[permaculture] Why is permaculture more about selling books, DVDs and training courses?
dwoodard at becon.org
Thu Jun 25 14:49:47 EDT 2009
Some other decentralized human systems are science, Islam and the early
Irish church. They work or worked. Science and to a degree permaculture
have the advantage of reality-testing. They're messy, but that's life.
I ran across a somewhat relevant quote from an American political scientist:
"Dememocracy is like a raft that never sinks, but then your feet are
always in the water."
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Robert Waldrop wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Travis" <djtravis at hotmail.com>
>> Perhaps if permaculture had started out as being
>> more >centralized and democratic (as opposed to
>> decentralized and >autocratic a la Mollison), it
>> would have developed the sort of >infrastructure
>> needed to move beyond demo sites and a handful
>> >of NGO projects, but who can say?
> The present way that permaculture is "organized"
> mimics natural systems. Nature is not
> centralized, nor does it work via a democratic
> process. Centralization promotes bureaucracy and
> renders the organization vulnerable to leadership
> mistakes. Permaculture is not an organization,
> but it certainly is an organism, or rather, a
> collection of organisms.
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