PDC Dragons, Week 4 home study

permaculture is a pattern language
Permaculture and patterns: integrated design approaches

Design from patterns to details and integrate rather than segregate. Week 4 is about how we approach design in permaculture and how we start to think in systems. As permaculture designers we want to create systems, things that can self regulate and moderate themselves and that work in harmony with nature.

Understand that as a permaculture designer you are placing yourself on teh leading edge of regenerative development. This selection of videos explores some of the ideas embedded in these principles as well as giving examples of their application is a range of very different circumstances.

Aranya Farm on the Deccan Plateau in India is mature example of a farm built on shallow soils in an arid climate. Founded by Narsanna and Padme Koppula in the late 1990’s. Andrew Millison takes us on a tour of the permaculture features.

This shows how their approach to0 design has used basic zonal and sector analysis to protect themselves from wind and fire adn to harvest as much water as possible.
Using mulch to protect and enhance soils
Greenpeace video that although dated holds true about the possibilities of combined heat and power and integrated energy systems. 17 mins, this is excellent
Some small and slow inventiveness on the farm

The amazing Incredible Edible Sound System, produced a set of 12 songs each exploring a permaculture principles.. here is ‘Take it Slow’

An inspirational short film showcasing New Zealand farmers leading the way with regenerative techniques to save our rivers from pollution and contamination. The Regenerators is a short doco by Greenpeace about these ecological pioneers restoring their soils, protecting waterways and farming for the future
Permaculture economics is the economics of abundance. Once we get away from the idea of scarcity then everything changes. I session we explored how a cyclical economic model, that reinforces the intended out comes and hangs on to investment and resources can grow and grow whilst also generating a surplus for investment.

A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism.

We first ran the series back in 2015, but it’s as relevant as ever. It’s presented by the journalist Kirsty Styles alongside James Meadway, who at the time was chief economist at the New Economics Foundation.

Probably too much detail for most, but if yu really want to get to the bottom of how we got into this terrible mess then then this critique of neo-liberal economic paradigm (thats Thatcherism to you) will get you there. It is good to understand the nature of the problem to be able to find the solution


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