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Measuring Impact – a new way!

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in community, consciousness, economy, systems | 0 comments

Impact assessment plays a large part in the work of charities, NGO’s and social entrepreneurs. Providing lots of data to prove the worthiness of an endeavour has become the norm. Whilst it is important to make sure funds are being well utilised, I wish to offer an alternative to the current obsession with detailed data reports as the basis for funding choices, and offer a different kind of impact measurement that we can include in our investment decisions. This approach places responsibility on the investor / donor and requires them to...

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Dee and Clare make Marmalade

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in earth stewardship, ecology, economy, Ecuador, reforestation, soil, systems, water | 0 comments

Marmalade 2016 In April Clare and I headed to Marmalade  a festival of design thinking created to solve intractable social problems. For seven years Marmalade has been the informal, dynamic, free and open-access fringe event to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship based in Oxford, UK. Building on the event’s track record, Marmalade 2016 proposed user-centred approaches to catapult people’s efforts to make the world a better place, establishing collaborative design efforts to unlock  problems that were previously stuck. . Our plan:...

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What makes an Earthlife Steward?

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in community, earth stewardship, ecology, economy, reforestation | 0 comments

More than technical expertise or diplomas!  The primary characteristic of an Earthlife Steward is a passionate commitment to restoring life to the degraded and depleted lands of our planet. (‘Life’ in this context denotes richly biodiverse, resilient and naturally regenerative ecosystems). What I have observed is that passionate commitment is the essential factor for the ongoing survival of projects that set out on the mission to put planet before profit. In the prevailing current economic system, the odds are stacked against...

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Ecuador Projects

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Clare recently spent several weeks in Ecuador documenting a reforestation and agro-ecological project in the Andes, and supporting the Pilco family in focusing on their next goals. Earthlife will soon be launching its first crowdfunder to support Juan Patricio Pilco Hipo, the founder and leader of “Dressing the Mountains in Green“. In the meantime read about this mountain reforestation project and the Pilco family permaculture farm “Pura Vida” on our updated project pages.    ...

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Join us in Oxford on 12th April 2016

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Earthlife is hosting  A regenerative economy for rural communities – creating solutions that work at Marmalade, on 12th April, 10am – 1pm at the Old Fire Station. Come and join us for a participatory design process where we will work together to find solutions to the real life challenges faced by two rural communities, using the processes of nature as our guide. Marmalade (previously known as Oxford Jam) is the fringe event for the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. The morning will be facilitated by Dee Kyne and Clare...

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Earthlife at Ajudada

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in community, consciousness, ecology, economy, events, reforestation | 0 comments

We will be participating in Ajudada, from 14-16th June in Portalegre, Portugal “AJUDADA is an international gathering that will take place on the 14, 15 and 16 of June. Its participants will bring their visions and skills to Portalegre to plan viable solutions for development together with the local community.” Earthlife will be hosting a discussion on the 15th with the title “Regenerating Land, Regenerating Communities. Creating Wealth for the Future.” This open discussion will focus on the relationship between...

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Are you an Earth Rights Walker?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in community, consciousness, ecology, law | 5 comments

I recently had the pleasure to meet Dee Kyne, who is about to embark on a two year walk to raise awareness about Earth Law, and specifically to gain support for the law to end Ecocide. Making ecocide a crime sits at the heart of an emerging body of law called Earth Law.  Earth law puts people and planet first and ensures the well being of the whole Earth community. Earth Law recognises that the Earth is the source of laws, which govern life. It recognises that the Earth has natural limits and boundaries and laws, which we must comply with,...

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Business for a Healthy Planet: Towards a Life Affirming Economy

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in community, ecology, economy, reforestation, soil, systems, water | 3 comments

Is it possible to meet human needs without continuing to destroy the environment we live in? Of course the answer to this question is yes. But not whilst we refuse to accept the obvious fact that healthy ecosystems are the very basis of life, and as such, must lie at the very centre of economics. A system that does not acknowledge this is clearly divorced from true fundamentals. It is one that actually ascribes more ‘value’ to death than to life. One in which more economic gain is made from activities that cause death – (warfare,...

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Oxford Jam

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in community, ecology, economy, systems | 0 comments

Earthlife will be attending the Oxford Jam, 10-12 April 2013. “Running in parallel to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, OxfordJam is a three-day fringe event that creates a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over.” We will be hosting a session on the topic “Beyond Sustainability: Business for a healthy planet“. This session will be about brainstorming social enterprise solutions for ecosystem restoration, within a broader discussion of how we can...

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To profit or not-to-profit?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in community, economy, systems | 0 comments

The process of setting up a new organisation is a fascinating journey for me. Even the seemingly mundane issue of legal structure provides many opportunities for learning, and for questioning and feeling into what it is I wish to create, and what I wish to align myself with. Since I decided to create Earthlife about a year ago, this issue of what structure it should adopt, which category it should fall into, has been one that I have frequently revisited. It still lies unresolved, and as yet, Earthlife remains unincorporated. However once we...

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