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What role did views play in determining the fate of slavery?

In 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, African-born former slave and military leader of the uprising of slaves in the French colony of Saint Domingue, proclaimed a declaration of independence. He, and those fighting alongside him, rejected Emperor Napoleon’s attempt to reintroduce slavery, and attested that ‘we have dared to be free’. 28 years before this proclamation, in […]

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Five things we learnt from our permaculture research

By Joe Hughes and Charlotte Peart As part of our time at Life Itself, Charlotte and I were tasked to undertake research into permaculture: its general meaning, and how we could practice it at the Petit Bois Martin site in Bergerac. We went into this task with very little understanding of permaculture, but were eager […]

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MIC camp weekend at the Bergerac Hub: connections across communities

Over the last few days, the Life Itself Bergerac Hub had the pleasure of hosting Les Maisons d’Intelligence Collective (MIC) for one of their twice-yearly retreats or ‘camps’. This group was brought to our attention by Valerie, a pioneer of Life Itself who is also a member of the collective. To briefly explain, the MIC […]