Permaculture Education and Research in USA: Expanding Connectivity Between Islands of Fertility

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Giving opportunities for young people to make a living improving the world is the great need of the hour As more and more people in developed nations (and the USA in particular) become aware of the effects of their personal decisions on ecologies and economies at local and global scales, both the supply and demand… Read more »

Video Spotlight on Kotare Village (New Zealand)

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You’ll enjoy this little video, a nice collage of thoughts and scenery and developing community integration. This is Kotare Village in the North Island of New Zealand, where PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute) is making excellent headway into creating a model community where freedom of individual expression is combined with cohesion of collective purpose. And,… Read more »

Thoughts on Vocational Training Centers for Ecological Restoration

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John D. Liu I’m often asked “What can I do to help?” to restore the Earth. Over the years I’ve struggled with the answer. Sometimes I feel like it is unfair to ask me what someone else should do because even if I told them what I thought they probably wouldn’t do it. I think… Read more »

Permaculture: A Call for Diversity

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Sri Lankan tea plantation worker Photograph © copyright Craig Mackintosh For the past year, I have been circumnavigating the world as a curious observer, student, and wwoofer. After undergraduate studies, I wanted to balance the Darwinian culture of academia with a paradigm that encouraged humility and knowledge sharing within a global civil society. I took… Read more »

The Shared Patterns of Indigenous Culture, Permaculture and Digital Commons

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by David Bollier Joline Blais Rarely have I read an essay that knits together some very different commons with such wisdom and depth. Joline Blais’ 2006 essay, “Indigenous Domain: Pilgrims, Permaculture and Perl,” is a wonderfully insightful analysis that reveals the underlying unity and logic of commons principles. Her piece appeared in Intelligent Agent (vol…. Read more »

Kotare Village and Community Development – Your New Zealand Opportunity

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To confidently face the many challenges that the future holds for us, we need new models for living lightly on Earth and for building resilience into our communities. We can’t expect that we can merely change our intentions and the existing economic, physical and social structures will magically serve our new intentions with ‘green’ add-ons…. Read more »

Worldwide Permaculture Network – Project Type Descriptions

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Welcome to the new year everyone. The first live, public launch of the Worldwide Permaculture Network is imminent. There are just a few things to tidy up, and then you can all ‘have at it’. I could use your feedback on the below. Here you’ll find draft descriptions of the project ‘types’ that can be… Read more »

Making The Case For Earth Repair Work – Part 2

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Over the past couple of years, there has been quite a bit of attention paid to the purchase of massive amounts of agricultural land by rich countries and corporate entities in the developing world. Craig Mackintosh wrote about this on this site, as have many other very informative reports and press stories. To summarize, there… Read more »

Letters from Chile – Building Community Around a Permaculture University

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Editor’s Note: This is Part IX of a series. If you haven’t already, be sure to catch Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII and Part VIII! My time in Chile is almost at an end. But, before I go, I want to share with you the present… Read more »

Save the World, Without Giving Your Money Away!

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Editor’s Note: There are still places available on the April 17-30 PDC in Morocco – you’re encouraged to book now! Andy’s side-offer, described below, may well be another good reason to go – as while taking the course you have opportunity to check out a very affordable investment opportunity that may pay dividends in more… Read more »

Permaculture Master Plan: Planting up the Global Garden

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You’re trying to say that you can live in the modern way and continue to think in the traditional way. That’s not true. The way you live affects the way you think. – Danny Billie, Traditional Seminole I’d like to recount here my impressions of the PRI, and how different it is from many other… Read more »

Laying the Groundwork for a New Intentional Community in New Zealand

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Shifts and Closures The Koanga Institute originally developed out of a mission to save heritage seeds in New Zealand. Over a period of 20 years it has built up a national collection of over 700 varieties, which are regularly grown out, distributed and maintained. For most of the last 20 years this was done just… Read more »