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Consequences of failure of the #climate “movement” (the first/second/third time round)

There are plenty, but here are the three that are in the front of my mind right now, besides all the dead people and all the dead species from our (and I mean me too) idiocy and self-indulgence these last … Continue reading

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Notes on competence, availability and reliability

Clearly if you’re going to embark on big (and unpaid) projects with people, it helps if they have Competence Remember – competence is a social phenomenon. It is hard for an eagle to soar when surrounded by turkeys. If your … Continue reading

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The White Flag of Surrender

It’s over. And beneath the self-contempt for having quit, there’s the rueful reckoning that it is the right thing, for me at least. For the last 16 months I’ve tried, alongside two people whom I have a lot of respect … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s New… nudist colony

Let’s get over the idea that our lords and masters are shame-able. The little boy calls it out and a) is denounced as a communist/terrorist-sympathiser and gets his skinny ass rendered to Gitmo and/or b) is derided as “unrealistic” and … Continue reading

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Meetings – Grauniad hack writes stonkingly good piece

http://www.theguardian.com/news/oliver-burkeman-s-blog/2014/may/01/meetings-soul-sucking-waste-time-you-thought Useful links in it too.

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Brilliant take-down of this idiotic word “community”

Words can hide/muddy more than they reveal. This is a double-plus-ungood thing, but there you are. Words like “sustainability”, or “resilience”. And the word “community” too. http://vulnerabilityandpoverty.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/why-do-we-pretend-there-is-community.html As people prepare for the 8th International Community Based Adaptation conference in Kathmandu … Continue reading

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Death by a thousand insults – #climate change, social movement, individuals

What’s my contribution in the global scale of things? What harm am I doing by flying to Australia and back, in the face of a new power station every thirty seconds in China or India or somewhere like that. It … Continue reading

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