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Don’t Envy The Change  Makers  – Be One!

Don’t Envy The Change Makers – Be One!

I’ve laid out a long list of options for how one might choose to apply the Permaculture Principles to their home life, relationships, business, and lifestyle.  You may very well be practicing some of these things, already. Congratulations! The Principles, themselves, were formed by an observation of what many might consider “common sense”. The problem, as my 6th-grade history teacher used to often say, is that “Common sense isn’t so common.” Be the Change You Want to See in the World! Take another look at what's been presented here. No matter how revolutionary or straightforward the concepts are, you're sure to find something worthwhile you can utilize. The benefits of doing so will help secure the future health of our planet and our ability to live here comfortably.  Still, the solutions born of this type of Principles-based thinking will bring greater efficiency to how you organize and approach the game of life. These methods of observation and interaction have the side-effect of...

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Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Change happens.  It’s up to us to decide how we’re going to respond to it. To remain firmly fixed, in the face of change, can be difficult and ultimately lead to stress and a breakdown of vitality and effectiveness. To be flexible in life and business is considered wise and helps keep oneself healthfully alert to opportunities. To courageously cultivate and direct the movement of those changes, and put them to work for us, leads to mastery and keeps one thriving.   Embrace Change and Thrive Our entire planetary population has undergone an impressive shift in recent months, thanks in part to the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses that have adapted quickly and moved their focus to online sales, education, and services will be shown to those who have earned greater security, resilience, and dynamic sufficiency. Remember This... When you find yourself about to throw something in the trash, give thought as to whether it could be upcycled for another purpose. Ideas for innovative, reuse of...

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Use Edges and Value the Marginal

Use Edges and Value the Marginal

The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable,  diverse, and productive elements in the system. As someone who enjoys dreaming up systems composed of systems connected in synergistic ways,  this  Principle is one of my favorites. The practice of “stacking functions” provides compounded value when we can find multiple uses for each element, creating synergy within our systems. This principle applies to nearly every aspect of life or business but requires an open and creative mind. Everything exists in proximity to something else,  either physically or conceptually. The more we observe and contemplate each peripheral component’s needs and values, the more we learn to see where their overlap provides new potentials for innovation and growth.   It May Be Small But It Could Be the Game Changer We can apply this to maximize potential between two or more things that are already in proximity to each other, or we can use...

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Use and Value Diversity

Use and Value Diversity

Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides. Look, we’re all different. Our physical characteristics, preferences, habits, and cultural norms differ, as do our economic resources, language proficiency, fashion sense, temperaments, etc. It is simply how the universe is designed. As nature develops and changes, so do our capacities, skills, and preferences. That is a vital part of our growth and evolution as a planet. Diversity breeds resilience! If one species, technique, or initiative doesn’t work in addressing a problem, another may. The Power of Diversity Designing diversity into our food systems, lifestyles, and businesses is a sure way to increase chances for security, productivity, and wellbeing. Look at it as a type of insurance. We can see the converse in action with modern monocropping practices, which have proven to be incredibly fragile and prone to disease and pests.   A diet...

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Use Small and Slow Solutions

Use Small and Slow Solutions

Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes. One can easily argue that large and fast solutions are sometimes needed. Emergencies happen, and we should contemplate appropriate responses within context. It’s also important to note that “small” and “slow” are relative terms, and we should consider everything in scale. Sometimes, starting too small can inhibit growth, impact, and success. However, speaking from my own life experiences, I can see no shortage of times when I’ve invested time, energy, or money to make something happen all at once, just to find that I got ahead of myself and ended up wasting resources to some degree. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. The wisdom here is a discipline that some of us would do well to write on our walls. It’s so easy to get excited and jump into a big project or solution.   One Step At a Time However, it’s often more valuable to take advantage...

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Don’t Envy The Change  Makers  – Be One!

Don’t Envy The Change Makers – Be One!

I’ve laid out a long list of options for how one might choose to apply the Permaculture Principles to their home life, relationships, business, and lifestyle.  You may very well be practicing some of these things, already. Congratulations! The Principles, themselves,...

read more
Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Change happens.  It’s up to us to decide how we’re going to respond to it. To remain firmly fixed, in the face of change, can be difficult and ultimately lead to stress and a breakdown of vitality and effectiveness. To be flexible in life and business is considered...

read more
Use Edges and Value the Marginal

Use Edges and Value the Marginal

The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable,  diverse, and productive elements in the system. As someone who enjoys dreaming up systems composed of systems connected in synergistic ways,  this...

read more
Use and Value Diversity

Use and Value Diversity

Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides. Look, we’re all different. Our physical characteristics, preferences, habits, and cultural norms differ, as do our economic...

read more
Use Small and Slow Solutions

Use Small and Slow Solutions

Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes. One can easily argue that large and fast solutions are sometimes needed. Emergencies happen, and we should contemplate...

read more
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