Leveraging a Job

“…Although people deeply involved in a system often know intuitively where to find leverage points, more often than not they push the change in the wrong direction.” – Donella Meadows This morning I had a realization that having a job is a very important leverage point; there is so much effect that we can create by how we work …

Design Intention

Permaculture seeks to impose thoughtful changes on both us and the land. Often these changes can require continual upkeep and burden us with chores. Perhaps that’s the lure of modern life, trading many little chores for a job and shopping. Creating systems that work on their own or very easily cuts down on the to …

Iterative Design Process

Simple in it’s form, complex in it’s function. The iterative design process (IDP) works recursively and is best used fractally. Fundamentally it is observation of all interacting parties to find leverage points that move us in the direction of goals, the greater the depth of the observation the more accurate the design. Goals & Ethics …

The Permaculture Flower I

So I’ve been working with the GLPDC to create lectures for our ongoing PDC. We’ve adopted using the permaculture flower, by David Holmgren, as a landmark for each topic but I’m thinking it works differently than we initially understood. Before we thought that a topic, say water, would manifest certain petals of the flower. Now I think …

Permaculture is Best when it is Creative Commons

A friend of mine got a DCMA takedown notice on his website. This is my respose: …If you need pictures in the future use the search tools in google image search. We could talk about the licensing or you could read up on creative commons if you need to. For optimum permaculture I’m recommending that …

Permaculture Design as Meditation

There are many different takes on what real “permaculture design” is. Maps and surveys, hours spent fussing over the contours and placement. Charettes, meetings, and design methods with silly acronyms like O’BREDIMET give us a form and a process to follow. What actually happens through that process? What do the circumstances tell us is most …

The Self (Zone 00)

As I’ve been slowly working out a morning routine I think it’s worth sharing what I am currently doing. After working on 5bx (5 basic exercises) for a while, I’ve upgraded to some yoga stretching. It’s greatly superior to the 5bx but the 5bx had a very comfortable intensity curve (perhaps too comfortable as I …

Conversations with Jesse and Milton – City Permaculture – Energy

Jesse Tack and I have been sitting down and filming ourselves in conversation. Our first session was wide ranging on the theme of social permaculture. This, our second, was much more focused as we talked about ways that we could address the design deficiencies of our current living situation. Strategies that we can easily implement …

Conversations with Jesse & Milton – Food

Jesse Tack and I have been sitting down and filming ourselves in conversation. Our first session was wide ranging on the theme of social permaculture. This, our second, was much more focused as we talked about ways that we could address the design deficiencies of our current living situation. Strategies that we can easily implement …