[permaculture] Bioregional Governance-Strategies-US.FL.PinellasCounty

Kenneth Benway ken at arcadiandesign.org
Wed Jun 13 14:53:34 EDT 2007

I live in Pinellas County Florida and there is a grass roots movement
here to make Pinellas County sustainable. Do to the nature of our
bioregion the solutions by their nature require us to engage other
counties within the region as well. These interactions are occurring on
many levels and patterns. At some point in the near future, these
discussions will and are beginning to filter up to the State level.
There is a growing thirst from the people I meet to come up with
solutions that work. I am blessed with the design methodology of
permaculture wisdom. These design strategies make sense to people who
have never heard of permaculture. They make sense because they work.
They get it.
My question to the group is: Has anyone worked with developing effective
organizational tools sets to move a specific bioregion in a sustainable
direction? Has anyone had experience with actually defining the
bioregional boundaries in a specific location?

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[mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Eugene
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Subject: [permaculture] Permaculture and Corporate Politics

One strategy is to try to reverse the corporations classification as a
person, but there are other strategies.  IMO, there are cynical and
justified reasons to hate corporations, but there are good reasons to
them as well, including their permutations, which include non-profits,
trusts, land trusts, governments, NGOs, home owner's associations, etc.
The challenge is to demand that the corporations behave as good
Right now, a group of them don't seem to care about anything except for
short term profits, and they are rich enough and smart enough to get
way to continue this.  This has to change and can change if we demand
True, it is not something that one can change over night, but there are
examples of successes when people rallied to force change.
Whether it's Ron Paul, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama or
else, they will have to raise nearly US$ 1 billion to win the election,
that's not going to come from you and me; rather, it will come from the
who control the richest corporations.  All sides will take the money.  I
often wondered why under Clinton/Gore, the USA didn't do more to promote
energy conservation.  The answer is that all their real constituents
against it for short term financial reasons.
If you listen to the June 5 broadcast of Democracy Now, Amy Goodman
interviews John Perkins, author of "The Secret History of the American
Empire: Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global
This was eye opening for me.  Others may already be well aware.  It's
worth a listen.
In essence Perkins explains that the imperialism is not American, it is
basically the G8.  But the G8 is not what you think in that the
are beholden to the most powerful corporations.  Anybody notice that
Halliburton moved its headquarters to Dubai?
There is a fight to the death for the remaining oil.  But it's not just
The pursuit of coaltan is destroying the Congo so we can have cheap
computers, and so on.  The strategy of relocalization and bioregional
permaculture will go a long way on many fronts.

Gene Monaco
Knoxville, TN 

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