[permaculture] "certified permaculture designers"
paul.cereghino at comcast.net
Fri Jul 27 02:10:23 EDT 2007
This thread always captivates me, since my professional investment is
not in permaculture, and I am periferal to the 'make a living doing
permaculture' scene, but as someone fully engaged in professional
'resource management' take very seriously the need to penetrate the core
of society with sound ecological design theory and education.
Many professional certificates have exams... you are put on the spot,
instructed to perform, and your output is judged by a panel of experts.
Is this kind of meritocracy not acceptable -- or do we hand out 'status'
based on good intentions?
Can you assess the permaculture quotient of a design or a site? I'd
suggest that many of the characteristics of permculture-based systems
can be objectively characterized. This is a personality free assessment
-- either its Pc or it ain't regardless of where it came from. This
feels stronger to me... after all, what we silly monkeys say is less
important than what we do. We talk alot.
Otherwise we have a system of lineage. Apprenticeship systems would be
stronger if the indentured apprentice was adding value to the master's
business model. Thus the master would be strengthened by accumulating
apprentices rather than plagued. However many permaculture business
models are not based on labor-limited returns... It seems like there are
more permaculture institutes than permaculture farms, and institutes can
only support so many 'hangers-on'. However, at this point it really
does appear like a lineage system... kind of like Kung Fu or something
(imagine a dubbed fight scene.. "my taproot permaculture will crush your
shallow bird-roost permaculture"..).
In my particular version of society the period of time that folks are
willing to financially spend in a 'internship' is limited, particularly
when the financial reward of completing the service is minimal... unless
of course you really are planning on 'dropping out'. (I can imagine a
kind of idealist/realist split not unlike the German Green Party.)
There could well be a breakthrough whereby the permaculture brand adds
value to a business... it sounds like this is happening in Australia to
some extent... I suspect that in America other brands will dominate the
'ecological design' market. There isn't that 'homegrown' mystique that
Pc can ride on downunder. I'd anticipate in America that Pc as a
professional thing will be subsumed by architects, engineers, designers,
and educators that have their credentials from a source other than Pc
but are strongly influenced/
The other factor is that Permaculture alone is insufficient to provide
professional services... if you are designing land development then you
need additional skills and experiences related to land development... if
you are a permaculture banker you need to understand banking... so
permaculture is like a garnish on whatever set of professional
credentials you have built already.
Assuming of course that professionalization is the goal.
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