Introduction to ‘Entropia’ by Samuel Alexander

In 2013 I published my first book of fiction, Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation. This book has just been published in French, with a foreword by Serge Latouche, so to mark this occasion I’m publishing the introduction to Entropia below (in English). If you know any French speakers, please share this link with them. To purchase your ebook copy of ‘Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation” click here. The story I am to tell […]

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Cucumbers: Cat Assassins?

You may have seen videos going around on social media showing cats being terrified by Cucumis sativus sneaking up on them. While this may sound like a vicious predator of the domestic feline, in reality, it’s the modest cucumber. While not an actual danger to your cat, although cats may disagree, the cucumber is a creeping vine plant member of the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes pumpkins, zucchini, and various melons. […]

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Differences In Linear And Holistic Thinking And Operating

A few months ago, Tom and I made a discovery. I am sure this knowledge is already out there, but I will share with you what we discovered nonetheless. We live in a linear world. Everything needs to fit neatly in some sort of box, to be sorted and put under a certain “label” or other reference. Subjects of life and living are divided up and approached one by one, […]

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Techno-culture: Ideas for Encouraging Regenerative Technology in Our Lives

Bill Mollison “one described modern technological agriculture as a form of ‘witchcraft’”, or a “kind of war against the land”. (1) The technologies of much of modern agriculture, as Mollison explored, are driven by the chemical fertiliser and pesticide industry, the main companies of which (some of the largest in the world) started out in the chemical weapons business ( see for example 1, 2, 3). While it could be […]

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Researchers Can Make Water Out of Thin Air with New Technology

A new prototype developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may provide the technology to harness the power of the sun to pull water out of the air – allowing households around the world to gain access to safe, clean water. Worldwide, an estimated 4 billion people are currently facing serious water shortages, and as many as 1 in 10 people […]

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GIS in Permaculture

When planning your permaculture oasis, there are few planning tools as powerful as GIS. What is GIS you ask? GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a fancy way to say playing with maps on your computer. For us, it is taking imagery and map information to better understand a piece of land. There are numerous computer software out there, but GoogleEarth is a great place (and free) to start. Once […]

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A Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Tillage

Soil has been described as “the fragile, living skin of the Earth” and yet its’ fragility has often been ignored in the continuous use of tillage techniques in modern agriculture. Tilling is the process of preparing land for growing crops by mechanically modifying soil structure. Other names for tilling include digging, plowing, cultivation, etc. This technique was adopted by farmers 10,000 years ago for a number of reasons. However, years […]

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Planning For The “Longpath,” According To Ari Wallach

Planning For The “Longpath,” According To Ari Wallach

With our attention spans getting shorter and our global, civilization-scale problems growing larger, it’s time we started thinking about the future. In a TED Talk from October 2016, strategic consultant Ari Wallach offered three ways people can develop long-term plans – thinking ten or 20 years out, instead of just six months or only a few weeks. “Short-termism, for many reasons, has pervaded every nook and cranny of our reality,” […]

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Coastal Erosion Mayhem

Coastal erosion is the removal of coastal material such as cliffs and marshes by sea waves or human activities causing seawater to encroach into the land. This is a huge problem because approximately 23% of the world population lives within 100 km distance of the coast. All these inhabitants are exposed to the risk of flooding and losing their property. 1800 km of the 4500 km of the English coast […]

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Using the Community as Part of Your Own Permaculture Design

When beginning with a permaculture design, when we get out our pencils and graph paper and start dreaming a little, we often do so with a rather insular perspective of what our systems can be. We think of how to be sustainable on our own quarter-acre. We think of how to go about doing it all by ourselves. For me, someone who rarely envisions more than a couple of acres […]

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The Koanga Institute: Farming for the Future

While most may think of permaculture, and they immediately imagine sustainable agriculture, renewable energy sources and other similar aspects, how many actually think generations ahead into the future, and how permaculturalists today can affect them for the better? This is exactly what Kay Baxter and Bob Corker are doing in New Zealand, at the Koanga Institute, the largest and most comprehensive seed repository in the southern hemisphere and a permaculture […]

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Permaculture – Bringing Together The Layers And The Zones

On the outer fringes of your landscape, there may be areas of wilderness. How are we to tend to these wild patches in a way that fosters increase in edibles in zones 4 and 5? And how do we maximize our food production in our first three zones? Using our permaculture principles, we can increase the bounty of wild plants already on the land and introduce native species to the […]

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