[permaculture] Help. Free gifts.
keithdj at mindspring.com
Sun Jan 14 01:30:22 EST 2007
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Another Kind of Energy or ComPost-Modernism
<http://www.permacultureactivist.net/PeterBane/Jean_Pain.html> by Peter Bane
Between the Ice and Ocean: The Rising Tide
**Lessons In Village Design
Keystones and Cops: An Eco-Mystery Thriller
by Peter Bane
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
<http://www.globalpublicmedia.com/articles/657> by Megan Quinn
** <http://patternliteracy.com/sustag.html>Is Sustainable Agriculture an
Oxymoron? <http://patternliteracy.com/sustag.html> by Toby Hemenway
Not - A Critical Look at Peak Oil Catastrophism
Learning from the Ecological Engineers: Watershed Wisdom of the Beaver
<http://www.permacultureactivist.net/articles/Beavers.htm> byToby Hemenway
Unleashing Abundance as a Community Response to Peak Oil: Designing
Energy Descent Pathways
<http://www.permacultureactivist.net/articles/EnergyDescent.htm> by Rob
Zones and Sectors in the City
<http://www.permacultureactivist.net/articles/urbnzonsectr.htm>* * by
Educational Paradigm for Global Regeneration
Permaculture and Energy
<http://www.permacultureactivist.net/Holmgren/holmgren.htm> by David
*Permaculture has at it's roots principles about caring, giving and sharing.
Everyone gives something and everyone shares a yield from the
application of the principles of caring.
In our Design Courses we often say that the First Principle, usually
unwritten in the Pc texts, is, "Get help." We might, in another way,
say, "Magnify the ability to accomplish by cooperating with life's
inherent excellent intent to survive and thrive."
A question that arises is, "Help with what?
The ;-) ****First Answer**** ;-) is "It all depends"....but the next
answer is, "Help with caring, giving and sharing." =-O
Seems that's what we're all aiming to be, do and have.
So, Permaculture is a broad set of root memes about caring for place and
people and sharing yields, and a few basic patterns about the
development and application of caring to an immediate local landscape,
urban, sub-urban, rural, wild, and intellectual...basically getting with
the program and mimicking what nature does well (forests, wetlands,
prairies, gardens)....making niches for ourselves and establishing links
with our life support and connecting it with more of itself.
Its the tearing and fracturing of life's systems that's aggravating our
grievances, our stress and suffering and it is the reweaving of its torn
edges that will relieve us.
Most organizations of people somehow have the intent to care, about
something, at and as their roots. We can be specific.
Permaculture design has for secondary roots sets of patterns /
principles to assist in the application of care....for a yield...which,
not surprisingly, looks a lot like being fed, sheltered, clothed,
educated, and associated with a larger sense of self and 'Other', i.e.
getting taken care of and having a sense of sufficient and even abundant
caring habitat around us supplying our needs....all the more
astonishing, by design...by intention.
This starts to address the question, "Help from whom?" We care for the
habitat so that the habitat accomplishes care of us. We care for the
air, water, soil, and light and we get the yields arising from them -
life, or breath, food, beverage, warmth, friends, and potential - with
enough to go around and, thus, we help each other.
Associate, Chuck Marsh, has been known to say that, "Permaculture is
plot by the plants to heal the earth by instilling in humans a level of
caring that has had a few billion years of experience and evolution
behind it", or something along those lines.
Whatever the case, the plot either thickens with willful cooperation by
us, or our habitats go to hell, becoming places of stress and strife,
war, famine and pestilence, ruled and ruined by unCaring.
Let us conspire (which means, "to breathe with or together") to care.
Plants are divinely, miraculously equipped to conspire, even, evolved to
conspire...with US!...so, let's conspire with them, and employ them, as
well as being employed by them. Trees are conspiring with us to reduce
the need to turn them into paper. Send electrons they whisper.
If there are 100,000 plus Permaculture Design Course graduates in North
America alone, how come so relatively few of them subscribe to such an
excellent continuing-permaculture-education-media, namely the Activist?
Trees are dying so we can get these words to 8-10,000 people. Those who
subscribe reportedly keep them as an essential part of their reference
library and return to them for reinspiration (our devoted and loyal
customers and friends for whom we are ever in deepest gratitude
xoxoxoxoxo). Readership is growing and it could grow more. Our rhythm of
publication is fairly constant and quality is improving, too. I feel
like we're on the edge of a tipping point where we could grow quite rapidly.
Evidence for this is the recent appearance on Amazon (!) by one of our
distributors selling the Activist for $10 MORE than we do. Hmm. OK.
These will no doubt turn into subscriptions. Also, WALMART (!?!)
recently added permaculture books to their online sales inventory.
Ecovillagers, bioregionalists, natural builders, peak-oilists,
biological scientists, many new thinkers, several million science
fiction readers (Kim Stanley Robinson incorporates Pc into his work...
I'm sure you can add more people categories) are being exposed to and in
growing numbers testing the potentials arising from a caring / giving
permacultural relationship with a garden, a home, a neighborhood, a
region, a planet.
So, at least part of the reason people don't know about the Activist is
that ....they DON'T KNOW ABOUT the Activist. Nobody told 'em and they
haven't stumbled across it yet.
We call permaculture "the connecting science". Connections restore flows
across edges. Flows transfer increasing nourishment and information.
Nourishment and information yield health, humor, choice, and curiosity.
It's a formula I can live with.
Anyway, this letter is a request for flow and caring and sharing.
So, uh, whattawegonnadoaboutit, eh?
I have a hint.
Lets let it go, let it flow, let 'er rip.
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