The Tragedy of the Tragedy of the Commons

Just parking this article here for reference… it is an excellent read about an infamous and widely cited essay which argues that the commons is a poor method of managing land… and why its author was wrong, and a misguided bigot. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/the-tragedy-of-the-tragedy-of-the-commons/

Land Reform from the Ground Up – Report and Resources

Land Reform from the Ground Up – Report The Policy Working Group of the Land Justice Network held a successful day dedicated to exploring what we need from land reform in order to achieve our goals of a fairer and more equitable society in which everyone is able to benefit from land, the basis of… Continue reading Land Reform from the Ground Up – Report and Resources

Walk and Songs to Honour the Diggers – 7th April 2019

On Sunday 7 April 2019 a small group set out to walk from Oxshott to Little Heath to honour the Diggers 370th anniversary. St Georges Hill is completely private land now and difficult to access, so we decided to go to Little Heath where the Diggers went after being evicted from St George’s Hill in… Continue reading Walk and Songs to Honour the Diggers – 7th April 2019

Human rights, land reform and Scotland

A major station for democratic progressive land reform to pass through is updating the human rights laws so that absolute right to property doesn’t trump every other human right, such as the right to housing and food etc… Scotland is heading nicely along this road and we watch jealously from England, please read this recent… Continue reading Human rights, land reform and Scotland

English Land Secrecy Blog

Three stories about English land secrecy   Professor Antonia Layard’s blog post explores three stories of land secrecy in England: the land registry, beneficial ownership of land, and commercial confidentiality in affordable housing. An informative read reflecting how secrecy about land ownership and deals remain part of English land developments.   Also mentioned are Guy… Continue reading English Land Secrecy Blog

Anger at government plans to fast-track fracking applications

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/may/17/fast-track-fracking-plan-by-uk-government-prompts-criticism Ministers have recently revealed plans to classify fracking applications as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. This would mean decisions regarding fracking applications would be made by government-appointed planning inspectors at a national level, instead of decisions at a local authority levels, essentially bypassing local involvement in fracking applications.

Using Blockchain technology to improve land registry in India

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/blog/2018/Using-blockchain-to-make-land-registry-more-reliable-in-India.html IT specialists are investigating how Blockchain technology can be used to make the land registry in India more reliable and accountable.  Blockchain technology allows information ‘to be distributed but not copied‘, creating platforms for sharing information that cannot be hacked.                     The project, a collaboration… Continue reading Using Blockchain technology to improve land registry in India