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Permaculture Guilds and Resilience
Permaculture Guilds and Resilience
Permaculture Guilds and Resilience
Permaculture Guilds and Resilience
Permaculture Guilds and Resilience
Permaculture Guilds and Resilience
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Permaculture Guilds and Resilience
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Permaculture Guilds and Resilience

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This presentation from Shareable.net's first Design 4 Resilience conference on April 10, 2010 in Berkeley, California introduced the idea of permaculture guilds. The presentation led to a discussion …

This presentation from Shareable.net's first Design 4 Resilience conference on April 10, 2010 in Berkeley, California introduced the idea of permaculture guilds. The presentation led to a discussion of the applicability of permaculture principles to other domains.

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  • 1. What can permaculture guilds teach us about resilience?
  • 2. Overview
    • Introduce permaculture
    • 3. Define permaculture guilds
    • 4. Examine their principles and likely sources of resilience
    • 5. Open up topic for discussion
      • Suggested application: Urban planning/zoning
    • Brainstorm actions each of us can take away from this discussion
  • 6. Permaculture: An excessively short introduction
    • “A design system for the creation of sustainable human settlements” (Rob Hopkins)
    • 7. Originated with Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1970s
    • 8. Values wisdom of indigenous peoples along with contemporary sciences
    • 9. Seeks to observe nature and build/regenerate ecosystems, not fight nature with monocultures
  • 10. Selected Permaculture Principles: Ethics
    • Follows three primary ethical principles:
  • 13. What are permaculture guilds?
    • Combinations of complementary plants (and sometimes animals) known to thrive and build resilience together
    • 14. Example: the “three sisters” guild of Native American agriculture (corn, beans, and squash)
    • 15. Substitutions welcome
    • 16. Some guilds have ten or more members
  • 17. Selected Permaculture Principles at Work in Guild Design
    • Principles that may foster resilience include:
      • Prioritizing observation of nature
      • 18. Preferring native plants to exotics
      • 19. Favoring perennial plants over annuals
      • 20. Selecting/siting plants for relationships to others
      • 21. Valuing diverse elements and relations
      • 22. Choosing elements that have multiple functions
      • 23. Ensuring each function is supported by multiple elements
      • 24. Matching inputs and outputs to close loops
      • 25. Stacking plants, other elements in space and time
  • 26. Conversation starter: Are lessons from permaculture guilds relevant to urban planning?
    • Are monocultures inherently fragile?
    • 27. How can we tell what combinations (of businesses, schools, residences, spaces, etc.) work well together?
    • 28. What challenges might we face in applying lessons from permaculture guilds to regenerating urban environments?
  • 29. Brainstorm your action plan
    • What discussion points resonated most with you?
    • 30. Can you point to steps you can take in your life or work based on our discussion?
    • 31. Alternatively, what would you tell others about permaculture guilds and what they could learn from them?

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