what it means debate with Rob Hopkins, Patrick Whitefield, Mark Heley, Claire Milne filmed at the 2011 Off Grid Festival. We have many more talks and discussions to…
- Film: Transition UK Talk By Rob Hopkins at Sunrise Off Grid Festival 2011
Permanent Culture Now and Sunrise Off-Grid present Rob Hopkins of Transitions Town network talks about the progress being made by transitions movements through the UK. Very interesting talk about how…
- FIlm: Nicola Peel Talk- Amazon / How One Person Can Make a Difference
Part 1 - 4 of talk by Nicola Peel on Change In the Amazon & How One Person Can Make a Difference. The whole talk will play through from part 1-4 if you wait for each section to end. Filmed at…
- The Promise
a short piece about transport and transition towns.
- Reducing our dependency on money: an introduction
a discussion on how we can reduce our dependency on money by looking at other ways of trading and working.
- Film: Resilient Farms Conference
This is an interesting debate on the future of farming and resilience of food production, stick with the debates becuase there is some really good discussions on types of food production and sustainability of food production, supermarkets and local food production. Would love to know your views on these films, what do you think about the issues raised,
- Food Transition Now
A crucial part of transition to a permanent culture is to develop a food strategy and new ways of providing food, read here to find out more
- Another seedy Saturday
a description of our seed swap event this year, and how they can be geared towards dealing with climate change.
- The struggle
this piece is about how our actions can have a very effect as we move away from the old order of capitalism and exploitation towards a permanent culture of the future.
- Film: The Peace Chiefs
Tim Mac Macartney explains how the Native American wisdom can be used to hep us transition towards a better future, inspiring and thought provoking film of his talk at sunrise off grid festival.
- Fallowfield Secret Garden Project
We are proud to present this guest post from Gavin Pate of the Fallowfield Secret Garden, a great example of a community permaculture project that is developing.
- Retrofitting the Mind: Holistic thinking for a permanent culture
this piece looks at the influence of how we think as we move towards the development of a permanent culture.
- Living the Permaculture way
What does it mean to live a permaculture way of life, read our experience and thoughts on this.
- African keyhole garden
This piece looks at the African keyhole garden as a growing structure for a future permanent culture.
- Thrifty times series: One pot cooking
Explains how one pot cooking can play a part in sustainable and permanent culture of the future.
- Allotment tips and Diary: 25rd March 2012
looks at the progress of my allotment two plots as I move them towards a permaculture system for the future.
- Thrifty times series: wine making and beer brewing
Looks at home wine and beer making within the context of localized low impact future.
- Film: Permaculture allotment plot project update: April 2012
This piece looks at the development of a permaculture plot with a future of scarcity in mind.
- Thrifty times series: Keeping Chickens
a piece about keeping chickens as part of future ecological local food supply.
- Thrifty times series: Home grown food
this piece is about home grown food production as part of moving towards a permanent culture of the future.
- Permaculture and Politics
Explores permaculture and politics and how they might work together in the politics of the future.
- Thrifty times series: Grow, coppice and scavenge your own wood fuel
explores the use of reclaimed or home grown wood fuel.
- Rocket Stoves
A brief history of rocket stoves, and why they are useful for the transition from fossil fuels
- Social class and Ecology
a brief analysis of social class and ecology
- Film: Living memory, Future Worlds: Bristol Voices on Climate Change
This film of the Living memory, Future Worlds: Bristol Voices on Climate Change exhibition is brought to you by Older Woman for World Change (OWWCh!), a small group of Bristol women concerned about the future Bristol’s children may face if we continue burning fossil fuels the way we’re doing now.
- Redefining work in an age of late Capitalism
this piece briefly explores the idea of redefining work for a future permanent culture
- Film: Who says we can manage the planet?
Who says we can manage the planet, first of the Schumacher talks of Bristol Green Week, includes Clive Hamilton author of Requiem for a Species, Johnathon Porritt and James Vaccaro of Triodos Bank.
- Film: Clare Hedin: Green Economics. Dynamic Emergence
Is a new convergence possible between humans and nature, Clare Hedin believes that we have to, watch to find out more.
- How to survive the future
Want to know How to survive the future, then follow Naimo and Sam through there voyage to find a new way of living in a post peak oil world, will they succeed, will they come home, how can we help them, what can they teach us about how to survive the future!
- Film: Moving to a ‘zero’ society: meet the Zeronauts
Can a sustainable society be reached through a zero approach, watch this Schumacher talk to find out new and innovative ways people are taking to achieve this.
- Film: Behaviour Change: warts and all
Can we move towards a more sustainable world by changing our behaviour, what can be done to change behaviour, whose behaviour needs to change, , watch this talk to find out some of the ways that people are working to achieve positive behaviour change
- Film: No more business as usual
What role can business play in addressing environmental issues, can business ever be sustainable and ethical, the panel from a variety of backgrounds from Dragons Den Deborah Meaden, Good Energy's Juilet Davenport to Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation attempts to address these questions
- Film: Regeneration for Real
What does real regeneration look like asks Kevin Cloud (Grand Designs), Rob Hopkins (Transition Towns) & Tim Smit (Eden Project) watch this film of the Schumacher talk to to find out what they think regeneration really means.
- Film: Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
Is peak water going to be an issue, can water be better managed, how can business help towards water sustainability, watch this Schumacher talk from Bristol Green Week to find out about this and more.
- Film: The Politics and Ethics of Change
Is it ethical to resist corporations, corrupt political systems, to save the planet, how can we implement ethical change, when all around us we see unethical practices, listen to this talk to hear from 3 people about what it means to be ethical in the world today.
- Planting seeds of hope in El Salvador
The Permaculture Institute of El Salvador (IPES) brings hope to El Salvador with projects that empower people to take control of their lives, read more abut this inspiring project here
- The work ethic
The work ethic, is almost a given that is never questioned, but why do we work the way we do and where does the view that we should work come from, read this to find out more
- Film: Small is beautiful festival
A short film about the Small is Beautiful festival 2012, a great festival, check our site for more great talks and films
- Film: Blackthorn farm: residential off-grid smallholding talk - Off Grid Festival 2012
Film of a talk about running Blackthorn farm a residential off-grid smallholding from Off Grid Festival 2012
- Film: Edcombe farm: small scale mixed farming - talk: Off Grid Festival 2012
Film of a talk about Edcombe farm a residential off-grid smallholding from Off Grid Festival 2012
- Film: Running Vallis Veg a diverse horticultural smallholding talk - Off Grid 2012
Film of Talk: Running Vallis Veg a Diverse Horticultural Smallholding - Off Grid 2012
- Film: Ragmans Lane Farm: small scale farming talk: Off Grid 2012
Film of talk: Ragmans Lane Farm: small scale farming: Off Grid 2012
- Film: Paddington Farm: community & educational project talk: Off Grid 2012
Film of talk: Running Paddington farm: community & educational farm project: Off Grid 2012
- Film: Panel discussion on small scale food production - Off Grid 2012
Film: Panel discussion on small scale food production - Off Grid 2012
- Film: Yesterday's To-Morrow - Bristol's garden suburbs talk - BRHG @ Cloudcuckooland
Thought the transition movement was the first movement to look at localised food production and sustainability, think again as Bristol had its own transition type movement over a hundred years ago.
- Global transition to a new economy add your project
The Global Transition to a New Economy maps innovative projects that challenge business as usual and contribute to the systemic change to our economy that we urgently require.
- Film: The Reconomy Project talk - Off Grid 2012
Talk about the REconomy Project which is here to help build the capacity of Transition Initiatives, and other community organisations doing similar work, to grow a new kind of local economy.
- Film: Bristol pound the first citywide local currency
Find out about the first citywide local currency the Bristol Pound, in a talk from just before it was launched. It is now operating throughout the city of Bristol
- Film: Polly Higgins - A Proposal for a 5th Crime Against Peace: Ecocide
Polly Higgins believes there should be a crime of ecocide, do you? find out more in her talk from small is beautiful festival 2012
- Film: Odri Ighamre - From a Twig a Tree Grows: Empowering young people
Odiri talks about the organisation Kori Arts she is involved in, which empowers young people to become leaders and change makers in the UK and other countries, very inspiring talk from small is beautiful festival 2012.
- Illustrator needed for modern day radical fairy tale
Mario Molinari needs a Illustrator for his new modern day fairy tale book, UPBRINGING! NEW FAMILY STRUCTURES, he believes Reinventing the Family is the same as reinventing the Human and the State and it needs to be redesigned based around food, water and energy.
- Film: Molly Conisbee - Uncommon Land, what we lose when we give ground
Molly Conisbee talks about the links we have with the land and why they are so important and should be treasured, this talk from small is beautiful festival 2012.
- Mark Boyles new book Moneyless Manifesto now available for free and to buy :)
Mark Boyle releases new book the Moneyless Manifesto for free, a great read on how to unplug yourself from the money system and begin to live a more saner happier life, read this to find out more about the book and where to get it now :)
- Film: Karambu Ringera - Reclaiming wastelands: awakening possibilities in unlikely spaces
In this inspiring talk from the Small is Beautiful Festival 2012 she talks about reclaiming wastelands: awakening possibilities in unlikely spaces, through telling her life story and the stories of others.
- Film: What the Economic Crisis Really Means - and what we can do about it
This is a great film from Doing It Ourselves about the economic crisis, fractional reserve banking, peak oil and what it means for all of us and how people are developing ways of moving towards a new form of society.
- Useful traditional skills: An introduction
An introduction to the useful traditional skills series, learn new techniques from old skills.
- Film: Jeremy Birnstingl - Jack and the jumping gene a biologists view of sex and business
Jeremy Birnstingl - Jack and the jumping gene a biologists view of sex and business talk from the small is beautiful 2012 festival, how does sex and genes influence business practice, watch this talk to find out more.
- Useful traditional skills 1: Grow your own food!
The first piece in the traditional skills series, looks at growing food the most traditional skill out there.
- Film: Godfrey Boyle - Living on the sun how we can power the world on 100% renewables
talk from small is beautiful festival 2012
- Useful traditional skills 2: water harvesting
This piece in the traditional skills series looks at water harvesting.
- Felix Wood - Why small is beautiful is still relevant
In this talk from Small is beautiful 2012 festival, Felix Wood explains why Schumacher's small is beautiful message is still relevant today, watch the film to find out more.
- Useful traditional skills 3: Providing your own source of heat
Want to find out more about how you heat yourselves using traditional skills, read this to find out more.
- The sow and grow project: Part 3
this is the final piece about the Sow and Grow project
- Permaculture as a revolutionary force for change
is permaculture a revolutionary force?
- Film: David Taylor Green Party - Beyond Green Politics Off Grid Festival 2012
Film of David Taylor (Green Party Founder/EarthSpirit Centre) talk -- Beyond Green Politics/The Emergent Politics - The future of 'green' politics beyond simple ecology, energy and waste into deep ecology, spirituality and earth healing,
- Film: Ed Dowding (Sustaination) – The Future Of Our Food Systems
Film Ed Dowding (Sustaination) talk – The Future of our food systems - Looking at food mapping, transparency and the future of our food systems in these difficult times.
- FIlm: Chris Larcombe (Waysphere Project) – Holographic Mapping
Chris Larcombe talk on Holographic mapping for co-creating new worlds - Social Media for a new paradigm based on co-creation and well-being from Off Grid 2012
- Film: Adam Hart Davis - Small scale solutions to climate change
Adam Hart Davis talks about small scale solutions to Climate Change at the Small is Beautiful festival 2012.
- Film: Colin Power – The Harmonic Economy - Off Grid 2012
Colin Power asks How could sacred geometry, and vortex mathematics be used to re-energize a withering economy? Filmed at the 2012 Off Grid festival
- Film: Wendy Stephenson Power to the People: social impact investments and social change
Wendy Stephenson: Power to the People: Join the revolution and make social impact investments mainstream to enable social change, filmed at Small is festival 2012
- Film: Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney - The relationship between power, money and nature
Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney Founder of Embercoombe explores our troubled yet crucial relationship with power, money, nature, and each other, filmed at Small is festival 2012
- Climate change and human diet
this piece looks at how climate change effects our food supply and how we can grow other plants to replace energy hungry crops
- Offshoots Permaculture project
about Offshoots permaculture project in Burnley
- Film: Lucy Gilliam: The New Dawn Traders
New Dawn Traders is a brand new social enterprise powered by sail! Join Lucy and share in her incredible experiences, twice crossing the Atlantic by sail in 2012, as well as her empowered vision of future trade!
- Film: Tony Juniper: People Power and Sustainability
Tony Juniper shares his views on People Power and Sustainability filmed at Small is festival 2012
- Tickets for Sunrise Offgrid 2012 a good xmas present :)
Sunrise off grid is back in 2013 and its sure to be a great event for all, why not buy friends, family or yourself a ticket for xmas :)
- Film: Trevor Baylis OBE - Inspiring Innovations and life as inventor
TREVOR BAYLIS OBE Inventor of the wind up radio, Trevor talks about inspiring innovations and life as an inventor.
- Film: Ruth Potts: Falling in Love with the Material World
Ruth Potts: Falling in Love with the Material World: How the joy and intelligence of craft helps us understand limits and sets us free, filmed at Small is festival 2012
- Shale Oil and The Transition?
this piece briefly explores some of the issues of shale oil
- Allotment tips and diary: 2012 A year on the plot
A brief look back over 2012 and the work on my allotment plot
- Permaculture & Human Rights
This is a guest piece written by our friend Lasse Bresson Krøner on the subject of permaculture and human rights, very interesting read :)
- Neoliberalism: Back to the cave?
Neoliberalism has a detrimental effect it on human beings and their habitat, community is what is needed, Steve
- Requiem for Detroit - A film about what happens when Capitalism leaves the city
Detroit has seen capitalism develop it and now leave it in ruins to a degree, what does this mean for Detroit people and why has this happened asks Julien Temple in the film Requiem for Detroit.
- Reclaiming our Food series 2: Food as social control
Food has always been used as social control throughout history, our times are no exception to this rule. If you cut off the food supply to a nation or community they are at the mercy of those who control and have power over food
- Reclaiming our food series: An introduction
Reclaiming our food is crucial to developing not only sustainable futures, but also control over our lives, this new series looks at home we can do that for the benefit of us all.
- Reclaiming our Food series 3: Big food, the Major players
this piece looks at some of the major players in the food industry
- An Overview of a Permaculture Design Course
This piece maps a daily account of my permaculture design course at Ragmans Lane Farm
- The struggle: from dependence to community self reliance
It is challenge to become self sufficient in the UK and the world for most people, but there things you can do together.
- Film: Resistance in an age of austerity
What does resistance mean in an age of austerity, how can we change the world for the better when all around us we see the dismantling of our public services, watch this debate to get a range of views on this thorny issue.
- Reclaiming our Food series 4: The food fight back
The most simple and direct way that we can fight back against the control of our food supply is by growing as much of our own as possible
- 1. Occupy permaculture series: the state of play
this is the first in the occupy permaculture series explaining where we are situated in the present context
- 43 Essential essays on the commons and Peer 2 Peer theory
43 Essential essays on the commons and Peer 2 Peer theory, this is essential primer from the p2p foundation for anyone interested in the commons.
- 2. Occupy permaculture series: learning and connecting
this is part 2 of the occupy permaculture series that looks at community building
- 3. Occupy permaculture series: Community action plan
this is the third piece on the occupy permaculture series
- A Gift From Above: Capturing Rainwater for Green Irrigation
please welcome a guest writer to the website who has written about the importance of water harvesting
- Part 1 - All about potatoes
this first piece in the series looks at potatoes, where do they come from? and why are they so popular?
- How to make a low carbon outdoor kitchen for free
How to build an outdoor low impact kitchen using rocket stoves and cob
- Introduction to self reliance essentials
This is the first piece in a series that looks at community self reliance and how we can bring this about
- Part 2 – How to grow potatoes
in this piece we get down to the business of planting potatoes
- The re-emergence of Horticultural communities
Fossil fuel based agriculture is struggling to feed the world, as community gardeners and local food growing projects grow exponentially
- 1. Structures for community self reliance - Self reliance essentials
This second piece in the series on self reliance looks at some of the organizational structures that can be applied to form fair and cohesive working groups
- 2. Sustainable healthy seedstock - Self reliance essentials
Seeds are really important for developing a self reliant community, read this to find out more.
- 3. Land access - Self reliance essentials
This piece in the series looks at the different ways to acquire land for your community self reliance project
- 4. Skills for community self reliance - Self reliance essentials
This piece takes a brief look at the skills that we would need to bring about community self reliance
- Food not Tennis courts – the dairy of a community garden developing
This is the first piece in a series following the development of a community food growing project on a disused tennis court site in Bolton
- 5. Self reliance for everyone - Go for it! - Self reliance essentials
Can the idea of Self reliant communities offer us an alternative to capitalism and the fossil fuel economy?
- Community building in the age of individualism: part 1
this series explores community building as a valuable response to Neoliberalism
- Inspiring community – Daisy Dell community action group
This piece looks at how communities can take action in their local areas, particularly in areas of economic exclusion
- Thousands across the UK to learn sustainable skills thanks to success of new scheme
this piece looks at the Sustainable skills share scheme Greeniversity which is now being launched by groups in more than 25 cities and towns across the UK, cheers Steve
- Community building in the age of individualism: what makes communities tick?
this piece in the series looks at what makes communities tick and brings them together
- No place for capitalism in ecology movement
this piece briefly explores profiteering from ecology and skills based workshops
- What does work mean to you?
this piece looks at the idea of work and we can change it for the better of ourselves and community
- Individual action
this piece explores the actions we take as individuals as we move towards the creation of more ecologically and people centred world, cheers Steve
- Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal
Why we need to accept the apocalypse and learn to live with it and through it, if we are to build a new world, argues Robert Jensen
- Food not Tennis Courts - Project update
this is the second in the series of pieces following the development of our urban permaculture project, cheers Steve
- Refuse and Redesign part 2 - They piss in their own drinking water
this is the second in the 'Refuse and redesign' series that looks at how we negotiate working towards a fairer and ecologically sensitive world, cheers Steve
- Precious Water
this piece briefly looks at some of the issues surrounding our water supply the most vital of human resources, cheers' Steve
- Film: Energised communities - energy efficiency and renewable generation (research findings)
What is community energy, how can we reduce our reliance on energy through efficiency and renewables, this whole set of talks looks at these topics from a range of viewpoints based on academic research, essential viewing for those interested in localised energy production and usage.
- Film: Beyond (Eco) Campaigning - Bristol Green Week
Does Eco campaigning work todya and what do we need to do today to move towards a better world, these are some of issues discussed in this talk from Bristol Green Week 2013.
- Film: Beyond (Party) Politics - Bristol Green Week
What next for politics in the UK? Is the South West leading the way? Local politics in Frome was transformed last year when a group of Independents took over their council, watch this talk from Bristol Green Week to find out more.
- Film: Bristol Green Capital Changing the World
Film of Changing the world talk from Bristol Green Week, see how companies in Bristol are developing new technologies and ways of doing things, some interesting debates were had on how they fit in with social justice issues.
- Urban Permaculture series: creating resilient small scale Cities for the future
this piece explores the idea and practice of urban permaculture as a means of helping to bring about a permanent culture based on sound ecology and abundance.
- Community food growing groups: Bolton urban growers
a short piece explaining the work that Bolton Urban growers do as a means of working towards a localised and sustainable future.
- Industrial civilization: The return to barbarism
this experimental piece throws up some ideas about Civilizations and what they represent in a modern context
- community self reliance: the end of Employment?
this piece looks at community self reliance and the end of employment
- How to Pickle Rat tail Radish pods
how to pickle rat tail radish pods, preserving food in times of price rises and scarcity
- Bolton Urban Growers series - food inclusivity
this piece follows the work of Bolton Urban Growers who are attempting to get people in social and council housing to grow their own resources
- Food poverty in the UK
this piece briefly looks at food poverty, its causes and its possible solutions
- Gardening Wednesday: End of the season reflections
A few thoughts and reflections on the garden as move head on into autumn
- Community roots permaculture project
This piece looks at the Community Roots permaculture project and its development
- Gardening Wednesday: Grow your way out of Austerity
this piece takes a look at how we can combat the effects of the imposed economic austerity measures
- Bioneers in the age of anti-nature
Experimenting and tinkering as a key creative element to providing low impact solutions for an uncertain future.
- Be feral, be Human!
I have read with interest over the last few months about people attending re-wilding courses here in the UK and in the States. Though I have never attended anything like this in my life, I feel a…
- Seed Economics
this exploratory and experimental piece looks at the value of seed saving and sharing as an economic model in its own right and as a way of supporting the local resource based economies of the future.
- Refuse and Redesign part 3: Lets get together
This experimental piece looks at the idea of people coming together mutually and collectively to bring about a fairer and more ecologically sound future