It's become an ongoing debate. Which is the better option, a petrol or diesel driven car or an electric car. The answers are complex and depend upon a range of factors, including how the electricity is generated. Here's an article covering the pros and cons. (Short version; electric wins but the margin varies): The environmental … Continue reading Electric vs Fossil Fuelled Cars
The day before yesterday I published something I boldly declared as my current favourite design cycle. Bold, but premature. In a process familiar to anyone that designs, I subsequently found myself awake at 2.00am with a new and improved version circling my imagination. Long experience has taught me that when this happens the only thing … Continue reading The other (other) design cycle!
This post started with a conversation I had with Rich Bowden from Permaculture Plus. We had just finished a Zoom interview for his upcoming online conference. We were both talking about Lis Bastian's amazing work with the Blue Mountains Pluriversity and Rich commented that he'd like to replicate it. I said something like this: I … Continue reading Why it’s hard to replicate social permaculture enterprises
Let's start with the darning. Subversion to follow. First, find a sock worth darning. These are bamboo and cost about $25 a pair. In spite of that the heels have worn out of them. You're going to need something to put inside the sock. If you look online you'll find beautiful antique timber darning mushrooms … Continue reading Subversive Darning
My talented friend, Brenna Quinlan, posted this today. So many good ideas here: If the climate crisis is getting you down (and it should be) then focusing on the present and connecting with something aligned to your values are both great strategies, but there's a missing piece to this puzzle that's critical. Before you do … Continue reading The three most important responses to climate grief
The Arctic is burning. Children are marching in the streets. Leaders of Pacific Island nations are weeping at the lack of action. Europe just came through the hottest summer on record as part of a pattern of every summer for the last decade being the hottest summer on record. But for most people it's … Continue reading Why isn’t everyone taking action on climate change?
It's traditional in most PDC's for learners to be asked to complete a design project as a group. There are good reasons for this. As designers we will always be working with other people. While the opportunity to work collaboratively with other designers or professionals is limited, we will usually be co-creating with clients. Our … Continue reading Group work in the PDC
This is a photograph of board notes from a recent permaculture fundamentals course. It represents a logical progression of knowledge and I thought I'd write a post about it in the hope that others find it useful. So let's work from the base to the top before I reveal the story behind the flying … Continue reading The pyramid of wisdom
Another day and another opinion piece about how veganism won't save the world. This one is from a regenerative farmer: If you want to save the world, veganism isn't the answer Quick summary: the author argues that using livestock to regenerate topsoil is good for the planet, and uses their own experiences to illustrate … Continue reading Vegans vs omnivores
I can recall reading a fantasy novel some years ago where the magical characters had to weave a spell before it was cast. The process involved them imagining a sphere that held natural energies and then making intricate connections until they had formed the spell. If they didn't keep many different energies in balance, the … Continue reading A design thinking snippet