Category: Village Development

Manhattan in Colombia: TED Says Food Matters Everywhere

Looking Down on La Juanita Finca Verde TED Talks, for some time, have been something I’ve loosely disregarded. They were interesting, informative, and free, but my friend Bryant Hand was just a little too eager to share them with me. Perhaps I thought I was too young (2 years less than him) and too hip (I have a beard past my figurative collar while he actually wears dress shirts), but […]

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Building the New Commons

Humanity’s strength is in groups. In fact, It is our way of cooperating and communicating together in small and large groups that has allowed us to become a dominant form of life on Earth.

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Support City Repair’s Village Building Convergence 2014 (Portland, Oregon, USA)

City Repair is an organization that uses permaculture, natural building and art to catalyze grassroots sustainable culture-building or ‘placemaking’. Placemaking inspires creativity. Inherently, architecture, landscape, and nourishment are interconnected and all needs are met for all on Earth. By reclaiming and creating common gathering spaces for neighborhood communities, a village is born. Isolation encouraged by the colonial urban grid and profit-driven real estate corporations is reversed and our social ecology […]

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How a Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change

It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today. It’s easy to not think about the looming climate crisis. For one thing, it’s depressing to ponder the misery ahead if we don’t take drastic steps now to curb greenhouse emissions. It’s even more depressing when you consider that even the most modest steps to reduce carbon use in the US have been derailed […]

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Bicycle Share Fact Sheet

The prevalence of bicycles in a community is an indicator of our ability to provide affordable transportation, lower traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, increase mobility, and provide exercise to the world’s growing population. Bike-sharing programs are one way to get cycles to the masses. In early 2014, some 600 cities in 52 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of more than 570,000 bicycles.

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Reconnecting Architects with the Community

Marcin Gerwin: It happens quite often that when a new building is completed many people see it as unpleasant or even hostile, while at the same time the architects claim that it is a great work of art. This difference in opinion is quite striking. Why do you think it happens?

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Democracy and Diversity Can Mend Broken Food Systems – Final Diagnosis from UN Right to Food Expert

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger. “The eradication of hunger and malnutrition is an achievable goal. However, it will not be enough to refine the logic of our food systems – it must instead be reversed,” […]

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This Collapse is a ‘Crisis of Bigness’

Living through a collapse is a curious experience. Perhaps the most curious part is that nobody wants to admit it’s a collapse. by Paul Kingsnorth The results of half a century of debt-fuelled “growth” are becoming impossible to convincingly deny, but even as economies and certainties crumble, our appointed leaders bravely hold the line. No one wants to be the first to say the dam is cracked beyond repair. To […]

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Cuba Permaculture Pilgrimage (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz7PqsPTRqk?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Come along for a retrospective look at the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence (IPC11) that was hosted by Cuba in late 2013, and witness the experience through the lens of Andrew Millison.

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Designing Authentic Community

Humankind can never do the important work of re-designing our agricultural systems on a community scale with dysfunctional and alienated communities. This is the core wisdom of permaculture: permanent (i.e. stable) culture for permanent agriculture. But, we need to re-design these systems as soon as possible, because our unsustainable and unstable reality is catching up with us quickly and creating much suffering! Dunbar’s number I’ve been thinking a lot about […]

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Bolivia

The following two videos showcase Permaculture meetings in Bolivia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu13jPkPaOo?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> This first video showcases a pond and garden being made with Super-Adobe, in Samaipata. The instructor, Daniel Ardita, highlights the importance of building with dirt found in the land itself, and gives us a bit of background knowledge on this relatively new building technique, which came about in the 1990s. Next up, we hear from Daniel Arce, once […]

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Finding Your Niche in the Strangest Places: The Story of Farmwell

This 3 minute video shows how it took a personal crises, a 5-year ultra-low budget trip around the world and a romance with permaculture to discover my niche in life. It tells the story of Farmwell — how any local farmer or food hub can now jumpstart their business online with easy access to the same technology that global corporations have used to take over the world.

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