Archive for February, 2013

February 28, 2013

Myth-making can also be applied to permaculture in how we teach and express the role of care of the earth, the people and contributing our fair share.

An Entrepreneur for the future

Willi Paul
Willi Paul

The Purpose of Creating Myths

New Myth making is a movement that is meant to guide our present and future to a more fulfilling life. It is relevant to Permaculture because it uses the traditional method of using storytelling to share values, and teach lessons. To gain more insight into this topic I interviewed Modern-day myth-maker, Willi Paul. To prepare for this interview I read Paul’s Ebook #10: Cascadia’s Light Network. Some questions asked to Paul come from this publication.

What was your objective for creating the Cascadia’s Light Network?

Paul: The Cascadia’s Light Network is a literary tool or creative base that I use to develop the Post-Chaos future. I like the metaphor of “light” and hope the reader sees the many contrasts with the Dark Forces in my New Myths.

You ask 12 questions of your readers in the ebook #10. Why?

Paul: The questions are…

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February 25, 2013



An onlin-magazine started up by Willi Paul on Earth Day 2009

An online-magazine started up by Willi Paul on Earth Day 2009

Willi Paul is a permacultural entrepreneur. Although he mainly identifies as a modern mythmaker, is contribution to the permacultural world is imperative. Through the ancestral tradition of storytelling, Paul works to share mythical stories that pass down symbols. These symbols represent the sharing the importance of food, family and peace expressed through the indigenous imagination. His website provides insight from interviews he has had with other ethical entrepreneurs such as American writer and activist, Starhawk. Paul also interviews permaculturalist, alchemists, lightworkers, and mythmakers who are trying to change the world for the better. Visit this online-magazine to further understand the movement of creating a new culture.


February 19, 2013

Talent, Friends and Entrepreneurship

Talent, Friends and Entrepreneurship

Picture clip from Pha's video

Picture clip from Pha’s video

 Pha Chau is a fellow Eagan Highschool alumni who has years previous expressed great skill in the graphic arts. The use of line, color, and movement are used in a manner to display a sense of humor along with meticulous attention to detail. As a fellow collegue in the arts department at EHS, it is reasuring  to see other aspiring artists work hard in order to earn their dream of producing magnificent work.

It’s important that our generation sticks together in understanding processes that we use in order to produce great products. From the relationships that we form with our unofficial collegues we must create a community in which we share resources such as knowledge, technological skill, and equitable trade. Here, we must celebrate the talents that we all have by sharing our achievements as individual entrepreneurs. Keep up the work Pha Chau!

February 6, 2013

A Gathering of Beautiful People

A Gathering of Beautiful People

In 2008, Terra Madre hosted a conference where over 7,000 small-scale farmers shared products, culture, and techniques. Observe how the diversity of food is directly correalated with the diversity of culture. 

February 5, 2013

The Power of Terra Madre

The Power of Terra Madre

Terra Madre is an organization formulated by concerned small-scale food producers in Turin, Italy, in October 2004. This movement would come to be known as the “Slow Food” movement, named after its concept of having freshly prepared and healthy food available to local citizens. When I share these ideas with friends, family and “real” farmers, I get rolled eyes, accusations of “hippyism” or disillusionment. After my horticulture friend, Andy Shaw, suggested Vandana Shiva’s Manifestos on the Future of food & Seed, my optimism for an existence of multiple food havens is increased. Her collection offers many perspectives from different authors that all advocate the increased appreciation for locally produced products made and purchased by members of the community. There is also a strong emphasis placed on the need for these kinds of developments to be established in areas that aren’t susceptible to commercialization. 

The United States is an interesting place when it comes to the amount of places susceptible to commercialization. I feel the requirement to only develop food havens in places that aren’t susceptible to commercialization would work against the needed access to nutritious food. Urban agriculture is needed just as much as rural agriculture. This concept could be applied to the United States based on its message that empowers the individual buyer to think of themselves as ‘co-producers’ or people that determine the success of businesses depending on where they put their money.  

However, this can be difficult for the transitioning consumer. Personally, I have been struggling in my endeavor of finding affordable, nutritous AND ethical food during these winter times in zone 3. This is why I am taking the time to organize with community leaders in setting up the appropriate facilities for providing a space and resources for self-sustenance. In River Falls, Wisconsin, there have been many efforts to influence in becoming a food-friendly place. This has been through:

Local Government: 

Though River Fall, WI is nationally recognized for its sustainability, the River Falls City Council has, so far not been the greatest help. This, however, could be cured with more resident participation and proposals. 

Local Institutions: 

The University of Wisconsin- River Falls, the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development, along with local schools, and churches have helped the sustainability movement succeed. With these established institutions in place, it can be easier to find leaders, organize events, and continue to strive toward independence. 

Local People: 

Right now, the movement is concentrated on a set few. This set few, however, sit in very influential areas that include the University, local k-12, churches, and local businesses. With local organizations like The Awareness project, a community resource center located here in River Falls, these people can organize more efficiently. Grow to Share is another community organization dedicated to providing the city with a garden productive enough to supply members with a diversity of produce. 

The existence of Terra Madre took dedication and commitment from the people. I will continue to take note and analyze how Terra Madre was formed and how it has attained success in order to establish a Terra Madre on the homefront, River Falls, Wisconsin.