Craft technology for the future

When we think of technology we usually think of high-tech and big-tech, like robots and automated factories. However, hand tools and craft processes are technologies too. In a lower energy future there will be more use of […]

The best things in life

Money, where it comes from and what it can buy, is not everything. In our society, the economy gets way too much attention – in policy-making and political rhetoric, in the media, even in the education system. This […]

Handmade for good

My partner Anna is a contemporary jeweller. Everything she makes is handmade. Apart from a few power tools and a gas torch Anna only uses hand tools. What she lacks in precision is made up for with […]

Creative consumption

The ‘consumption’ of creative goods and activities is more sustainable than the consumption of purely material material goods. A creative economy is where production and consumption involves the processing of ideas, symbols, and emotional experiences rather than […]

Seven of the worst inventions

The following ‘inventions’ provide seven good reasons why society needs to use the precautionary principle. Invention throughout human history has been a process of trial and error. When an error was made it impacted very […]

Should there be an automation tax?

An article entitled “Robots could threaten up to half New Zealand’s jobs in next 20 years” highlights yet another problem with our economies. The problem is that workers are losing the ability to find jobs because […]

A biofuel future?

Can we have a biofuel future?

There are three main issues that opponents to biofuels have:

They are made from food crops or grown on land that would otherwise be used for food crops
Using food crops and land […]

Christmas on the run

For many people Christmas is the most stressful time of the year. It shouldn’t be.

Yes, Christmas is a traditional time of giving, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. But what are we giving? Ourselves […]

Soft landing or brutal crash?

Energy will never be as cheap as it is now. The question is do we act now and transition to a low-energy society while energy is still cheap, or do we paint ourselves into a corner?

Global […]

Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese way of finding beauty in imperfection, richness in natural things and reverence of the simple and authentic. It is an acceptance of the transience of nature and the natural cycle of […]