Permaculture Voices: A Preview and Liveblog

Permaculture Voices:  A Preview and Liveblog

Today i’m headed to the Permaculture Voices Conference in San Diego.  I’ve been looking forward to this for a year.  Last year I couldn’t make it–in part because i didn’t want to pay the money it would have cost to attend and stay at a hotel, and in part because i couldn’t get away from work.

About 8 months ago I wrote Diego, who runs PV, and said, “take a look at what i’m doing–maybe you’ll think it’s interesting.”  I was hoping that he’d invite me to speak at this year’s conference so that I could afford to come.  It lead to a podcast and a speaking invitation.  I’m tremendously excited to be going.

While at PV2 I plan to do some liveblogging of the talks I attend, so stay tuned.

Here is a preview for my own talk:

A practiced permaculturalist can look at a landscape, and integrate the climatic, geographic, and hydrologic factors, as the basis and context of a fantastic design.  These conditions are the starting point of how we approach earth care.

In my experience, people systems are much trickier than earth systems, and I think the permaculture world needs to develop models for how to approach them in a systematic and intelligent way.  There are corollaries to climate, geography, hydrology, and keylines in the social realm, and those need to play a major part in how we should approach people care.  My take is that just as climate is the starting point of design for earthcare, culture is the starting point for people care, and should be the main determining factor in our strategy for creating and approaching invisible structures.

As part of the model, here is a preview for what you need when approaching a foreign culture, whether that culture is in another country, or in the boardroom of a company or organization you want to approach. You need:

1:  A Guide

2:  A Sheikh

3:  To Sing the right song

4:  Trust

5:  To Solve a Pain

If you come see my talk, you will learn how to use culture to expand your circle of influence, to develop the right approach to people care for your context, and to increase the adoption of permaculture wherever you may be practicing.


1 Comment

  1. A great subject Neil! Just what I’ve been wanting to ask you for ages. How to convince the people you work for and with that all of the radical measures you’re about to take, will work out in their best interest? How to get them to work WITH you as partners in the undertaking, as opposed to working for you because they’re payed? You obviously did something right, judging by the impressive results. When I think of all these men building rock lines on hot slopes in the heat of Saudi Arabia with heavy, sharp stones, I feel a lot of respect, both for them and for you. When everything will be lush and green, that site will have an important impact on the world, I feel.


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