Anna Coote, Head of Social Policy
Jane Franklin, Project Co-ordinator and Researcher, Social Policy
"Have you ever wondered why you’re so busy, where your time goes, or how much your time is really worth?
This book will radically alter your understanding of the nature and value of time. Authored by leading experts in social, economic and environmental sciences, it explains how moving towards shorter, more flexible hours of work could help tackle urgent problems that beset our daily lives – from overwork, unemployment and low well-being, to entrenched inequalities, needless high-carbon consumption and the lack of time to live sustainably.”
"A recurring theme among early writers on decentralized production was the community workshop, and its use in particular for repair and recycling. Even in the 1970s, when the price of the smallest machine tools was much higher in real terms, it was feasible by means of cooperative organization to spread the capital outlay cost over a large pool of users.
Kirkpatrick Sale speculated that neighborhood recycling and repair centers would put back into service the almost endless supply of defunct appliances currently sitting in closets or basements; as well as serving as “remanufacturing centers” for (say) diesel engines and refrigerators.
Writing along similar lines, Colin Ward suggested “the pooling of equipment in a neighborhood group.”
Suppose that each member of the group had a powerful and robust basic tool, while the group as a whole had, for example, a bench drill, lathes and a saw bench to relieve the members from the attempt to cope with work which required these machines with inadequate tools of their own, or wasting their resources on under-used individually owned plant. This in turn demands some kind of building to house the machinery: the Community Workshop.
But is the Community Workshop idea nothing more than an aspect of the leisure industry, a compensation for the tedium of work?
In other words, is it just a “hobby”? Ward argued, to the contrary, that it would bridge the growing gap between the worlds of work and leisure by making productive activity in one’s free time a source of real use-value. ” …