Following the well beaten and establish path is leading us over the precipice, what worked for previous generations is now failing us. Climate change looms as a spectre that reaffirms the increasingly pressing need to end the age of excessive consumption, yet from within the current economic paradigm it is hard to see outside of it. Permaculture provides a frame that challenges to look to the edges, to escape the well beaten path to explore and develop a new, updated and vibrant vision for our future. Have we left it too late? Well we will never know but certainly if we don’t try than the assertion will be true. Permaculture design is about how we collectively come together to create new understandings, new possibilities and a whole new narrative for the human future.
Rather than dismantling everything that went before we need to understnad that perpectives, priorites and views that served us previously no longer hold true, this is not a blame game but an earnest and intentioned drive to find the values and processes we need to see us through this great transition that lies before us.
For the PDC participants day 11 is a chance to explore edges and new perspectives. Working as a team the group is given a design brief and are challenged to incorporate some of the new ideas and principles presented by permaculture into a real life situation.
The hardest part of this challenge is sorting through the information, understanding the needs and constraints of the client, of the land and of the design team. It is a fascinating process to see it unfold, furthermore I love the fact that this design is about creating a play space for children to explore and build relationships with each other and the environment, ie beyond the edible landscape – permaculture design can offer incredibly powerful insights into many different circumstances.
Permaculture design presents a positive and inclusive message, one that we can embrace change and help us regenerate our damaged biosphere and social realm, with the ticking clock of climate change as our incentive to press forward with this work we knw not whether it is possible to create the change required in the time allowed, but fully engaging with that process seems to me the only sane thing to do in these uncertain times.