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FairCoop and FairCoin – a global zoom call

FairCoop Zoom meeting

The spoken English language occasionally creates a nuance that is amusing. In English, a fair cop is slang for being arrested when you know and admit you have done something illegal. But FairCoop is not anything to do with a fair cop, even though that is how it phonetically sounded in the meeting I attended on Thursday 25 January. Nenad Maljković, hosted a global zoom call of about 25 people.. Read More

Literature and Philosophy in Tavira

cobra voadora

At the beginning of January, a jargon-free bridge was created between the complex worlds of philosophy and literature in a workshop based at Casa Álvaro de Campos. Building on a series of successful Cafe Philosophical workshops in Faro, Maria João Neves Ph.D. led the interactive discussion in English. Two more workshops, (both in English) will take place in February and March. In the January workshop, Lydia Jorge was under the.. Read More

Sunday – planting trees in the Mata forest, near Tavira

Trees for planting

Around twenty people came to the Mata forest, near Tavira, (including one family with two small children) to plant trees on Sunday, 26 November. Young people and some people with years behind them mingled and worked together on a warm morning and into the afternoon. Around seven nationalities were represented, including Portuguese, Italian, German, Belgium, Swiss, French and British. The focus was the land. The aim was to not only.. Read More

Planting trees for resilience – Sunday 26 November 2017

Planting trees in the Mata

Five years ago a group of enthusiastic people, some dreamers, some with solid plans and hopes came together in a forest near Tavira, to plant trees. Some brought along their skills. Others brought tools and labour. The idea was born out of a small community group of friends who wanted to be part of a global vision under the umbrella of the Transition Movement. So what is the Transition Movement?.. Read More

NESI – The mysterious consciousness called happiness

FV Wellbeing Group

How do you measure happiness is the question in the back of my mind as I interview Felipe Viveros, European Representative of the Bhutan Gross Happiness project. Originally from Chile, now living in the UK, Felipe outlined a narrative that is fascinating some in the Western world. Felipe is a writer and an ecologist with an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College. He attended the New Economics and Social.. Read More

NESI – Interview with Jonathan Dawson – Schumacher College

NESI Conference - Mirror

‘It is all a question of story’ – Thomas Berry It was the possibility of a new narrative that captured my imagination when deciding to attend the New Economy Forum in Spain in April 2017. The journey to the conference took just over three hours from my home on a hill in southern Portugal. Leaving a warm Eastern Algarve, I ventured into Spain, a cooler, wetter, but informative space.  My.. Read More

New – History tours of Tavira


As part of her master’s degree, Isabel Macieira has published several studies about the History of Art. She is the author of the book – “A Pintura sacra em Tavira, séculos XV a XX – estudos e inventário” (The Sacred Painting in Tavira XV to XX centuries). As a teacher between 1983-2014, she developed with various groups an awareness of local history involving the natural and built environment. So it.. Read More

Thinkers and Doers meet in Málaga, Spain for the first Global NESI Forum

NESI Forum

What would a sustainable world involve? Can it be achieved? Should we leave it to politicians and corporate interests to determine our future? If you are a thinker and doer and want to be part of the process of finding solutions to some big issues, NESI may be for you. On 19th-22nd April, Málaga (Spain) will host the first New Economy and Social Innovation Global Forum (NESI Forum). Sounds grand.. Read More

Cambodia: the circus and plastic – Eco-tourism

Battambang Books

I have fallen in love with Cambodia. We have been here for over two weeks and I feel rejuvenated in a way that I find it difficult to understand or articulate. I am trying to work out why Cambodia has enlivened my spirit. The intense orange and greens of the landscape, the solid temples, mixed with a touch of French colonial culture have captured my heart. Old art, drawings and.. Read More

Sri-Lanka – Edward Lear Prize for poetry – winning poems

Edward Lear Prize for Poetry winners

With kind permission of the Edward Lear Prize for poetry, here are the 2017 winning poems. Winning Poem by Ashwin Dias The Funny People of Sri Lanka  There was a young woman from Galle Who’s name no one could recall Whomever she met Her name they’d forget The pretty young woman from Galle There was an old man from Hikka Who would only eat chicken tikka When served curd and.. Read More

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