The citizen pays all, whilst what she wants is taxed and doesn’t want is allowed free.

Preparing a project to explore the finer art of taxation I created this diagram to illustrate the various fee and tax relationships that exist between the entities in the political economy. Some rather striking things emerge from this simple diagram: there are a lot of transactions going on, separating them all out from each other Read more about The citizen pays all, whilst what she wants is taxed and doesn’t want is allowed free.[…]

Secret alternative rules of Monopoly show how everyone can live in prosperity

I am utterly astonished. We have heard of the DaVinci code, but there is a MONOPOLY code. The secret rules of the game from the early 1900s show how, by changing the rules, everyone can live in prosperity. Back in the early 1900s a woman called Elizabeth J. Magie patented the Landlord’s game to be Read more about Secret alternative rules of Monopoly show how everyone can live in prosperity[…]

New eco-village design

This new design (Click on it to see a larger image) is a first sketch for the assignment to design a village layout for a project in Brazil, a village that will house a conference centre in the middle of six sustainable farms. The centre and village will get its food (and coffee) from the Read more about New eco-village design[…]

The V2V fund

A lot of people nowadays long for a different lifestyle – a feeling of being close to nature, being part of a community and having somewhere they can enjoy living with a good, green conscience. But making the change is a huge step for many. You need time to get to know what you are Read more about The V2V fund[…]

Swedish Foundation postulates fees as cure for externalization of P and N

Inorganic phosphorus in the form of the phosphate PO3-4  is required for all known forms of life, playing a major role in biological molecules such as DNA and RNA where it forms part of the structural framework of these molecules. For humans it is essential in food and  Sweden imports some 730,000 tons of fertilizer a year, Read more about Swedish Foundation postulates fees as cure for externalization of P and N[…]

The Units of Trust concept

As populations grow, and less and less oil is being found, the fossil fuel-dependent global supply chains and the banking system that supports them are becoming less functional. Relocalizing production and sales of daily needs reduces fuel dependence, waste, and increases local employment and community resilience. However, today’s financial system is more geared to large Read more about The Units of Trust concept[…]

Eco-village hosts post-peak oil Live Action Role-Play

Last week, our eco-village, Änggärdet, played host to two days of Live Action Role-Play (LARP) along the theme of how life could look in the near future, 2016-2027, post peak oil and economic collapse. Life after Capitalism! Live action role play, as I understand it, (I might have got this wrong, but this is how Read more about Eco-village hosts post-peak oil Live Action Role-Play[…]

On the Swedish co-housing cooperative’s history.,

This blog from the Cooperative BANK, JAKs, summer seminar, is in English; most people in Sweden are familiar with HSB but co-operative co-housing is not as widespread in many other countries. For Transitioners this form of co-housing maybe offers possibilities to build or convert apartment buildings to be run on renewable energy, to recycle nutrients Read more about On the Swedish co-housing cooperative’s history.,[…]

Jevons paradox bust by new emissions fee mechanism.

Many inventors’ eyes glaze over in wonder at the thought of having the opportunity to invent clean, more efficient,  technology. If only there were a market for it, the most wondrous machines could be manufactured and sold at a huge profit, they reason. And pollution would stop. But more effective solutions actually, according to the Read more about Jevons paradox bust by new emissions fee mechanism.[…]

Putting a price on emissions using ecological maturity impact

The price mechanism does not provide perfect information and does not necessarily lead to a perfectly efficient distribution of resources.  Many argue that the low cost of externalizing pollution to the community is leading us to create a fossil-dependent infrastructure that will be obsolete before it has paid for itself. This briefing from the Swedish Sustainable economy Read more about Putting a price on emissions using ecological maturity impact[…]