Can Earth Building Scale Up to the Mainstream? Robert Alcock on the Power of Keeping It Small

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Rob Hopkins: Our recent post about Kevin McCabe’s ‘cob citadel’ and what we might learn from it about ‘scaling up’ generated a lot of debate and discussion. Robert Alcock, a cob self-builder living in Spain commented that “the really great thing about cob is that it is an inherently anti-mainstream material”. Intrigued, and wanting to… Read more »

On the Other Side of Collapse: Notes from the Island of Cyprus

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Sofia and crew with their recently built greenhouse This is an interview with my cousin, Sofia Matsi. Sofia is a health campaigner, artist, permaculture designer and sustainability activist. She lives in Nicosia, Cyprus. Last year, Sofia witnessed first hand the near complete collapse of the island’s economy — an event which culminated in a highly… Read more »

A Global Exploration of Economic Possibilities

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Highlights from the Berlin conference that attracted 200 commoners from 30 countries. Click to download (665kb PDF) The Heinrich Boll Foundation just released a detailed, educational, and inspiring report [PDF inset] summarizing the international conference it hosted in Berlin, Germany May 22-24, 2013. Two hundred commoners from around the globe converged at the Economics and… Read more »

The Deep Green Alternative – Debating Strategies of Transition

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by Samuel Alexander and Jonathan Rutherford, Simplicity institute report 14a, 2014 Introduction Evidence continues to mount that industrial civilisation, driven by a destructive and insatiable growth imperative, is chronically unsustainable, as well as being grossly unjust. The global economy is in ecological overshoot, currently consuming resources and emitting waste at rates the planet cannot possibly… Read more »

Addicted to Comfort

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Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chainstores. by George Monbiot The question has changed a little since Rousseau’s day, but the mystery remains(1). Why, when most of us now possess greater freedom than almost any preceding generation has enjoyed – freedom from tyranny, freedom from slavery, freedom from hunger – do we… Read more »

Crash on Demand? A Response to David Holmgren

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D. Lange “Mr. Dougherty and kid. Warm Springs, Malheur County, Oregon” October 1939 David Holmgren, for whom I have the utmost respect, is best known as one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept. Permaculture is an ecological design method for regenerative agriculture, where the principles of natural systems are employed in order to create… Read more »

Crash on Demand: Welcome to the Brown Tech Future

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First published on Holmgren Design website Introduction This essay updates my Future Scenarios (2007) (1) work but also builds on the essay Oil vs Money; Battle for Control of the World (2009) (2), as a running commentary on the rapid changes in the big picture context for permaculture activism, especially in the Australian context. It… Read more »

Preserving the Past to Serve the Future – Wellbeing Farm, A Pragmatic Approach to Permaculture, Transition, and Reskilling (USA)

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After leaving the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub Waterways Reskilling gathering held on November 23, 2013 I realized that the practitioners who attended and spoke — the Transitioners and Permaculturists, the farmers, millwrights, boat builders, fishermen, engineers, woodworkers, and sail freighters — require a community, a physical location, a place to have re-skilling workshops, to teach classes,… Read more »

My Story, in Contribution to Our Story of Hope (Zimbabwe)

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by Mugove Walter Nyika I grew up with my grandparents in a village 200 km south of the capital Harare, in Zimbabwe. From an early age I learned from my Grandfather, who passed on when I was six, to plant trees, to collect seeds and seedlings and put them into the earth. There were many… Read more »

Investing Like An Ecosystem

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Over the last few years, I have been formulating my opinion on how to approach investing and what do to with extra cash. And I can’t believe how many people have told me in the last few months that they are anticipating another huge market correction basically any time now. Mulling all of this over… Read more »

Losing the Big Teacher

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Members of any society must know a great many things in common…. Whether they know them can make a fatal difference. The future of the world may depend on how many do. — Mark Van Doren, Liberal Education (1) The evidence that our dysfunctional relationship with the earth is surpassing tolerable limits is increasingly becoming… Read more »