PDC+++ Module 1 Class 1

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Why are we (as humans) so slow in learning about Sustainability?

Here we will delve into the issues of thinking in a systemic way, Action Learning, how to study more effectively & we look at really understanding what Sustainability is.

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  • Sostenibilidad en pequeña escala .... como en grande escala ... significa que un sistema crea o almacena más energía en su vida de lo que se necesita para crearlo y mantenerlo
  • Sostenibilidad en pequeña escala .... como en grande escala ... significa que un sistema crea o almacena más energía en su vida de lo que se necesita para crearlo y mantenerlo
  • Sostenibilidad en pequeña escala .... como en grande escala ... significa que un sistema crea o almacena más energía en su vida de lo que se necesita para crearlo y mantenerlo
  • PDC+++ Module 1 Class 1

    1. 1. Action Learning <ul><li>An important directive of PC: be PRO-ACTIVE </li></ul><ul><li>Action = TO DO things (not worry so much about making mistakes) - quite uncomfortable for people trained to be passive (consumers) </li></ul><ul><li>One way of LISTENING in an active way is by drawing MIND MAPS </li></ul><ul><li>... & we advise that you start NOW to listen & make notes in this way </li></ul>
    2. 4. Multi-function as Art in your surroundings
    3. 9. an important suggestion: !! MAKE mind maps of all these conferences! & let your artist out ... * PLAY with them *
    4. 10. <ul><li>? ? ? ? ? ? </li></ul><ul><li>An important directive of PC: be PRO-ACTIVE </li></ul><ul><li>It is also much more active if you ask LOTS of QUESTIONS > helps to make connections </li></ul><ul><li>(you can ask them in the chat or make notes > then transfer to your blog) </li></ul><ul><li>? ? ? ? ? ? </li></ul>leave spaces in your mind maps Action Learning
    5. 11. Module 1 * Part 1 Why are we (as humans) so slow in learning about Sustainability? Class 1.1 PDC+++
    6. 12. Proposals <ul><li>We have a tendency to ask the wrong questions (don’t question assumptions) </li></ul>Why are we (as humans) so slow in learning about Sustainability? Class 1.1 PDC+++
    7. 13. the wrong questions (or limited questions) (or limited questions) (or limited questions) <ul><li>eg. ? </li></ul>
    8. 14. a good permaculture designer (& a good learner, scientist, etc.) (& a good learner, scientist, etc.) (& a good learner, scientist, etc.) <ul><li>asks different TYPES of questions </li></ul><ul><li>asks a lot MORE questions </li></ul><ul><li>questions assumptions, continuously </li></ul><ul><li>questions simplistic answers </li></ul>think OUTSIDE the box
    9. 15. Sustainability?
    10. 16. <ul><li>We think in a linear way , in a sistemic Universe </li></ul>... & we are often fooled by appearances ... Proposals Why are we (as humans) so slow in learning about Sustainability? Class 1.1 PDC+++
    11. 17. the Destructo-Cultural cup of tea recursos polución consumo Graham Burnett “Intro to PC”
    12. 18. Permaculture Designers develop the ability to SEE PATTERNS the Destructo-Cultural cup of tea resources pollution consume
    13. 19. PermaCulture IS a systemic science, therefore it is very good TRAINING in thinking in this way the Perma-Cultural cup of tea Graham Burnett “Intro to PC”
    14. 20. resources pollution prosume other resources appropiate technology Perma-Cultural Planet the Perma-Cultural cup of tea
    15. 21. Dana Meadows <ul><li>“Thinking in Systems, a primer” </li></ul>you can meet her in our e-Book the Mother of PermaCulture “ A system is a series of inter-connected elements organized in a coherent way in order to achieve something.” Elements Interconnections Purpose
    16. 22. Bill Mollison “ Design is the connection between things. It is not the water, the chicken or the tree. It is how the water, the chicken & the tree are connected. It is the opposite of what they teach us in school. Education looks at each thing separately & highlights them, ignoring the connections between them. Permaculture makes the connections ... ... because when you have the connections you can feed the chicken with the tree.” Bill Mollison Elements Interconnections Purpose
    17. 23. The Integral Vision Purpose Elements Inter connections My understanding as a Designer Elements Interconnections Purpose
    18. 24. <ul><li>We do not want to understand what sustainability is </li></ul>because it is totally contra-cultural at the moment (it is very difficult for us to understand / accept the concept, including for “alternative people”) Proposals Why are we (as humans) so slow in learning about Sustainability? Class 1.1 PDC+++
    19. 25. a little bit of history ... <ul><li>1972 Limits to Growth (Dana Meadows) </li></ul><ul><li>1974 the birth of PermaCulture </li></ul><ul><li>1983 the Brudtland Comission (Gro Brudtland) </li></ul><ul><li>1992 Local Agenda 21 (United Nations) </li></ul>
    20. 26. People Care put Limits to Population & Consumption Earth Care GOOD DESIGN “ fair shares” the Ethics of Permaculture The Designers Manual 1988 <ul><li>Limits to Growth </li></ul>(it is very difficult for us to understand / accept the concept, including for “alternative people”)
    21. 27. UN Earth Summit Rio 1992 Local Agenda 21 Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. www.un.org We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between & within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health & illiteracy & a continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being. However, integration of environment & development concerns & greater attention to them, will lead to the fulfilment of basic needs, improved living standards for all, better protected & managed ecosystems & a safer, more prosperous future. You can find it in
    22. 28. <ul><li>Sustainable development is that which satisfies </li></ul><ul><li>the needs of the presents </li></ul><ul><li>without affecting the ability </li></ul><ul><li>of future generations </li></ul><ul><li>to satisfy their own needs . </li></ul><ul><li>(United Nations, Bruntdland Comission ) </li></ul>Cumbre Mundial de Rio 1992 Agenda 21 Local No nation can achieve this on its own; but together we can - in a global partnership for sustainable development .&quot;
    23. 29. 1. United Nations, Bruntdland Comission Sustainable development is that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy their own needs. It has two key concepts: a) The concept of &quot; needs &quot;, in particular the basic needs of the poor of the world, to which we need to give priority & b) The idea of “ limits &quot; imposed by the state of technology & social organization & the capacity of the environment. in order to meet present & future needs.
    24. 30. 3. The Social Jump, chapter 7 The objective of the environmental policy of the social jump is to progress gradually towards human sustainable development, understood as the amplification of the capacities of the population, through the development of social capital , in order to satisfy the needs of present generations, through a prudent management of natural wealth, & at the same time keeping open the options for the well-being of future generations.
    25. 31. 4. Bill Mollison, Designers Manual A system is sustainable when it creates / stores more energy / matter in its lifetime than what it needs to create & maintain itself. A sustainable system produces all the energy & resources it needs for its maintenance & growth. The excess is “the yield”.
    26. 32. 5. Harvest Only Sunshine An ideal sustainable society would be one where all the energy was obtained from the actual & direct contribution of the sun & all non-renewable resources were recycled. (PIRAGES, 77) “ Harvest Only Sunshine”
    27. 33. Edible Forests Bio Architecture Collection & re-use of Water Organic & Biodynamic Agriculture Producción de semillas Woodland management Water collection & Keyline Holistic Management Acuatic Polyculture Evolution of a Permaculture Design System Building with Natural Materials Native title Cooperatives & Body corporates Conflict Resolution EcoVillages & CoHousing Renewable Energies Re-use & Recycling Social Ecology & Action Research Participatory Art & Culture Interpretation of the Landscape Re-designing Education! Bycicles & Hand-Tools Appropiate Technologies Preventative Medicine Home-Births & Breast-Feeding Emergy accounting Community Agriculture Fair Trade WWOOF LETS Sense of Place Dignified Death Yoga & other mind-body-spirit disciplines Holistic Medicine Self-construction How to design for Sustainability? * Según David Holmgrem Ethics, Directives & Principles of Permaculture Tools & Technologies Built Environment Earth & Nature Management Governance, owning of the Land Economy & Finance Health & Spiritual Wellbeing Culture & Education
    28. 34. <ul><li>We don’t know how to learn > how to change these habits to really understand how to be Permaculture Designers </li></ul>We have learned to CUT our connection with our selves & so with our learning abilities Proposals Why are we (as humans) so slow in learning about Sustainability? Class 1.1 PDC+++
    29. 35. The Conventional Education Model Ocean of Cultural Models + & of the School in particular Information & Abstract Concepts Exercises to Practice Exams or Tests
    30. 36. Education for the Industrial Era the Industrial Era 3 - 6 months for learning to read, write & do basic maths The Hidden Curriculum John Taylor Gatto Jean Liedloff Maria Montessori Paulo Freire etc. Iván Illich Deeschooling Society (1971)
    31. 37. Paulo Freire <ul><li>It is necessary to develop a pedagogy of the question . We are always hearing about the pedagogy of the answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers are always answering questions that the students have not asked ... </li></ul>They are all speaking about Action Learning
    32. 38. observe nature “ you can get to see a lot just by watching”
    33. 39. The Action-Learning Cycle Cycle Ocean of Cultural Models Self-Regulated ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Formation of Abstract Concepts Real Life Experience Observation Reflexion Dialogue Design Test for New Situation
    34. 40. Kolb : the learning cycle optimal learning occurs when the cycle is completed Reg Revans : AA Groups Action Reflect Theorize Experiment
    35. 41. the creation cycle “ gestation” “ gestation”
    36. 42. the design cycle Think / Reflect Act Observe Design
    37. 43. the scientific method the discovery cycle Pensar/ Reflexionar Actuar Observe Diseñar Hypothesis Prediction Experiment
    38. 44. Linear > Systemic Teacher Student y lists 1) .... 2) .... 3) .... lots of feedback loops (more complex = interesting) Student- Teachers
    39. 45. <ul><li>We think/do many things upside-down </li></ul>Proposals Why are we (as humans) so slow in learning about Sustainability? Class 1.1 PDC+++ a kind of modern double-think (Orwell, 1984)
    40. 47. of Design talks + maps dialogues designs your group!
    41. 48. <ul><li>We have a tendency to ask the wrong questions (not questioning assumptions) </li></ul><ul><li>We think in a linear way , in a systemic Universe </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t want to understand what sustainability is (big resistance) </li></ul><ul><li>WE CAN learn > how to change those habits (above) & to really learn how to be Permaculture Designers </li></ul>Proposals Why are we (as humans) so slow in learning about Sustainability? Class 1.1 PDC+++

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