Based on the 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course as devised by Bill Mollison, join Geoff Lawton as he takes you into the world of Permaculture Design and introduces you to a new way of looking at the world. Learn how to apply your design skills by observing, analyzing and harmonizing with the patterns of Nature. Discover the theory and then see the examples in action in this unique DVD. Essential information for anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture and how they can apply it in their daily lives to create sustainable abundance.
Whats on the DVD?
Concepts and Themes in Design
Methods of Design
Design through Observation and Analysis
Over 80 minutes of instructional and engaging information by one of the world's best Permaculture teachers. Since 1983, Geoff Lawton has undertaken thousands of jobs consulting, designing, teaching and implementing Permaculture in more than thirty different countries around the world.
'The Central Intelligence Agency, a ruthless enforcer of Wall Street’s drive for profits, publishes “The World Factbook.” It gives updated statistics for every country, some of which measure quality of life and societal health, such as life expectancy, infant mortality, literacy, unemployment and industrial production. In this series, Workers World examines some surprising conclusions, all using the CIA’s own statistics. Even though these statistics often understate gains compared to United Nations figures, they can’t help but show that countries benefit by breaking with imperialism.'
“Our rationale seems to tell us the way to serve is “the bigger, the better.” Our Teacher tells us service does not start with the dollar sign or with pretentious edifice or flowery words. He tells us service is found in feeding someone hungry, a drink of cool water or visiting a sick person, or speaking a kind word. In short, our service is found in our neighbor.”—Carl Jacobsen, my grandpa and “ordinary radical” in his self published book, From Here to Calvary to Heaven (via existtheblog) (via passgasinartclass) (via irresistiblerevolution)
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i’ve found quite a few really useful things from a few really nice people on the edinburgh freecycle network. do it. it works.
my experiences with communal living and agriculture
ok, so my wife informs me that perhaps i should mention that i neither live nor have lived in a kibbutz [not that any real kibbutzim exist in israel anymore anyway]. to me the kibbutz is an idea. a way of thinking and behaving which is applicable to every facet of life. a reminder that communal living [real communism] is real and accessible.
below is a list of things of which i’ve been a part that i feel are inspired by the same ideals as the old kibbutzim and similar projects. this is not meant to serve as my ‘communist credentials’, but rather to encourage an exchange of experiences, ideas and suggestions.
the hunter family homstead
my father’s people are farmers. the only ones who still are [that i know of] raise mainly chickens and cows up in wisconsin. the farm on which i spent a lot of my youth, where four generations of hunters called home, was whittled down to two houses and three acres by the time it was sold-off about three years ago. in the good old days they grew all their own vegetables [and quite a variety i hear] and sold the surplus at a road-side stand where all the kids worked. there wasn’t enough income to support great aunt and uncle, mother, father and seven children so mother was a waitress and father worked in a steel heat-treating factory. my grandmother never had a toilet until after she got married. almost all my childhood memories are on this farm.
c.l.o.c. is a communal light-opera company located on the coast of cape cod, ma [almost directly on the beach]. the company, orchestra and technical crew all live and work together on a campus consisting of a main building with group dining facilities and external dormitories [the performances take place off-site]. there is a job-board put up at the beginning of each week and each person has a different task. these include work in the garden, kitchen, building sets for upcoming productions, cleaning the dormitories, &c. we ate every meal together and the showers were out-doors.
i was one of over four-hundred people who own and operate a grocery store in the college town of dekalb, il. those of us who worked [i mainly cleaned-up after closing and stocked shelves] received a greater discount on goods sold in-store.
northern illinois university new music ensemble, dekalb, il, usa [2005-‘06]
frustrated with the state of contemporary and recent music at our university a few of my classmates and i organised several concerts a month during the 2005-‘06 school year. we recruited dancers, filmmakers, composers, musicians and non-musicians. the ensemble continued after i graduated in ‘06 under faculty leadership.
a group of us organised concerts in edinburgh roughly once a month for about five months. the point was to give performances to friends of ours who would not otherwise have opportunities to have their music heard or participate in performances.
for five weeks [i quit to concentrate on finishing my phd] i worked on a five-acre organic heirloom-only mixed farm. i worked with ducks, rabbits, goats, geese, turkeys and chickens and did my fair-share of fencing, shucking, tilling, planting and built a turkey-tractor.
also: my friends and i [most notably paul] have always had potlucks [communal meals in which everyone who is able brings some food to be shared]. when i lived in a house in dekalb with three other people we never locked our doors [it’s a very small farming/college town] and always made extra for every meal incase someone should stop by.
'for the past eight months russia's small but vociferous opposition has held rallies in moscow and st petersburg on the 31st of each month*. organisers say they will go ahead with a planned rally in downtown moscow's triumfalnaya square tomorrow, despite the likelihood of arrest by riot police who have violently broken up previous gatherings.'
* the ‘strategy-31’ protests are named for paragraph thirty-one of the russian constitution which guarantees freedom of assembly
'… [the less than fifty-thousand remaining] u.s. troops no longer will be allowed to go on combat missions unless requested and accompanied by iraqi forces.'
does that ‘requested and accompanied’ line make anyone else suspicious?
and i know fifty-thousand is less than the one-hundred-and-seventy-thousand from 2007… but that still sounds like a lot to me. also i heard on ‘democracy now’ that there will still be four-thousand-five-hundred ‘special forces troops and tens of thousands of contractors…
The history of this world we live in enthralls me for some reason. The sad part is I just realized this recently. I just moved to a new town and have made a few friends and have things to do but have had extra time for my real passions, which are obviously reading, writing, and of course music. I have been absorbing many things and recently while in the library while looking through the biographies picked up a book on one of the United States’ biggest civil rights leaders, Malcolm Little, or as everyone knows him Malcolm X, the name he took on to shake himself free of the white mans name he was given. I know you probably know most of the story of how Malcolm started off as criminal until he found the nation of Islam and moved on to liberating African-Americans from the confines of the white man, but after reading the marvelous book The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told To Alex Haley, I feel compelled to touch on some points.
i borrowed this book from a friend while in college and it really changed the way i think about a lot of things. absolutely essential reading, especially for those of us who grew up or are living in diaspora communities.
‘The abstract concept “society” means to the individual human being the sum total of his direct and indirect relations to his contemporaries and to all the people of earlier generations. The individual is able to think, feel, strive, and work by himself; but he depends so much upon society—in his physical, intellectual, and emotional existence—that it is impossible to think of him, or to understand him, outside the framework of society. It is “society” which provides man with food, clothing, a home, the tools of work, language, the forms of thought, and most of the content of thought; his life is made possible through the labor and the accomplishments of the many millions past and present who are all hidden behind the small word “society”.
'The individual has become more conscious than ever of his dependence upon society. But he does not experience this dependence as a positive asset, as an organic tie, as a protective force, but rather as a threat to his natural rights, or even to his economic existence. Moreover, his position in society is such that the egotistical drives of his make-up are constantly being accentuated, while his social drives, which are by nature weaker, progressively deteriorate. All human beings, whatever their position in society, are suffering from this process of deterioration. Unknowingly prisoners of their own egotism, they feel insecure, lonely, and deprived of the naive, simple, and unsophisticated enjoyment of life. Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society.'
Discover recently reviewed a new book out about the state of higher education in America. There was also a great interview with one of the authors, Andrew Hacker, on The Diane Rehm Show the other day—so if you want to hear more, you can find the full podcast here. If not, you can head to Discoverfor a quick review. Here’s a section:
“The professors who have chosen higher education as a career are the subjects of the first chapter. It is here that the reader realizes that the gloves are off and Hacker and Dreifus aren’t going hold back in their critiques of the sacred cows of the ivory tower. To them the contemporary professoriate is composed of a group of tenured six-figure paychecks, who focus far too much time on their questionably meaningful research, while constantly trying to dodge any interactions with undergraduate students (i.e. teaching). Academics are likely to curse under their breath while reading this scathing report, while those who have always questioned the value of the professoriate may find themselves pumping their fists in the air. Regardless, you are not putting the book down now, Hacker and Dreifus have a lot of blame to spread around. “
“Chomsky and Macedo provide a brilliant analysis of schooling that draws upon a language of critique and possibility that reclaims the notion of schooling as a public good and a democratic force. At a time…