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Work Archive

For many years I've worked primarily with community groups – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.

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Twenty-five years of professional work; over thirty years as a community 'activist'; almost all of it captured on computer. The best of that is housed here, totalling hundreds of files comprising a few hundred megabytes of data.

Working with community groups, the one thing I've come to understand is that information sharing is essential. It's important to document community-based activism. Not for yourself, but to share with others so others might learn and utilize that experience.

This archive contains some of the most useful of my work. Not all of it, not necessarily 'the best', but rather that which illustrates processes or ideas which others might use to perform their own local activism.

In additional I suggest that you also look at the Free Range On-line Virtual Library. This contains a host of reports, scientific papers and government papers which provide further information useful to community data-based activism.

The files in this archive are organized by type. Some files appear in more than one category, particularly in the reports section. If you wish to look at a particular issue, the 'themes' sections provide a listing for all the files by category rather than by type.

Recent publications:

inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – The gaping hole in the middle of the Circular Economy'


Listening to Radio 4 this morning I heard the two juxtaposed keywords that I've learned to dread over the last couple of the years; 'circular economy'. It's a great idea, and I can't fault the true belief of those promoting it. My problem is that the way they describe it has little to do with the physical realities of the world, and hence it's really just a 'get out of hell free' card for affluent consumers.

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inc image Mobbsey's Musings: 'For all its faults, 'fracking' is not the issue here...'


Approaching my tenth year of research on unconventional oil and gas in Britain, it has become clear that the true struggle has little to do with regulations, or technology, or the pursuit of fossil fuels, and everything to do with the failure of our national political dialogue.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 10/17: ''Keep Space for Peace', part 2 – USAF Croughton'


This video investigates not just USAF Croughton ('RAF' assumes a level of control that does not, in reality, exist), but also the evolution of the idea of "network-centric warfare" as it has developed at this site. USAF Croughton is about to undergo a large upgrade to extend its mission. The new 'Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre' (JIAC) will create an intelligence hub in Europe that will co-ordinate NATO (but predominately US) military and intelligence services across the new 'electronic battle space'. That means not just continuing its existing involvement in various activities which violate international law and the Laws of War; it will intensify the capacity of the US to project its power using technology across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The video concludes with a brief snippet from the 'Keep Space for Peace' week demonstration and rally at Croughton in October 2017.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 9/17: ''Keep Space for Peace', part 1 – NSA Menwith Hill'


A trip to NSA Menwith Hill, for the 'Keep Space for Peace' week gathering. It's possible to say many things about this site, and give a technical analysis of its capabilities, but what concerns me is something relatively simple. Who is accountable for the acts carried out within the perimeter fence? In this short film I take a look around the site, look at a little of its history, and document the marvellous Tuesday evening actions that take place here each week. The last third gives a brief digest of the presentations from the 'Keep Space for Peace' global event at Menwith.

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inc image Ramblinactivist 8/17: 'Transgression and Change... and Rambling'


Change requires transgressing existing norms and practices. Far from being a crime, if you take the time to understand how the system works you can find ways where the law can enable you to make change through making the system fight itself – creating new opportunities for action through the nature of those contradictions. For me, the way into learning these techniques was walking and accessing the countryside – or rather, try to do so. What's important is to find your own particular interest, take time to discover how you might use the law to enable that, and then create opportunities for change by seeking to make those paper-based "legal rights" something tangible in the real world.

file icon goto Ramblinactivist's video blog 8/17
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