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WEIRD's starting point is to disregard the status quo of consumerism, to ask, “What is required to create a good life for all human and non-human beings on the Earth?”.

The answer to that is pursued not out of 'fear', but by questioning technology and consumerism's relevance to human needs; by understanding “how technology works”; and seeking simple, practical ways in which everyone can deliberately change the role of consumption and technology in their lives.

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The section below provides a list of the latest updates to the ‘WEIRD’ journal. Otherwise browse through the site to find out about the Network, our occasional blog posts, and our work on various 'themes' that interest us.

Recent editions of 'WEIRD'

These are the last three editions of 'WEIRD', in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Go to the complete issues index to view all the issues of 'WEIRD'.

WEIRD issue no.6 cover page Issue No.6, Yule 2021:

‘The Ecological 'Lie of the Land'’

An edition for the long dark nights on why a radical change to property rights in Britain is essential to changing our global impact, looking at UK 'land rights' in the context of the ecological crisis, not simple land ownership.

WEIRD issue no.5 cover page Issue No.5, Mabon 2021:

“Research for the End of Your 'Normal' Everyday Existence”

A special edition on the white-heat of eco-research about British consumption 'on-the-never-Neverland'. In summary: We are not in a situation of having ‘problems’ with ‘possible solutions’; we are in a ‘predicament’ with only a few, mostly unwelcome ‘outcomes’ to choose from.

WEIRD issue no.4 cover page Issue No.4, Midsummer 2021:

“Thank you for calling UNTECH SUPPORT… we value your dependency!”

This tortuous pathway of disengagement, ‘untechnical support’, is a process of liberation through basic re-skilling. That’s not just about learning practical skills again; it is about building confidence in a person’s own power to discern what is right for them.

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