Category: Village Development

Regenerate Yourself

The desire to create a permaculture paradise is deep in my bones, and has been growing in intensity every year since I began my studies of the permaculture design philosophy and methodologies a decade ago. Many of my friends share this vision – a homestead surrounded by bountiful fruit and nut trees, contented animals grazing in lush pastures, a root cellar filled with homegrown goodness, and a natural home powered […]

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Invest in Humanity (video)

In this compelling video montage (an artistic blend of TED talks, Burning Man, Samsara and others) Tim Jackson redefines our understanding of investment. It is an invitation to embrace a new form of economy; one bridging our shared past with our common future. In Tim’s words, "prosperity is a shared endeavor" and it requires first that we understand the essence of being fully human.

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The Global Village Construction Set

Genius farmers are great, but genius farmers who master the internet are even greater! I grew up in Normandy (France), surrounded by farms and farmers, and I can assure that, to this day, none of them can send an email and most think that Google is a very rich man. These farmers are, nonetheless, mines of knowledge; illiterate fountains of wisdom that flow for a few lucky ones — aka […]

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Permaculture’s Achilles’ Heel

There are some challenges in permaculture that do need to be addressed. And it is not what we commonly think — of such issues as big business trying to shut permaculture holistic practices down, or people just not caring about the next generations. In all honesty, if you think it through, our current systems involving big business, which are based on finite resources, will eventually fall. And people who are […]

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Why Buses Represent Democracy in Action (TED video)

"An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport," argues Enrique Peñalosa. In this spirited talk, the former mayor of Bogotá shares some of the tactics he used to change the transportation dynamic in the Colombian capital… and suggests ways to think about building smart cities of the future.

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UNCCD Land for Life Award Winners for 2013 (India, Mexico, Africa): Practical, Doable, Magic

Educating small-holder farmers in India Every year the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presents awards and supportive prize-money to projects that have had a positive impact on combating desertification and restoring watersheds and the hydrological cycle. This year’s awards went to excellent projects in India, Mexico and Africa. Watch the fantastic videos below, from John D. Liu and the rest of the EEMP team, to find our more […]

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Damn the Masters’ Plan! (video)

Here is an excellent video linking urbanicide to modernism. Wouter still likes the modernist aesthetic look, but he clearly analyzes its destructiveness. It’s what we have been saying all along, though nobody paid any attention! Maybe the time has finally come for a change?

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A Vision for Architecture as More Than the Sum of Its Parts

How Modernist Fundamentalism degrades the human and natural environment. by Michael W. Mehaffy & Nikos A. Salingaros Historic Paris and other beloved neighborhoods around the world teach us that streets are the river of life. (Photo by Dirk Haun under a Creative Commons license from flickr.com) Many research studies show a remarkable divergence between the way architects see their work and the way non-architects do — to such a degree […]

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Rough, Ready, But Very Real – a November 2013 Update on the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’ Site)

Project from above, featuring a garbage-accumulating fence edge Well, you would be hard pressed to find a tougher block of land — a 400m below sea level, West facing slope, in an extremely hot, arid climate, with extremely poor, shallow highly alkaline top ‘soil’, covered in rocks, with a limited water supply and in a mostly Palestinian refugee-populated village. When we first started working on the site local farmers thought […]

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Gangi Setty and the Green Tree Foundation Project (India)

The Green Tree Foundation is a small non-profit organization that promotes permaculture techniques to local farmers in the Antapur district in Andra Pradesh, India. The organizations are devising solutions to alleviate serious water scarcity and eroded soil. However, it was Gangi Setty, the founder behind GTF, that made my trip to visit them most memorable. Gangi, a delightfully peculiar man, is an elementary school teacher, a full-time philosopher and a […]

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Start Growing! Part 2: You Don’t Need Money to Buy a Farm

In Part 1 of the Start Growing! series, we explored how you might buy a farm debt-free with as little as $10,000 in savings. But what if you’re young and don’t have any savings at all? How can you become an independent, self-employed and profitable farmer when land is so expensive? It’s easier than you might think. Let’s take a look.

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The Architect Has No Clothes

by Michael Mehaffy & Nikos A. Salingaros 1. Seeing the World Differently For 40 years, people have been talking about how to fix Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Have you ever looked at a bizarre building design and wondered, “what were the architects thinking?” Have you looked at a supposedly “ecological” industrial-looking building, and questioned how it could be truly ecological? Or have you simply felt frustrated by a building that […]

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