Category: Bio-regional Organisations

The Live Launch of the Worldwide Permaculture Network (WPN) is Now Underway!!

Dear People After months and months of work, we’re now launching a new system — the Worldwide Permaculture Network (WPN) — which will enable permaculturists everywhere to: Put themselves on a clickable map, where people (permaculturists and non-permaculturists) can see at a glance the scope of the spread of permaculture worldwide Showcase their work as individuals, and the work of any projects they are administrating Be searchable according to many […]

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Worldwide Permaculture Network – Project Type Descriptions

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 selected when you upload your various permaculture projects. (Each of these project types has a […]

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Making Democracy Work

Editor’s note: This is what I like to see, and hope others will emulate: concrete action to bring about organised, localised change. Some subscribe to free market magical thinking — that self-interest combined with market mechanisms will somehow automatically harmonise our social, and even environmental problems. But, permaculture is not about blind hope and trust in disorder. In contrast, it’s all about intelligent design — not just of food forests, […]

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Letters from Sri Lanka – Sarvodaya’s Economic Development and Its Destination

This is Part X, the final installment, of a ten-part series – If you haven’t already, please read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII and Part IX before continuing. This series is part of my work for the Sustainable (R)evolution book project. Preamble: As I type, much of France is grinding to a halt as an enraged public strike against […]

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Fair Share Festival, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Editor’s Note: I would recommend people in Australia get behind this, and people everywhere could consider how to organise your own festival in your respective states. Getting transition discussions into the lenses and microphones of mainstream media is an urgent need. What: Natural and Economic Solutions to the Global Financial Crisis Where: Hamilton Public School, Newcastle, NSW, Australia When: Friday night 22nd October (6pm to 9pm) and Saturday 23rd October, […]

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Your Input Wanted – Guidelines for Worldwide Permaculture Network Users

I know some of you are itching to use the new Worldwide Permaculture Network system. Well, I hope to launch in just a few weeks! One aspect that I want your input on is in regards to user guidelines. We want to make a clear list of guidelines for what kind of projects are and are not in harmony with permaculture principles, and what kind of behaviour is regarded as […]

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Swarm for Change – Coalition of the Willing

A few days ago I gave you all a sneak peek at the Worldwide Permaculture Network database we’re furiously working on. As I’ve expressed multiple times on this site and in discourses with permaculturists worldwide, it’s my firm belief that driving permaculture into mainstream thinking will only happen if the mainstream see the breadth and scope of permaculture work today, and its enormous potential if demanded by citizens and incentivised […]

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Would You Like to See a NSW Convergence?

Dear NSW Permaculturalists, For some time now Permies in NSW have been talking about having a regular NSW Permaculture gathering. The discussion has been gathering momentum lately and many of us feel it’s time to organize the first such event. The idea is to hold a state convergence late next year on the August long weekend – Friday 30th July to Monday 1st August 2011 – at a desirable live-in […]

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Permaculture Groups and Government Influence

In our efforts for positive change, while we should be open minded and receptive to opportunities to work with our governments, we cannot leave all responsibilities to the government alone. Rather, the public should take action and represent themselves when their appointed officials do not. Self-reliance and true sustainability are extremely difficult as an individual or single family. Local permaculture groups have been a very effective tool in local communities […]

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Towards Local Democracy

It’s been more than a year since we’ve started our initiative in Sopot, Poland. It has the same aim as the Transition initiatives, however we have decided to focus on local democracy first. Democracy helps to eliminate the struggles of political parties and it weakens vested interests. What we have also quickly realized is that even if you come up with a great plan for improving public transport or installing […]

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Money Literacy – Part V

Editor’s Note: This Part V of a series. Before continuing, please read Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV if you haven’t already. “Money” is nothing but a social construct that comes with a number of “rules of the game”. In one way, “money” has much in common with computer operating systems: most users are completely unaware of the degree to which these rules are flexible, malleable, and […]

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Permaculture Master Plan: Planting up the Global Garden

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 organizations. We (Tribal Networks) first came across them when looking for solutions to problems we […]

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