This is a fantastic lecture, the fundamentals of economics: capitalism, socialism, Marxism leading to a brilliant explanation of co-operatives and how they represent a democratisation of the workplace. His analysis brilliantly reveals the faults of the system and explains how we got there.
Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of
Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He
is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in
International Affairs of the New School University in New York City. He
wrote Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism and founded
www.democracyatwork.info, a non-profit advocacy organization of the same
name that promotes democratic workplaces as a key path to a stronger,
democratic economic system.
Professor Wolff discusses the economic dimensions of our lives, our
jobs, our incomes, our debts, those of our children, and those looming
down the road in his unique mixture of deep insight and dry humor. He
presents current events and draws connections to the past to highlight
the machinations of our global economy. He helps us to understand
political and corporate policy, organization of labor, the distribution
of goods and services, and challenges us to question some of the deepest
foundations of our society.
The urgency of the situation demands that we stand up and be counted. Our governments have failed us, they sign agreements, nod to the science but do nothing real in response. We have to make an intervention. Human society needs to be governed in line with the laws of ecology and society. Solving climate change means building a whole different type of society and that will only happen if we all take part. It is time for the lunatics to leave the asylum.
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” –
Extinction Rebellion is our best chance to bringing climate change into everyday language; it needs to be on everybodies lips, we need to be talking about it every day.
The next two weeks of disruption in London aims to be the spark the lights the tinder. The public needs to seize the narrative away from this corporate catastrophe and together we can evolve a new society that restores diversity and abundance to the earth. We know how to do it. Permaculture, co-operation, organic, solar powered we have to accelerate to the only future that can sustain us.
We are not innocent bi standers, the general public has obligations, . and if they are not performing their obligations then it is justifiable to disturb the population. Failing enact their social obligations to maintain and sustain a democratic and civilized society is a dereliction of social duty. We are trying to mobilize the general public
Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion
Extinction rebellion are asking three things
1: Full disclosure of climate science, lets talk realistically about this crisis we are in
2: Develop policies in line with science and the agreements we have made
3: Form General citizens assemblies to hold governments to account and to involve everyone in shaping a sustainable future.
videos: Calls to Action and an extended interview with Roger Hallam of XR
Extinction rebellion is here. The next 2 weeks are going to be a turning point in our collective history
(this is an early announcement of a course we are currently developing and seeking funding for, if you are interested to hear more please contact us after May 1st 2019)
As a design system for food security, sustainable livelihood and land regeneration permaculture directly addresses many of the challenges faced by farmers, urban communities as well as displaced people throughout Africa. Permaculture theory is easy to learn and to apply, draws heavily on local experience and resources and is spreading like wildfire in East Africa. Permaculture is also a process of developing social cohesion whilst combining design skills with a consensus approach to problem solving.
Over the last 3 years Sector39, PRI-Uganda and PermoAfrica centre Kenya have been working closely to build a team of permaculture trainers, practitioners and teachers as well as demonstration plots and training hubs. With its young and vibrant population permaculture is being readily adopted and adapted by its enthusiasts. There are already many models and case studies to offer as building blocks to achieve much greater ambitions.
We are proposing a two, 2 -week courses in November/ December 2019, the fist in Kumi, Eastern Uganda and the other on Mfangano Island, Homa Bay, Kenya.
Kumi – 12 day full PDC in English language. Permaculture for teachers, community leaders and pioneers.
Mfangano – 12 day full PDC in Luo, Swahili and English. Permaculture for community transformation and teacher development.
This second course is especially aimed at Homa bay area aspiring permaculture teachers and practitioners and especially Mfangano islanders who are farmers, teachers and community leaders.
S39 is UK based and leading permaculture training enterprise with over 2 decades of experience and with 3 years experience working Uganda. We are involved in teaching permaculture for schools, teachers and community leaders in UK and Uganda and also for refugees and displaced people. We have recently competed a 6 month contract for the Norwegian Refugee Council delivering training to refugee and host community members in the Western Nile region.
PRI-Uganda is a non-profit organization whose major objective is to empower individuals and communities to undertake sustainable Agriculture and Culture using the Permaculture Approach. We work in close partnership developing appropriate training experience and outcomes
Founded by Paul Ogola who was a graduate from the first Uganda PDC with Sector39 in 2016. PermoAfrica are a training organization based in Homa Bay, Kenya. They reach out across their local farming community to train, support and develop capacity for permaculture farming and demonstration.
Paul has developed his own training centre, PermoAfrica as well as a strong local network of farmers he has trained with his team
EK-FM is a community radio broadcaster based on Mfangano Island. Their core listener-ship covers the island and reaches the lake shore communities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. They broadcast daily in Luo and Swahili reaching up to 300,000 listeners.
Wales/ Uganda farmers support link. Dolen have been a supportive partner to our interests in permaculture in east Africa since 2011 and are based in hte same rural area of Mid Wales as Sector39.
This Council in seeing Powys as the Green Heart of Wales;
1. acknowledges the Climate Change Emergency and thus:
2. Asks the pension trustees to develop a strategy of divestment from fossil fuels
3. Supports the principles of Zero Carbon Britain and the work done by CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology)
4. Encourages the development of Hydrogen production and technologies in Powys utilising the clean environment, water and energy supply
5. Highlights that green technologies and the new economic opportunities as part of environmental sustainability should be a fundamental part of the Mid Wales Growth deal thus giving us a USP (Unique Selling Point)
6. That the authority should put in place a strategy for net zero carbon of its activities and develop best environmental practice in its buildings
7. That the authority should look at best practice from other authorities such as robinhoodenergy.co.uk with Nottinghamshire Council and theleccy.co.uk/about/ with Liverpool City Council, in not only developing local energy ownership and supply chains but also assisting tackling fuel poverty.
Revolution is a strong word. It implies many things, most of them challenging but I use it deliberately, this my friends is a revolution, a seismic change is underway and we all need to get behind it. The more we take part the more we get to shape it and the corresponding outcomes.
One thing is for sure is that the immense challenges we face are not going to away by us ignoring them.
Revolution? I am actually quoting Prince Charles of all people, not your text book revolutionary, but those are the first words of his recent book Harmony.
“This is a call to revolution. The Earth is
under threat. It is losing its balance and we
humans are causing this to happen”
Revolution is a strong word and I use it
deliberately. The many environmental and
social problems that loom large, cannot be
solved by the very approach that caused
them” HRH Charles
I am no great royalist or in the habit of quoting their words but this statement cannot be overlooked. It is highly significant. Charles has been environmentally inclined his whole adult life and mainly laughed at in the tabloids for talking to plants or whatever, but it is undeniable that he has a deep understanding of the natural world and he is absolutely correct to raise the most urgent of concerns. Carrying on our current path will lead us self destruction, a whole new way of thinking is required, tinkered at the edges, making eco bricks from plastic at best slows our demise by a moment or two, something much more fundamental is required of us all.
Don’t look to Government, this is beyond their remit, they care about GDP, banks and corporate access to minerals and markets, the change will come from the bottom up and we will have to drag our government kicking a screaming into the new paradigm, This we have to do and with some urgency too. 2019 is the tipping point year, we really have left this to the very last minute and it is going to take everyone to get us to where we need to be.
This is also no overnight event, this is 30 year revolution we have before us, that is how long we have to de-carbonise our economy, maybe a lot less. To set a course to a sustainable future we must half global emissions this decade, failing on that means we will have left it way to late to even have a chance. We have delayed and delayed, but the time for action really is upon us. 2019 is the year we set a course to a very different destination.
Please come along to find out more, meanwhile listen to this.
Alexandra Ocasio Cortez overturned a long standing incumbent to gain a seat in congress. At 29 she has a radical outlook for the future, her ambition is exciting. Radical, Bold. I want to hear a lot more of this kind of talk. I see her rapid rise in politics as a reflection of the changes coming.
You might wonder what we are proposing, what is the agenda, simply that begin meaningful conversations across the community about the problems we face. Poverty, debt, a contracting economy, Brexit but the over arching issue is climate and that we have to halve our emissions and rapidly as we can. I like the idea coming from Extinction Rebellion, that of forming people’s assemblies, we need to demand the government at every level do their job, they should be working for us and being held account by us much more. They are failing us as they are still subsidizing oil companies, holding back renewable energy development while pushing for investment in fossil fuel extraction.. there is simply no excuse for this and we will have to hold them to account.
In year one of the One School One Planet we screened this video at the school, as a baseline for understanding of climate science. Chaired by HRH Charles, introduced by David Attenborough and presented by Professor Johan Rokstrom it is an
‘invitation on a transformational journey’ Professor Johan Rokstrom
We have also invited our community to watch the ‘Overview Effect’ which documents the impact of viewing the Earth from space has had on many of the astronauts and space shuttle crew who have been in orbit.
Some Key Quotes from those who have viewed Earth from space
It is not just fixing an economic or a political system, but it our whole world view, our basic understanding of who we are that is at stake
A part of that is to come up with a new picture, a new story, a new way to approach this and to shift our behavior in a way that it leads to sustainable way instead of a destructive approach. Right now that seems very difficult to see how it is going to be, but we are going to have to work on it.
An a grand scale we are all basically living in this ecosystem called earth and everything that you do on side of the ecosystem affects the other side and that is a new way of living for most of humanity
Emergency is not too strong a word
Link to the presentation we will be discussing and answering questions about on Thursday 20th Dec at the Cross Keys Llanfyllin high street
One School One Planet is a Sector39 led project over three years to find ways to link school curriculum, climate action and community development together, using permaculture. We feel you cant teaching about climate change and ecological problems without also responding to them. Showing how to respond the problem, whilst also exploring the nature of the problem itself.
The Sector39 team decided to hold a small networking meeting to develop Uganda networks and were graciously offered to host the meeting at St Augustine’s International University, by Prof. of agriculture Charles Ssekyewa. The Sector39 team consisting of Helen, Gerald, Ali, Steve and Grace organised the event and around 20 people turned up, students, lecturers and people from other organisations that work in the regenerative/permaculture sector.
The meeting began at 2pm with Steve Jones opening with thoughts on permaculture work in UK, specifically food waste composting and linking that to horticulture training and community development in Wales.
This was followed by a presentation on the work of Sector 39 in conjunction with NRC on permaculture with refugees from South Sudan and host Ugandan communities. We developed a ten day training programme which was delivered to 40 people from the refugee and host community, who will in turn become advocates and trainers for their peers. The intention is to reach a further 200 people through a trainer of trainers programme.
The floor was then open for attendees to talk about their own projects. We heard from Eustace Sajjabi from AFIRD (Agency for Integrated) Rural Development and Kiyimba Mugagga, from SCOPE (Schools and Colleges Permaculture Programme) Uganda . They spoke about their work in permaculture in schools and the work of creating school gardens and food forests to provide nutrition and knowledge to pupils and teachers. They also spoke of the need to bring permaculture into the curriculum of schools across the whole of Uganda, following in the examples of the work in the Zimbabwe schools curriculum.
We had associates from Kulika Uganda, Magdelene Amujal and Harriet Ndagire. Kulika is an organisation working with small scale farmers to promote ecological and organic farming systems. They have a permaculture demo site in their offices in Kampala and are looking towards teaching more about permaculture to their farmers.
Rogers Wasibi came from Mbale to represent The Mount Elgon Coffee and Honey Cooperative. They have been working with the Size of Wales project to diversify the local community into agroforestry and reforestation projects inf the hilly areas of Mount Elgon, where there is a large coffee growing industry. Prices of coffee can fluctuate massively leaving people economically exposed. Coffee is an understory shrub so can work well in conjunction with other trees. Rogers is interested in learning more about permaculture and how it can help his cooperative of honey and coffee producers.
We heard from Gerald Jagwe and Hellen Aanyuaujo about their work on developing the first East African Permaculture Association. They are beginning to focus on creating regional hubs that can be representatives of all areas across Uganda. They are in the early stages of formation, but it’s an exciting and inspiring idea to network permaculture graduates and teachers across Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.
We also heard from Prof. Charles Ssekyewa about the development of the new agriculture department at St Augustine’s University and their interest in organic systems and permaculture. There is a hope from Charles that this meeting wont be the last and that this could be the beginning of a regular yearly meet up.
We heard from Benoit Musabyimana from BAC AGRITECH Ltd, a company in Rwanda. He is looking to begin organic waste recycling/composting centre in Kigali, using the compost to promote organic agriculture to local farmers.
We had around 6 agriculture students from the University that were interested in finding more about permaculture.
Michael Kanaabi, from NACRRI (National crops resources and research institute) talked about the need for more research on permaculture farming to create quantitative data on permaculture for small/large scale farmers. There were also ideas floated around that would make use of students looking for research projects that help could create that much needed hard data and evidence of the benefits of permaculture systems.There was also a note that there was a lack of examples of larger scale (10/20 acres) permaculture projects.
We thank everyone for attending and a big thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Westaway for promoting this meeting on social media. We really hope to continue this next year and to build on ideas together in the future.
Here are some photos from our last week’s work in the Uganda at Maaji refugee settlement area. These farmers were new to permaculture back in June by September they had created these and many more examples of working with nature.
The Permaculture design certificate course is 80 hours of intensive study, practicals, demonstrations site visits and group work that serves as a foundation in permaculture design. It is an essential, energising and life changing course for most participants.
Sector39 have been delivering these courses since 2006 reaching 100’s of people and in many locations and venues. The most tried and trusted format for this course is the two week residential course, that literally immerses participants in the permaculture ideas and practices and is designed to create a personal shift from ideas to action. I always like to say permaculture is much more something you do than something to talk about and the whole purpose of the course is to create a momentum or tipping point that propels people from aspirations of change to really making that happen.
However, for many two weeks is prohibitively long time to take time out from work/ life commitments and increasingly it is hard for our facilitation team to commit in advance with many other commitments competing for attention. I have been thinking hard about how to get around this and to make the courses accessible to all, as well as wondering how to make the most of the great facilites and working permaculture projects and examples we have in our area here in Mid Wales.
4 Part rolling PDC.
The idea is to plan a rolling on going course, spread over 4 long weekends a year that can serve as a refresher, an introduction or form part of a full PDC process. Sessions will run from Friday to Monday with a weekend in the middle that is open to all comers and will be themed around site visits, demonstrations and practical work as well as slots for people to present on tier worn projects, develop ideas and recruit participants.
A typical weekend might look like this
Friday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. PDC sessions covering core syllabus areas working towards the certificate.
Friday evening, all Saturday – up til Sunday 4.00 pm: Permaculture action weekend. Open to all, past graduates and potential future participants
Participants can therefore join and any stage of the course and those completing all 4 units will be awarded their Permaculture Design Certificate.
We are very keen to receive feedback and interests regarding this new proposed programme. Please get in touch