Once dismissed as a hippy-dippy dream, bike sharing is now reality in New York, Chicago and other cities. by Jay Walljasper, On the Commons Five million rides were taken on New York’s new bike share system in the first five months of service. (Photo courtesy of People for Bikes) 2013 is the year when the sharing economy — the recent rediscovery of the economic advantages of mutual cooperation—came to public […]
What? Why would anyone want to tunnel back into school? Well, I have no idea, but in the past six years have I have been investigating how to build living tunnels in school grounds and gardens and have learned a thing or two about willow tunneling.
I thought PermacultureNews readers might be inspired by some of the work Planting Justice and the Insight Garden Program are doing in our prison system to teach permaculture ethics and practices. Here is a video about a recent project at San Quentin State Prison, CA. The Planting Justice team worked with Beth Waitkus and the Insight Garden Program to build four raised beds on the grounds of the H-Unit at […]
The recently publicised findings of the Davies Commission Report (1) have put airport expansion in the UK into the media spotlight once more. Plans to expand either of the two main London airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, have been spoken of for some years now (2); and there is at least one group of people who do not entirely agree with the plans. Grow Heathrow was established as part of Transition […]
In my study of the design system of permaculture, one problem that I’ve come across is that, as permaculturists, many of us tend to focus on our own lives and individual actions to create change. But, systemic change cannot occur by isolated individuals trying to live in harmony with the Earth. Society’s systems must be changed by collective action — communities acting as a collective organism to re-design the structures […]
I sincerely hope you all share my happiness, enthusiasm and excitement when it comes to seeds. When I hold a seed in the palm of my hand, I see eternity! I also see an extremely loaded history. I see our collective future and so much more. Nowadays, when I browse my social network profile, I am bombarded with beautiful images, inspiring stories and what seems to be an endless collection […]
The Food is Free Project is an amazing initiative based out of Austin, Texas that grows community connections alongside food (very much like the Incredible Edible Todmorden project.
This past November (2013), Watershed Management Group’s Green Living Co-op installed a "Laundry to Landscape" greywater system at my house. Enthusiastic co-op member ready to dig in! The Green Living Co-op runs on a barn-raising principle — basically you earn ‘hours’ by participating in other members’ projects. After you’ve earned a set amount of hours, you qualify to host a workshop at your house.
After leaving the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub Waterways Reskilling gathering held on November 23, 2013 I realized that the practitioners who attended and spoke — the Transitioners and Permaculturists, the farmers, millwrights, boat builders, fishermen, engineers, woodworkers, and sail freighters — require a community, a physical location, a place to have re-skilling workshops, to teach classes, to hold gatherings, to take on apprentices, and to build real world solutions for the […]