[permaculture] Bioregional Governance-RegionalPlanning-OrganizationalToolsets-Global

Kenneth Benway ken at arcadiandesign.org
Wed Jun 13 16:55:07 EDT 2007


THINK GLOBALLY ACT LOCALLY!
WE HAVE THE INTERNET LET'S OPTIMIZE IT.


I chose to begin this new topic as an effective method to compile a list
of effective organizational tool sets. I have a started a short list
below please feel free to add any that come to mind.

ORGANIZATIONAL TOOL SETS-GLOBAL
1. The Permaculture Mailing List
2. Meetup.com Full Global use with a Permaculture focus.
3. Events.com To be able to see Permaculture events from around the
globe.
4. MySpace.com
5. Facebook.com
6. Permacultureactivist.net
7. Sierra Club Membership or Contacts
8. Contacts in Government bodies and agencies at all levels
9. Contacts in Commerce at all levels
10 Contacts in Transportation related Industries
11.Contacts in water management.
12.Contacts in sustainable agriculture
13.Master Global Permaculture Database (Permapedia?)

What I envision happening is that we play with idea of picking out our
favorite tools and coming up with a set or convention that would
optimize our ability to organize and communicate. If we got most of the
permaculture community to enroll in focusing their communications and
organizational activities in a central location(s) I think we could
become more effective in moving the permaculture vision forward on a
global scale. 
I kind of imagined a single core at the center.
Followed by 3 internet tools Facebook,Meetup,and some blog tool that is
central and a favorite because it works effectively. Followed by 5, then
7, then 11 and so on. (sorry just playing with the prime numbers)

Due to individuals often having specific areas of interest it is my view
that these tool sets set up pathways for us to communicate based on the
following topics (add more if you choose) without having to sort through
information we don't want to access. 

Solution oriented Topic Pathways:

1. Education 
2. Design
3. Body Politic and other Invisible Structures
3. Waste Stream and Pollution 
3. Water Quality
5. Air Quality
6. Earthworks
7. Food 
8. Energy
9. Shelter
10.Transportation
11.Human Resources
12.Health and Wellness
13.Arts and Recreation
14.Guilds-Plant
15.Guilds-Animal

	All I'm intending to do here is initiate a conversation on how
we might do communicate and organize more effectively and move our
vision of permaculture forward.

Thanks for providing the place to get this out even if you don't care
about the topic.
Ken Benway
Arcadian Design
St Petersburg Fl
www.kenbenway.com




-----Original Message-----
From: permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Kenneth
Benway
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 2:54 PM
To: 'permaculture'
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Bioregional
Governance-Strategies-US.FL.PinellasCounty

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?
Ken  

-----Original Message-----
From: permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Eugene
Monaco
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 2:14 PM
To: permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org
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
have
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
citizens.
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
their
way to continue this.  This has to change and can change if we demand
it.
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
anybody
else, they will have to raise nearly US$ 1 billion to win the election,
and
that's not going to come from you and me; rather, it will come from the
men
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
were
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
Corruption."
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/06/05/149254
This was eye opening for me.  Others may already be well aware.  It's
well
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
governments
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
oil.
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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