Teaching without money and avoiding traditional hierarchies

Students covering hot compost in front of a fence they constructed using bamboo I have been reflecting lately upon the unexpected benefits of something we call 'Permashare'. The Permashare model was developed as a response to our desire to stay on our property as we age. Following some health challenges, we recognised the need to … Continue reading Teaching without money and avoiding traditional hierarchies

Books that change your brain: Lynne Kelly’s The Memory Code

Read this book! I love books. I was shocked to discover, as an adult, that a large percentage of the population never read for pleasure. I read fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction, particularly when it has anything to do with how humans might become better than we are. I have gears for reading. Some books … Continue reading Books that change your brain: Lynne Kelly’s The Memory Code

Principles, strategies, elements and why they are a moveable feast

It's common during permaculture courses for some students to become a bit frustrated with the loose nature of the permaculture model. There are several different sets of principles, hundreds of possible strategies and thousands of tools, techniques and elements. Even the three core ethics are not universally agreed or universally stated. Why can't permaculture make … Continue reading Principles, strategies, elements and why they are a moveable feast

Rethinking permaculture zones in suburbia

"Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms." Bill Mollison Permaculture was developed as an alternative to industrial agriculture. The name was a conjunction of 'permanent' and 'agriculture', and the stated goal of the model was to provide a … Continue reading Rethinking permaculture zones in suburbia

Using permaculture to respond to wicked problems

It is becoming increasingly clear that many of the problems facing our species are wicked. Wicked problems can't be easily solved, because you can't see the answer from where you are. They remind me of a story my in-laws tell about travelling overseas and asking directions. "Oh, you can't get to there from here. You have … Continue reading Using permaculture to respond to wicked problems

Spell anthropocentricity

I don't usually use unnecessarily large words because I know they exclude people, so it's a bit out of character for me to be writing about a seven syllable word. It all started with a reconsideration of the client interview that forms part of the design process. I was chatting with my good friend and … Continue reading Spell anthropocentricity

What permaculture isn’t

It's an exciting time for permaculture. More and more people are discovering this endlessly useful, ethically based design pattern. We live in a time when creating and evolving systems that increase ecological health is suddenly becoming a priority, and something that allows us to combine that with providing for human needs seems like a bit … Continue reading What permaculture isn’t

Where to from here: Creating a permaculture learning circle

The time has come for all of us to return home. We walked away from nature, filled with hubris and a certainty that man could have dominion. Men failed. It's time for a different paradigm. One where we put the needs of the earth first. One where we focus on leaving the planet in better … Continue reading Where to from here: Creating a permaculture learning circle

2020 Vision

2020 Vision. It's the obvious pun, and I know I won't be the only one making it. I'm still enthralled by it as a concept: A year of imagining a different kind of human existence. Is it possible that 2020 might just be the turn around year?  I'm not much for goals. It has been … Continue reading 2020 Vision

Sky News vs Einstein

It was sadly not at all surprising to learn that Sky News were personally attacking me for my recent appearance on The Project. I had a call from the producer telling me that Sky were questioning his journalistic integrity (!) and asking me if I was a Greens member or employee. How sad. Another friend … Continue reading Sky News vs Einstein