[permaculture] bigger than Obama and Peak Oil

Nicholas Roberts nicholas at themediasociety.org
Tue Feb 10 02:33:37 EST 2009

Tom, John, all

I am re-introducing a former school friend, colleague and community
organiser Richard De Martin

Richard has done a lot of work organising the Cultural Stomp and other
social and community events in Newcastle...

as well as community organising and community development Richard is quite
active in the multifaith and interfaith movement

I have asked Richard if he is interested in taking on a community organiser
role for some of the too many project ideas that I have recklessly tossed
around and that Tom has been generous enough to support

I will forward Richard some of the email threads from past

Nicholas Roberts
[im] skype:niccolor

On Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 9:58 PM, Tom Toogood <ecoed at dodo.com.au> wrote:

> Yes Nick, if we Permies miss showing the paths out of  the financial
> crisis'
> causes like peak debt etc, as our no. 1 priority now, we'll miss the boat
> of
> relevance and influence.
> Evidence for this is: Transition Towns founder
> Rob Hopkins reported in UK Permaculture magazine (late in 2008)that a year
> or 2 after the TT project had first engaged the community in Totnes, a
> survey was made asking them, what elements of the TT package did you find
> the most memorable and impressive? (or very similar ques) and the most
> common answer was, "the local currency element"  (not the new community
> gardens, or car-sharing, or the great workshops etc.)
> The local currency was a well researched (with help of an eco-economist at
> Schumaker college) improvement of the LETS system, with very impressive
> paper notes currency designed by a professional artist. Small businesses
> were
> Especially targeted and got involved well, so customers could buy their
> goods using the local currency, as well as the usual LETS community
> trading.
> I agree the peasant farmers movement may well deserve the front leadership
> position, they are not as subconsciously corrupted by years of capitalist
> consumption-mad decadence as most of us, although we try to move to higher
> ethics with Permaculture....but involvement of the ever-growing middle
> class, including Chinese and Indian, is essential, given their big balance
> of power in elections, and the TT movement is best chance yet of involving
> them.
> I'll ask Cheryl Kernot & the Bendigo Bank guy & local council community
> events officers re suitable expo/workshops dates.
> Cheers, Tom T
> -----Original Message-----
> From: niccolo.roberts at gmail.com [mailto:niccolo.roberts at gmail.com] On
> Behalf
> Of Nicholas Roberts
> Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 3:28 PM
> To: permaculture; Tom Toogood; John Shiel; binnah pownall;
> jesseekerjane at gmail.com; Daniel Rossi; D; Peter Wood
> Subject: bigger than Obama and Peak Oil
> for those involved in permaculture and sustainability type activism -
> can I suggest people broaden the concernes from Peak Oil and Climate
> Change - to Peak Debt, Fair Share and People Care
> strengthen the People Care and Fair Share as well as Earth Care
> consider the Op-Eds from the Ny Times and The Economists below;
> The World Social Forum
> Dear capitalists, admit you got it wrong
> Feb 5th 2009 | BELÉM
> Buoyed up by a crisis and with five presidents in attendance, the
> international left has ideas for fixing the world that a neoliberal
> might recognise
> http://www.economist.com/world/international/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13061
> 828&source=hptextfeature<http://www.economist.com/world/international/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13061%0A828&source=hptextfeature>
> Slumdogs Unite!
> Published: February 7, 2009
> SOMEDAY historians may look back at Tom Daschle's flameout as a minor
> one-car (and chauffeur) accident. But that will depend on whether or
> not it's followed by a multi-vehicle pileup that still could come.
> Even as President Obama refreshingly took responsibility for having
> "screwed up," it's not clear that he fully understands the huge forces
> that hit his young administration last week.
> The tsunami of populist rage coursing through America is bigger than
> Daschle's overdue tax bill, bigger than John Thain's trash can, bigger
> than any bailed-out C.E.O.'s bonus. It's even bigger than the Obama
> phenomenon itself. It could maim the president's best-laid plans and
> what remains of our economy if he doesn't get in front of the mounting
> public anger.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/opinion/08rich.html?_r=3
> --
> Nicholas Roberts
> [im] skype:niccolor

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