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TLP 31 – Bring and Barter 2011

March 2011 saw the first ever Bring and Barter event. Held at Dol Llys we invited a crowd of Llani-ites along to trade their wares.

And I have to say it went really well. People had brought baskets full of fantastic homemade jams, chutneys, wine, beer, bread handmade crafty things, hats, scarfs, bunting, hand-turned dibbers, baby sitting vouchers (!) and lots more . It really was amazing. There are some very talented people in our lovely town.

It’s really such a great idea. You come along with 12 jars of the same jam (or whatever) and leave with a jar of marmalade, a loaf of bread, a hat, half a dozen eggs, a jar of chutney, a bottle of wine, some honey… Everyone feels like a winner.

I can’t wait to do it again.

But before we all got stuck in to the swapathon we watched a presentation from Nicole Foss (Stoneleigh) of Automatic Earth, A Century of Challenges.

From the Sustainability  Conference,

In Foss’s presentation “A Century of Challenges”,  she discusses the many converging factors that are contributing to the predicament we face today, and how individuals can build a “lifeboat” to cope with the difficult years ahead.  She explains how our current financial system is an unsustainable credit bubble grounded in “Ponzi dynamics,” or the logic of the pyramid scheme.

Foss argues that this crisis has developed in the context of the fossil fuel age, an age which will prove to be a relatively brief period of human history. She says that we have already seen oil reach a global production peak, and other fossil fuels are not far behind; and while there is still plenty of fossil fuel in the ground, production will fall, meaning that there will be less and less energy available to power the economy at prices afford to pay.

Foss continues that societies have gone through boom and bust cycles before, examples include: the Tulip Mania, the South Sea Bubble and the “Real” Great Depression of the 1870s; but most people in the Western world today will face this crisis without the knowledge or means to provide the basics of their own survival. The industrial system has nearly destroyed the individual capacity for self-reliance.

Foss argues that individuals and communities that take steps now to prepare stand a much better chance to thrive in a changing world.

It’s a pretty hard hitting, detailed, full on documentary. So after scaring the bejeebers out of a room full of people for 80 minutes it was well and truly time for a fun alternative to ‘ponzi dynamics’ to take its turn!