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Permaculture in the Cities – An Interview with Geoff Lawton

You especially need permaculture in a city. It’s even more beneficial in a city than it is in a rural landscape.

A shorter working week is possible

It was predicted in the 1930 by the economist John Maynard Keynes that thanks to the technological innovations, people in the twenty-first century will not have to work more than 15 hours a week. But here we are in the twenty-first century and many people in the industrialized world are in a hurry all the time and they have very little free time left.

Majority Voting is Inadequate

There is no justification for majority rule.

Do We Really Need Economic Growth?

The central point of economic policy is maintaining or increasing economic growth...Do you think it’s a realistic approach? An interview with Richard Heinberg for the Polish site Dziennik Opinii.

Improving Democracy Through Deliberation

The difficulties that relate to modern democracy probably start with the use of that term.

The Social Factor in Sustainable Architecture

I was recently struck by photographs of energy-efficient houses that were described as ’sustainable’ — built mostly with natural or recycled materials and even finished with environmentally friendly paint — however, they looked like regular modernist buildings. Can modernist architecture be called sustainable, if only ecological techniques are used? Or, is there still something missing?

Democracy Comes to Town

On the 6th of May the city council of Sopot in Poland has passed a landmark resolution that starts the process of participatory budgeting in our city. It means that the citizens of Sopot will have a direct say in what the public funds are spent on. We’re beginning with a modest amount of 1.1 million USD – I say “modest”, because it’s less than 1% of the total budget expenditure. Nevertheless, …

Making democracy work

Something extraordinary happened in our city, Sopot in Poland: four out of five candidates for city mayor declared that they would like to introduce participatory budgeting. Participatory budgeting means that citizens are directly involved in deciding what the funds from the city budget are spent on. It is a great opportunity to make a turn towards sustainability, and for Transition …

Rediscovering Democracy

Many people see governments with ministers and presidents as the only way of ruling a country, even in democratic systems. It may seem that since all countries are now ruled by some form of government -- parliamentary, presidential or monarchal -- it must have always been like that. Well, it wasn’t.

Towards Local Democracy

It’s been more than a year since we’ve started our initiative in Sopot, Poland. It has the same aim as the Transition initiatives, however we have decided to focus on local democracy first. Democracy helps to eliminate the struggles of political parties and it weakens vested interests. What we have also quickly realized is that even if you come up with a great plan for improving public …