Posts tagged ‘Permaculture’

February 13, 2014

Headland Sculpture

Headland Sculpture

In the planning stages of finally taking on Headland‘s real life creation, this project is long overdue. It’s process represents bringing life to the many conceptions that are born within our imagination. Headland takes on the challenge of enveloping the many conventions we enjoy on a commercial level and highlights the potential of  using the “micro-scapes” that exist in the biological world in forming a functional society that supports the needs of human communities. By using 3-D line, shape, and form, with a clay model, I plan on finally creating a living representation of Headland. Stay tuned for prototypes.

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February 25, 2013

PlanetShifter

PlanetShifter

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.

 

January 13, 2013

A World Without Water: A Global Takeover?

A World Without Water: A Global Takeover

Photo courtesy of Jehad Nga for the New York Times

Photo courtesy of Jehad Nga for the New York Times

This article was published today , January 13, 2013 and was written by the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Mizengo Pinda, and posted by Craig Mackintosh on PermacultureNews.org. In the letter Pinda talks about the origin and the potential damage of privatizing something as important as water. In Tanzania, people will have the opportunity to vote for or against the control of water; of life by The World Bank. I see this article as a reminder of how some of the basic freedoms of humanity have the potential to be taken away by humans themselves; humans in professional positions of power. We must prepare to have laws against us doing the beautiful things we do as permaculturalists.

The World Bank logo

The World Bank logo

We must prepare to fight against laws that prohibit producing, and attracting sustenance; laws against free community programming about self-sufficiency; and laws against living without paying . This issue is far too close to home. Corporations like The World Bank are what sparked Occupy movements across the world. These corporations need people to provide them with the visions of the pain and suffering this policy will cause. We must create a community from advocates to lobbyists, doctors to athletes, artists to farmers, and everyone in between that will all stand up against corporations taking the control of the right to sustain life and the right to control water! Provided in the article is an hour long documentary about the impact of such a policy. So sit down with a buddy, some popcorn and enjoy!

December 24, 2012

Response: Positivity in messaging after a massacre

I will stand behind this entry in an attempt to also spread a message. As a person who also identifies as non-Christian, I do believe that there needs to be an emphasis of values and morals taught in our schools. I also think it’s important to teach theological literacy so that our future generation can be trained to identifiy absolutist ideas. Historically, Christianity has been infamous for being one of the major sources for group think due to its absolutism and dominating trait of encouraging hegemony.

I believe the source of the public’s frustration with Mike Huckabee is that he is a Christian public figure that is continuing the trend of spreading the message of a specific faith that has for centuries taken the religious freedoms of others by setting up a spiritual heirarchy in this world. Perhaps if the definition of God is described as something that places individual humans as an interconnected species that perform as a some kind of functioning unit that carries out some sort of positive action, I could see where Huckabee’s words could come in handy. But,when it comes to a man who interprets something as powerful as the ‘Word’ like Mike Huckabee, I think we should emphasize his lack of framing in his messaging for an audience (most likely largely Christian) that may be emotionally charged and angry. Though there isn’t an excuse for the attacker, there is still a noticeable process of dehumanization in the form of deamonizing and isolating the person, or types of individuals. This only seems to hide the problems we face as a society.

I believe that the problems are related to how we view other individuals.  I believe this kind of violence is patterned around violence that occurs due to neglect or isolation. Some of the prevention could look like educating our youth and communities about communication in advocacy, conflict resolution, and in a country where guns are considered a right—gun awareness and training.

Taking in Permacultural principals like Observing and interacting, applying self-regulation, and integrating rather than segragating.

In observing and interacting we can prepare for potential events. Adam Lanza, in the news, had often been described as being a troubled recluse. Without the acknowledgement and support of community members, there hadn’t seemed to have been a chance to prevent future conflict.

Applying self-regulation could be utilized to help us reflect how we contribute to the lives that we share with people in our local societies. How do we treat each other? How do we think of each other? Where do we place ourselves in accordance?

Integrating rather than segragating is important in prevention because it is inclusive. Inclusivity provides opportunities to participate in working as a contributing member that works to complete a function(s). This is where observing and interacting are great tools. A community gathering place or a church (before this word was taken for 100% for religious use) is a wonderful example of including friends and family.

The solution for these kinds of issues can only stem from the knowledge we collect from when we are actively involved in each other. Inclusivity starts when we start questioning how our personal values can bring positivity. In this case, the chances of survival for the human race. We must observe and interact with the surroundings that we share. We must look at ourselves to see how our actions could impact others. And we must integrate in order share our experiences in dealing with inter and intra conflicts.

Permaculture is an example of thinking outside the womb of absolutist thought in describing what is missing from our educational institutions. This kind of thought must be encouraged so that the origin of information can be more willingly criticized and changed. This is a time for ideological change. What happened to 26 innocent victims at Sandy Hook Elementary should remind us that we need to make these necessary changes not just for ourselves but for the people that hold our future, our children.

 

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I sorta agree with Mike Huckabee.  There, I said it.

If you haven’t already heard, former Presidential candidate and current Fox News personality Mike Huckabee caused a minor uproar for some comments he made last week in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT.

Appearing on Fox News, Huckabee said that part of the reason for the violence in our school systems is that we have “systematically removed God from our schools.”

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And, understandably, many people came out and criticized him for making such comments.

But I sort of agree with Huckabee.  Sort of.

I’ve been struggling with this for a few days and I recently saw a post from a Facebook friend expressing similar thoughts, so I thought I’d put mine down on paper (also known as a laptop) to see if I can make more sense of it.  So hear me out.

Huckabee went on to say that…

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