Category: Village Development

Kids Learning Permaculture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK153a5RXNk?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Check out this charming short video for a look at kids of various ages learning about different plants and topics relating to permaculture. The video description even tells us that “they ran a farmers’ market that earned over $170” that was used to fund and sustain their project! Tracker Kids is part of Trackers Earth, a Portland-based outdoor program provider. They teach both kids and adults outdoor […]

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Permaculture Explains the Political Control Matrix, and the Solutions – Part 1

by Peter Greg The idea of how Permaculture parallels with politics has been a question that has been stuck in my mind for weeks now, and I’ve been fascinated with the idea of how we can use Permaculture to recover some of our political power. The more you look into politics in the modern day with an open mind, the more it starts to resemble a ‘mutated’ eco-system of sorts, […]

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Do We Really Need Compulsory Schooling? An Interview with Peter Gray

Marcin Gerwin: It seems almost natural that when children reach the age of six or seven they go to school. The idea of compulsory schools seems obvious and it is rarely questioned. However, one may start to wonder if forcing children to learn is an effective way to provide education at all. We learn easier when we want to do it rather than when we are told to. Is it […]

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Urban Agriculture in Haiti

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0EDxIpEhVo?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> With the fourth installment of ‘Permaculture in Latin America’, I invite you to take a look at a video on urban gardening in Haiti, and consider such initiatives in the context of the natural disasters that have besieged it constantly since 2010. One of the first things I asked my PDC teacher about was if there was some sort of permaculture disaster relief program or group, since […]

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Grow Heathrow: Response to Comments

Photo: Transition Heathrow Having received some rather interesting comments on the article about Grow Heathrow, I felt it worthwhile to expand upon some of the issues surrounding the project. As it says in my article (1), the legal situation of Grow Heathrow is far from certain and court proceedings against the people who set up the project actually began a few months into it. However, the project is still going […]

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Community Action at Earthship Building Workshops

People are ditching mortgages and finding community through earthship building The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in accessible earthship building and sustainable lifestyle workshops across Australia and Internationally. The basic message for participants is empowerment through action and networking which provides the opportunity for communities and individuals to develop skills and community support for building and other types of projects that rely upon voluntary labour — similar […]

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Exploring Sustainable Livelihoods in Laikipia (Kenya)

Elin Lindhagen, Director, PRI-Kenya Some members of the women’s group Since it started in 2013, the Laikipia Permaculture Project in Kenya has rapidly grown with the help of the inexhaustible passion of Joseph Lentunyoi, founder and manager of the project. From the first women’s group, Nabulu, which approached the newly established Laikipia Permaculture Centre, wanting help and advice on how to grow their aloe, combat pests, improve productivity and also […]

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Jared Diamond: How Societies Can Grow Old Better (TED video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPGwA7t6bpI?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> There’s an irony behind the latest efforts to extend human life: It’s no picnic to be an old person in a youth-oriented society. Older people can become isolated, lacking meaningful work and low on funds. In this intriguing talk, Jared Diamond looks at how many different societies treat their elders — some better, some worse — and suggests we all take advantage of mature experience.

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Argentina

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cbLlJr6KyY?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Previously on this series, I featured a video on the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador. Today, we move to the south of this beautiful continent for an exploration of bio-construction in the Argentine Patagonia. Take a look at this meditative video that features images from a bio-construction event that took place in the town of El Bolsón, Patagonia, in 2011.

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The Missing Part of the Internet – Collaborative Decision-Making Made Easy with Loomio

The world needs a better way to make decisions together “The new era of digital democracy is one source of hope. New formats for web-based participation, like Loomio, and enablers of grassroots engagement… are flourishing.” — The Huffington Post Democracy isn’t just about politics — it’s people getting together and deciding how things should be. It’s a skill we can practice with people wherever we are: in our workplaces, our […]

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Elections: Understanding the Invisible Structures – an Interview with Peter Emerson

Peter Emerson is the director of the de Borda Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a leading authority on voting systems for use in both decision-making and elections. See a previous interview with Peter here. Marcin Gerwin: This autumn we will have local elections in Poland and instead of the proportional representation a new electoral system will be used in most places — first-past-the-post. Some politicians say that it […]

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Permaculture Seed Planting on Holiday

I spent the last two months in the Philippines, and had a great experience with seed planting with local kids in the neighborhood. After devouring as many of the cheap and delicious tropical fruits I can get my hands on (especially durian, mango, gaisano, mangosteen, avocado) I’ve been saving the seeds as much as possible, and recently decided to go out with some friends and plant some of them into […]

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