Applied Sustainability


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Notes and ruminations on Sustainability after attending Perma Kulcha: A Designers' Lounge for Maine Permaculture Designers & Friends
May 17, 2011

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Applied Sustainability

  1. 1. Applied Sustainability: Permaculture Food supply and community
  2. 2. <ul><li>This is important to me because intuitively, ecological systems have long made sense to me a as an ideal model for sophisticated economic systems, I believe philosophically, permaculture is the pinnacle of design, and as a futurist, I imagine sustainability. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Permaculture <ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs and assets inventory; ecological, flow analysis, and social system maps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Elements of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>zones, edibles, systems of natural resource, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Design process: problem definition; present and future state comparison including zone defining, action planning (“melding”), plans draw and detailed reports produced </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation; Forms of action; landscaping, workpartys, art installations (B. Giordano); change over time dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Zones: 1-2-3-4 and 5; also psychological, social, community at large* </li></ul><ul><li>Geomancy </li></ul>
  4. 4. Assumption People want and active role in their landscape
  5. 5. Assumption People fear future.
  6. 6. Perma Kulcha: A Designers' Lounge for Maine Permaculture Designers & Friends May 17, 2011 Portland Maine PelotonLabs
  7. 7. Julia and Charles Yelton <ul><li>Beyond Permaculture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Zone 00” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bloggers </li></ul><ul><li>Designers </li></ul><ul><li>Educators: USM Permaculture design Sicily </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bill Giordano <ul><li>UMO student </li></ul><ul><li>Grant recipient </li></ul><ul><li>MFA thesis in progress: Edible Landscapes as Public Art </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitive to emergence at the landscape engagement level </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries lessons as a student (ask him) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Noah Wentworth <ul><li>Kennebunk Community Farm Design </li></ul><ul><li>Green builder </li></ul><ul><li>cooperative farm business model complements design </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sarah Bostik <ul><li>Rippling Waters </li></ul><ul><li>Significant barriers to change </li></ul>
  11. 11. Other designers <ul><li>Jesse Watson </li></ul><ul><li>Pam Cragin </li></ul>
  12. 12. Culture of Permaculture ME community <ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Community of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Pot luck </li></ul><ul><li>Open source concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing design work </li></ul><ul><li>Social media connected </li></ul>
  13. 13. Engagement <ul><li>Higher education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>USM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UMO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For profit? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Civic Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Land Trust and Farm Land trust partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public lands; Parks and Recreation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Private Property owners </li></ul>
  14. 14. Political landscape <ul><li>Monoculture traditions </li></ul><ul><li>Food deserts </li></ul><ul><li>Petro Chemical holdings </li></ul><ul><li>Big Agriculture agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Local consumers orgs </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Property ownership </li></ul>
  15. 15. Management and Operations <ul><li>Niche opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Practical concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Social structures </li></ul><ul><li>Language barriers; politics </li></ul><ul><li>Politics and Power dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Values and belief systems </li></ul><ul><li>Look at sustainable future model </li></ul>
  16. 16. Models Brainstorm <ul><li>Farming </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Farming </li></ul><ul><li>Edibles Nursery </li></ul><ul><li>Homestead </li></ul><ul><li>Neighborhood convent Kitchen gardens (subdivision revision) </li></ul><ul><li>Activism: Eat your Lawn </li></ul><ul><li>Art Gallary </li></ul><ul><li>Transition towns; larger social change movements </li></ul>
  17. 17. Research Institute Brainstorm <ul><ul><li>Ethnography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document review of design reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action Research projects (Lewin, et al.) with asset based community development to designing community space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications: Communities of Practice Business School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economics; behavioral studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business; applied organizational behavior studies </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Zone 5 Engagement <ul><li>Zone 00 is personal readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Zone 1 living space; dwelling and engaging immediate landscape for sustenance </li></ul><ul><li>Zone 2, 3 and 4 solar, wind and water sub systems of local ecology </li></ul><ul><li>Zone 5, periphery; container, boundary, community </li></ul>
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