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Handouts & Briefing Sheets

I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – 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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I like detail. One of my specialisms is scouring huge amounts of information and then writing reports about it. However, in order to communicate the essential facts it's necessary to strip down any issue to its bare essentials and write a short brief about it in an accessible format. That is the essence of a 'handout'.

The essence of producing a good handout isn't summarizing content. It's about 'distance education'. Explaining the facts of why a situation exists, not simply what defines the issue.

The purpose of writing a short, self-contained package is to provide the essential knowledge to act. Handouts are a means of communicating the facts to enable people to effect change – either outwardly by taking public action, or inwardly by encouraging personal changes in attitudes.

This section of the archive contains various types of handouts. Some are stand-alone; others form part of a package of publications which communicate different facets of a more complicated issue.

Recent handouts:

inc image The Free Range Do-It-Yourself 'Feral' Stick-Fire Cooking Grate


Cooking outdoors is a fun skill to learn to expand your ecological awareness and personal resilience. Cook well outdoors from fresh or foraged food, and you can cook well anywhere. Problem is, where do you find the 'ecologically sound'/fossil-fuel free kit? The Free Range Stick-Fire Cooking Grate is a small, light-weight, trestle-style cooking grate designed to burn small sticks which, with a few tools and components, you can easily build yourself.

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inc image 'Fracking': Matters of Dispute and Disagreement

September 2014

The term 'fracking' has burst into the media and public debate on energy and the environment over the last few years. Does either side in this heated debate really promote 'what we know' about this process; or perhaps more accurately, are the voices most often seen in this debate promoting a 'false certainty', rather than representing the extreme uncertainties which, the latest research suggests, underlie this whole issue.

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inc image On-line activism and digital technology – From surveillance to our ecological footprint


Today we live in a wonderful world where anti-corporate activists can use their smart-phones and Twitter accounts to battle the corporate beast; where climate activists use global on-line information systems to help people chart their carbon footprint; and where social media allows people to click a button to ask their elected representatives to "save the planet"... Does no one else see the cruel irony here?

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inc image War machines, cyberwarfare and democracy – is resistance futile?


I have to compose some ideas for a speech I'm giving tomorrow at the USAF Croughton peace rally. I could do it sat in front of a computer, but as I know all the relevant material I decide to do it on an evening walk instead. Climbing out of the valley through Banbury, on reaching the southern flank of Crouch Hill1 I see, glancing over my shoulder, the object of my solitary dialogue shining in the low-angle sunlight.

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inc image Free Range Sheet A1: Fracking, Do Something! – Action on unconventional gas

March 2013

As we reach the limits to growth the certainties that underpin the modern economic system are failing. As 'easy to produce' oil and gas deplete the energy industry is seeking more extreme fuel sources, from deep ocean drilling to tar sands. 'Unconventional gas' is a series of technologies that seek to get natural gas from hard to produce/unconventional sources of rock. This sheet looks at the legal and procedural issues related to the development of unconventional gas in the UK, and how the public can intercede at each stage in order to oppose these developments.

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