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Permaculture Flower Pattern Language
Adam Brockon 25 August 2013
Transcript of Permaculture Flower Pattern Language
And Force of Life
Networks and Hierarchies
Collaborate and Caucus
Fear burns bright
Hope burns long
The Web of Oppression
Forms of Capital
Speak to Multiple Intelligences
Denver Handmade Homemade Market
Access to Land
Browns and Greens
(materials high in carbon)
(materials high in nitrogen)
Austrian Winter Pea
Lab Lab Bean
Animals as Tools
Obtain A Yield
And Accept Feedback
Use Renewable Resources and Services
Produce no waste
Patterns to Details
"Biology is the new technology"
Use small and
Use and value diversity
Use edges and
value the marginal
Creatively use and respond to change
Redundance = resilience
Step up/step back
The progress narrative
Rites of Passage
The problem is the solution
Solar hot water
Hierarchy with consent
The process of building community
The essential nature of a place:
what makes it unique and special
Land and water forms
Crafts and industries
On a dashboard in the sun
Professions of Primary Production
Develop skills and livelihoods
based on meeting basic human needs
Crop harvests usually come in pulses, while people have steady nutritional needs year round. Food preservation allows us to catch and store the energy produced during the harvest season for later enjoyment.
Catalyst that mediates the flow between elements in a system
One for the money,
Two for the hood
Reducing the need to earn
It can be very challenging to form alliances with communities different from your own, even if you live in the same area. Therefore, find and engage community members that have extensive lived experience with both communities.
Nearly every community or subculture has a person that "knows everybody". These people are the network weavers: they have the social skills and enough knowledge of the entire community to create mutually beneficial interconnections between people in a group, making the whole community closer and more effective.
From wikipedia: Nemawashi in Japanese means an informal process of quietly laying the foundation for some proposed change or project, by talking to the people concerned, gathering support and feedback, and so forth. It is considered an important element in any major change, before any formal steps are taken, and successful nemawashi enables changes to be carried out with the consent of all sides.
Nemawashi literally translates as "going around the roots", from (ne, root) and (mawasu, to go around [something]). Its original meaning was literal: digging around the roots of a tree, to prepare it for a transplant.
From wikipedia: Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. No precise value has been proposed for Dunbar's number. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 230, with a commonly used value of 150.
Our contemporary idea of a leader is one of ego and domination. True leaders, however, see themselves as servants of the community, and earn their leadership by taking responsibility for executing the community's wishes. Taoism counsels that a good leader is a lake that rivers can flow into - being willing to receive the input of others and hold them.
Radicals are the community members itching for change. Often but not necessarily younger, they have Big Ideas for how society should be and are eager to put them into action. Sometimes their ideas are premature and need refinement, but sometimes they are truly game-changing. Radicals need the support of elders to offer them advice and mentorship, but the elders must have the wisdom to allow radicals to make their own mistakes.
Spheres of influence
Intimacy through adversity
Talisman of Healthy Community
Healthy communities can be seen as existing in a dynamic balance between two sets of forces. Along the vertical axis, passion must be balanced with responsibility. Power is earned by making commitments and keeping them. Meanwhile, the horizontal axis represents a balance between communication and trust. When all the members of the group are heard, the group becomes a learning organization, where inquiry is valued over advocacy. All these are bound by the circle of common vision, value and goals.
In any community of scale 3 and up, there will inevitably arise sub-groups, factions, or cliques. These clusters of people may be aligned by age, family ties, ethnic background, politics, mutual interests, or any number of other variables. In all cases, the community at large will only be healthy when there is a balance between social autonomy of these sub-groups and coordination with the other groups. In other words, people need an in-group to feel a sense of kin and identity - but they also need to break outside of that in-group on a regular basis to understand the needs and gifts of others unlike them. In more formal contexts, this takes the guise of
of subgroups, which are allowed to deliberate in isolation and come back to the larger group.
A Permaculture Pattern Language
By Adam Brock
In a society where there is so much healing work to be done, it's understandable that many people end up committing to more projects than they can realistically manage. This is OK in short bursts, but if it becomes the norm it usually leads to fatigue and burnout.
Therefore, it is necessary to examine one's capacity and commitments on a regular basis, and "prune" the commitments that one is able to. Some questions for determining which commitments to prune:
Where is my involvement resulting in the least impact?
Which commitments are least in line with PC principles and my own goals?
Which roles can most easily be transferred to other people?
Rocket mass heater
Studies show that both children and adults across cultures feel more secure in a structure with a roof that surrounds the structure; roofs that have living space within its volume, not just under it.
Because the built environment reduces the use of natural land resources underneath, rooftop gardens are highly encouraged. Interspersed among the sloping roofs, there should be at least one flat, usable outdoor space in each building, more if they will be used. These spaces should be located so that they are easily accessed on the same level as an indoor room or corridor.
A trench filled with porous material (with or without piping) that allows water to infiltrate quickly and percolate into root zone of surrounding soil
An energy intensive earthwork that creates flat shelves parallel to the contour of a slope
A gently sloping drainage way built slightly off-contour allowing water to move slowly down slope across a landscape while also allowing some to infiltrate into the soil
Sunken Bed/Infiltration Basin
A shallow level-bottomed depression dug into the earth to intercept and infiltrate rainfall and runoff
Berm 'n Basin
An earthwork creating a perpendicular net to gently/moderately sloping land to slow, spread and infiltrate water runoff
Dry stream basin that fills with water during times of stormwater runoff. A way to divert water to more needed areas.