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The City And The Commons
Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice, Featured, Green Ideas in Action, How we'll make change, Responses, Social Justice, Theory for what's next

The City And The Commons

Responding to Tim Hollo’s article Towards Ecological Democracy, Natalie Osborne explores the implications of these ideas for cities, arguing that urban commoning demands what will be, for many of us, a radical reimagining of land, boundaries, and notions of property and ownership that directly challenge capitalist modes of relations. I’d like to start this piece by paying my respects to the... Read More

by , 11 months ago


Ecological Sustainability, Economic Justice, Green Ideas in Action, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice, What alternatives?

The Commons: What, Why And How?

The commons is one of the key ideas that we can make use of in our efforts at developing a postcapitalist politics.  In his keynote address at the Green Institute’s Conference, Everything is Connected, in October 2017, Dr Stephen Healy, discusses the what, why and how of commoning. [...]

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by Stephen Healy , 11 months ago


Green Ideas in Action, Social Justice

Why A Universal Basic Income Can Address Historic, Gender And Material Inequities

Reclaiming social value, not just material pricing Arguments for a Universal Basic Income in Australia face particular local cultural, economic and social pitfalls. Unlike many other western style democracies, the Australian welfare system of payments is noncontributory (i.e. paid out of general tax revenue), and we have no tradition of public equity entitlements. [...]

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by , 12 months ago


Green Ideas in Action, Participatory Democracy, Responses, Uncategorised

The Trouble With Consensus Is … We Don’t Do It Enough

Co-founder of the Victorian Greens Facilitators Network, Jim Buckell, responds to Sarah Maddison In her interview with Clare Ozich in Green Agenda, Sarah Maddison puts consensus decision making under the spotlight. In doing so, she perpetuates some common myths: it’s too slow; makes for bad decisions; marginalises dissent. Then she advances a new one (to me anyway): it can apparently... Read More

by Jim Buckell , 2 years ago


Ecological Sustainability, Green Ideas in Action

Forests Not Woodlots

This article was written in response to Rosemary Beaumont’s article: It is Everyone’s Forest Rosemary Beaumont’s article is timely. The Great Southern Forest is part of a larger picture which will see the fate of over 6 million hectares of Australia’s most loved native forests decided between now and 2021. Either they will be handed to the logging industry for... Read More

by , 2 years ago


Ecological Sustainability, Featured, Green Ideas in Action

It is everyone’s forest

Australia’s magnificent biodiverse and carbon-dense public native forests are facing a critical moment. The catalyst being the state by state re-evaluation of the 20 year old Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs), over the next two years. [...]

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by Dr Rosemary Beaumont , 2 years ago


Featured, Green Ideas in Action, Uncategorised, What alternatives?

Towards a four-day work week

We started the company, two of us in a room, working five eight-hour days, and late if we had to: the same hours we were used to at the advertising agency we’d just left, scrounging for work, taking what we could get. Little by little we got better at what we did, and after two or three years we’d improved... Read More

by , 2 years ago


Economic Justice, Featured, Green Ideas in Action

The End of Coal: Transition

The Green Institute has published a collated paper on The End of Coal. The essays in the paper argue that not only that change is coming, but also that, if we embrace and accelerate that change, it brings with it tremendous opportunities to build a better, fairer democracy, economy and society. In our second piece publishing extracts from the paper,... Read More

by Amanda Cahill , 3 years ago


Featured, Green Ideas in Action

The End of Coal: Introduction

The Green Institute has published a collated paper on The End of Coal, asking the questions:  How should governments respond to coal’s rapid and terminal decline? Will governments and corporations act to protect people and the planet, or will they try to extract the last drops of profit from coal before it is left it behind? The essays in the... Read More

by , 3 years ago


Featured, Green Ideas in Action

Reflections on Green Values

Gösta Lyngå has been involved in Green politics for over 30 years, including as a Greens MP in Sweden. In this essay he offers his reflections on the ongoing relevance of core green values and their importance in meeting the environmental, social and economic challenges of today. [...]

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by Gösta Lyngå , 4 years ago