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Supplanting the                         Modern World                         Ecosystemic Succession through               ...
To Supplant:                           to intentionally speed                         ecosystemic succession --           ...
A claim:                         The Success of any project is                       dependent upon the cultural health   ...
What contributes to system failure                   in human endeavors?                  Mill Basin, BrooklynTuesday, Jul...
And what contributes to                          system success?                 Rancho Mastatal,                   Costa ...
Remembering Gandhi’s epic,                ‘Be the change you want to see’...            &, the rule of inertia that says, ...
Remembering Gandhi’s epic,                ‘Be the change you want to see’...                       ... I am left with thes...
Work at Home                        Work for Home                        Work with Home                       I am left wi...
& Build Regenerative CultureTuesday, July 17, 12
a                       CULTURAL ENGINE                          -- Philadelphia --Tuesday, July 17, 12
CULTURAL ENGINE: CONTENTS                                            Vision                         Summary               ...
VISION                                       (one of abundance)                         Cultural Engines empower communiti...
THEMES                       (practices)                                   (larger baskets)                               ...
GOALS   PATH:                                                                  TEAM:   - We feel the love, joy & nourishme...
STREAMS                                                             Food             Gardens                              ...
PROJECTS                        feeding     loving                       sharing         design                          C...
PROGRAM COMPOSITION               REGENERATION CURRICULUM                            EXPLORING REGENERATION               ...
YIELDS OF PROGRAM                                                           C.E.        - a shared, established, regenerat...
FUTURE                                 This is a vocational training program.                    Beautiful performance pos...
SUMMARY               •       A Cultural Engine weaves a container in which we may develop core                       lead...
Engine Curriculum -- Across Scale                                      PERSONAL HEALTH                          Zone 0    ...
Engine Curriculum                                        HOME LIFE &                                   BASIC COMMUNICATION...
Engine Curriculum                                   BASIC NEEDS CARE                                    - GARDENING -     ...
Engine Curriculum                                       SKILLS SHARE                                - VOCATIONAL TRAINING ...
Engine Curriculum                                    REGENERATIVE                                     ENTERPRISE          ...
Engine Curriculum                                       SPORULATION...                         (contagious & filled with l...
... & NUCLEI MERGINGTuesday, July 17, 12
... & NUCLEI MERGING            Nesting Systems -- (Ecosystem Modeling)                    Growing in ComplexityTuesday, J...
So from one...Tuesday, July 17, 12
Grows many...Tuesday, July 17, 12
... & we grow a mycelial network of living systems.Tuesday, July 17, 12
But what drives the engine?!Tuesday, July 17, 12
Tuesday, July 17, 12
With the sun                                as our model...              We offer the gift of ourselves -- without thought...
And growing regenerative                             economies...                        We utilize, gift, & trade diverse...
So, what kinds of work                         can the Engine do?Tuesday, July 17, 12
Tuesday, July 17, 12
Tuesday, July 17, 12
Tuesday, July 17, 12
Tuesday, July 17, 12
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But what about the                           challenges?Tuesday, July 17, 12
challenges include:                       - busy, ‘full’ lives               - shortage of permies     - affecting the ine...
What kinds of work                       can the Engine do, again?Tuesday, July 17, 12
Wanna move to West Philly                             & find out?            Or start another wherever you are?Tuesday, Ju...
Thank You.Tuesday, July 17, 12
Supplant the                       Modern World                          Frances Rose Subbiondo                       wear...
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Supplanting the Modern World - Ecosystemic Succession through Cultural Engines

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From a presentation offered at the 2012 NE Regional Permaculture Convergence... An exploration of the rationale & strategic development behind the creation of a replicable pilot -- now growing in Philadelphia --called a ‘Cultural Engine’. A call & an invitation.

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Supplanting the Modern World - Ecosystemic Succession through Cultural Engines

  1. 1. Supplanting the Modern World Ecosystemic Succession through CULTURAL ENGINES Frances Rose Subbiondo -- NEPC 2012Tuesday, July 17, 12
  2. 2. To Supplant: to intentionally speed ecosystemic succession -- by growing conditions that undermine the current state’s ability to thrive or survive.Tuesday, July 17, 12
  3. 3. A claim: The Success of any project is dependent upon the cultural health of the groups that the project touches.Tuesday, July 17, 12
  4. 4. What contributes to system failure in human endeavors? Mill Basin, BrooklynTuesday, July 17, 12
  5. 5. And what contributes to system success? Rancho Mastatal, Costa RicaTuesday, July 17, 12
  6. 6. Remembering Gandhi’s epic, ‘Be the change you want to see’... &, the rule of inertia that says, ‘More work is needed to change, or overcome a path, than to sustain it’...Tuesday, July 17, 12
  7. 7. Remembering Gandhi’s epic, ‘Be the change you want to see’... ... I am left with these directives: &, the rule of inertia that says, ‘More work is needed to change, or overcome a path, than to sustain it’...Tuesday, July 17, 12
  8. 8. Work at Home Work for Home Work with Home I am left with these directives: Share Work Share Lives Share Food Share ExpenseTuesday, July 17, 12
  9. 9. & Build Regenerative CultureTuesday, July 17, 12
  10. 10. a CULTURAL ENGINE -- Philadelphia --Tuesday, July 17, 12
  11. 11. CULTURAL ENGINE: CONTENTS Vision Summary Themes Future Goals Program Yields Streams Program Projects ElementsTuesday, July 17, 12
  12. 12. VISION (one of abundance) Cultural Engines empower communities to serve themselves, by cultivating visionary local leadership; creating pathways to access the unique & essential gifts in everyone; & by driving a wider cultural paradigm-shift forward.Tuesday, July 17, 12
  13. 13. THEMES (practices) (larger baskets) -  Gardens that Heal - -  Work w/nature spirits - - Living Systems - -  Transparency - - Gift Culture - - Co-Creation - Share what you have been given for the benefit of all. (ancient) (activities) -  Follow your Heart - - Family Investment - -  Recognize & Gather existing - Urban Reclamation - Indigenous Wisdom - - Regenerative Enterprise - - Affluence & Abundance -  Growing Community & Food - is a Natural State of Being -Tuesday, July 17, 12
  14. 14. GOALS PATH: TEAM: - We feel the love, joy & nourishment inherent in this work. - We grow together a culture & practice of permaculture - We find happiness in sharing more of our lives & works & regeneration. together. - We affirm life in all its expressions & forms. - We help one another to fulfill individual & collective goals. - We link & weave our efforts to other home spaces -- - We find vital engagement & collective collaboration. & to our greater web of connected communities. - We push our growing edges & support all in that practice. - We plant seeds & watch them grow. - We help one other create wealth & celebrate the success of all. - We heal & collaborate. - We self-organize into nested, whole units of commitment & - We build & grow connected, loving human community. responsibility - We practice clear, open communication & honesty. PRACTICES: - We question practices & directives -- & agitate for evolution. - We feel our unity beneath our awesome diversity. - We utilize our core gifts & discover new ones. - We create & offer safe spaces to explore our individual & - We transcend binary fields. collective human experiences. - We express our honest appreciation of the service of all who serve. INCLUSION: - We face our unknown fates with loving abandon. - We co-create whatever unfolds. - We practice Radical Inclusivity & Radical Hospitality. - We engage in myriad forms of union. - We honor, embrace & utilize each of our unique talents & skills. - We create wealth & add value to all realms of capital. - We model our family after commonalities of earth- WHAT ELSE? WHAT ARE YOURS? centered cultures across the world & across time.Tuesday, July 17, 12
  15. 15. STREAMS Food Gardens Permaculture (Realms) Living Systems Architecture Regenerative Economies (Disciplines) ‘the work that reconnects’ Life Design Nature Connection Foraging Local 8 Shields (Practices) Regenerative D.I.O. (do it ourselves) Enterprise (Contexts) Ecosystem Design Radical Queer YogaTuesday, July 17, 12
  16. 16. PROJECTS feeding loving sharing design Community tending Radical Cultivation of planting Supported Kitchen Urban Landscapes mapping growing cooking eating harvesting sharing vision sharing selves sharing excitement Two Public Events in the Summer & Fall celebrating sharing sharing skills abundanceTuesday, July 17, 12
  17. 17. PROGRAM COMPOSITION REGENERATION CURRICULUM EXPLORING REGENERATION GARDEN TEAMS Contextualization.  Goal Setting. GAIA STORY Flows.  Strategies.  Consciousness.  Patterning. KITCHEN TEAMS Elements :  EARTH & WATER Sustenance & Support.  Fluidity & Adaptation.   Food.  Culture.  Physicality.  Gender.  Sexuality. Elements :  WIND & FIRE EVENT TEAMS Expression, Breath, & Open Systems.  Passion & Spirit Connection. Language & Spirit. LIFE DESIGN SUPPORT Co-Created Exploration.   Conscious Application of the Patterns & Principles of Healthy Ecologies in Our Lives Together. STRUCTURES COMMUNITY / NEW CULTURE Explorations & Case Studies in Contemporary Indigenous Cultures. (Participants remain BIRTH, LIFE, DEATH, RENEWAL, TRANSITION Patterns Distillation.  Learnings Harvest.   at choice about focus areas) Application of Pattern Languages.Tuesday, July 17, 12
  18. 18. YIELDS OF PROGRAM C.E. - a shared, established, regenerative practice - - our unique & essential qualities, amplified, with the strength, harmony, & grace of the natural world coursing through us - - greater personal & communal health - - delicious food - - finding a unique & contemporary indigenous - C.E. - healthy soil - - seeding an empire of regenerative industry -Tuesday, July 17, 12
  19. 19. FUTURE This is a vocational training program. Beautiful performance positions one to occupy a role in crews doing this work around the world -- adding value to naturally abundant sources of beauty & productivity -- in any of a growing number of international landed communities (currently) in: Peru, Sicily, Costa Rica, Italy, West Philadelphia, & Lesvos.Tuesday, July 17, 12
  20. 20. SUMMARY • A Cultural Engine weaves a container in which we may develop core leadership skills, as we learn to bring the work of regeneration to all of our Home communities. • Participants will learn hard skills in building, nourishment, organic gardening, community event production, & environmental education -- & soft skills in regeneration & permaculture. All remain at choice about their areas of focus. • The installation of urban food systems & the creation of a Community Supported Kitchen at the Starship Lollipop are the program’s feature projects -- alongside the creation of two seasonal celebration events. • Graduates emerge inspired, broadly-skilled, de facto community leaders, & comprise a troupe of social entrepreneurs. Tuesday, July 17, 12
  21. 21. Engine Curriculum -- Across Scale PERSONAL HEALTH Zone 0 (INNER & OUTER BODY) - MEDITATION - - YOGA - - LIFE DESIGN -Tuesday, July 17, 12
  22. 22. Engine Curriculum HOME LIFE & BASIC COMMUNICATION Zone 1 - RELATIONSHIP DESIGN - - CO-COUNSELING - - NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION -Tuesday, July 17, 12
  23. 23. Engine Curriculum BASIC NEEDS CARE - GARDENING - - COOKING - Zone 2 - & SO MUCH MORE -Tuesday, July 17, 12
  24. 24. Engine Curriculum SKILLS SHARE - VOCATIONAL TRAINING Zone 3Tuesday, July 17, 12
  25. 25. Engine Curriculum REGENERATIVE ENTERPRISE - EXCHANGING PLAINLY VALUABLE GOODS & SERVICES - - GROWING A NETWORK OF PROVIDERS & SUBSCRIBERS - Zone 4Tuesday, July 17, 12
  26. 26. Engine Curriculum SPORULATION... (contagious & filled with love) Zone 5Tuesday, July 17, 12
  27. 27. ... & NUCLEI MERGINGTuesday, July 17, 12
  28. 28. ... & NUCLEI MERGING Nesting Systems -- (Ecosystem Modeling) Growing in ComplexityTuesday, July 17, 12
  29. 29. So from one...Tuesday, July 17, 12
  30. 30. Grows many...Tuesday, July 17, 12
  31. 31. ... & we grow a mycelial network of living systems.Tuesday, July 17, 12
  32. 32. But what drives the engine?!Tuesday, July 17, 12
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  34. 34. With the sun as our model... We offer the gift of ourselves -- without thought of reward. We invite all life those around us to do the same. We set spirals, & vast linkages of life, in motion.Tuesday, July 17, 12
  35. 35. And growing regenerative economies... We utilize, gift, & trade diverse forms of capital Living Financial Experiential Material Cultural Social Emotional Spiritual Intellectual .. And grow fabulously richTuesday, July 17, 12
  36. 36. So, what kinds of work can the Engine do?Tuesday, July 17, 12
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  42. 42. But what about the challenges?Tuesday, July 17, 12
  43. 43. challenges include: - busy, ‘full’ lives - shortage of permies - affecting the inertia of the modern worldTuesday, July 17, 12
  44. 44. What kinds of work can the Engine do, again?Tuesday, July 17, 12
  45. 45. Wanna move to West Philly & find out? Or start another wherever you are?Tuesday, July 17, 12
  46. 46. Thank You.Tuesday, July 17, 12
  47. 47. Supplant the Modern World Frances Rose Subbiondo wearenatureworking@gmail.comTuesday, July 17, 12

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