In my previous PatternDynamics post (Following the Way Nature Organizes Itself to Deal with Complexity), I focused mostly on giving a fairly brief explanation of the underlying theory. In this post I’d like to share a little bit about the embodied experience of some of the Patterns that occurs during the PatternDynamics…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on January 9, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
The natural world is staggeringly complex, and yet amazingly elegant in how it manages the multitude of interconnected parts into organized, unified wholes that thrive. What is the secret for harnessing this elegance for use in human systems? Tim Winton found that observation of the most common patterns found in the natural world led to the development of high level principles which can then be used to address the most complex challenges that human systems…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on December 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
David Holmgren, co-originator of the Permaculture concept, published Future Scenarios in 2007, originally as a website, and then published by Chelsea Green in 2008 as a…Continue
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"Robyn Francis is one of the 26 contributors to Permaculture Pioneers – stories from the new frontier. In this short interview, introduced by co-editor Kerry Dawborn, Robyn talks about how permaculture informs everything in her life now,…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on December 5, 2013 at 9:56pm — No Comments
If truth be told, the legacy of myopic insight and action is the residue beholden to the individual and the collective. Unrecognized, any evolutionary aspects become hamstrung into conforming to recognizable patterns, albeit unconscious, this tendency darkens the way.
Many folks are familiar with the development of electricity in America and the squaring off between Thomas Edison and Nicholas Tesla. As Edison purported D.C. current and Tesla backed the A.C. ,…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on November 18, 2013 at 12:25pm — No Comments
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Reblogged from Integral Permaculture
Naomi Klein’s recent article posted at New Statesman has been generating a bit of a buzz. The title is “Why Science is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our Lives.” She begins with a story discussing a presentation by complex…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on November 10, 2013 at 10:27pm — No Comments
Swale sunflower at dawn:
There will be 3 consecutive photos of each swale. at 2 weeks, at 6 weeks and at 3 months.
Swale 1 at 2…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on September 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Reblogged from Integral Permaculture.
"Take it from the Lummis (which describes their story in a nutshell) regarding the wisdom of believing promises sworn to by the government, or by the corporations pulling its (purse) strings."
So begins this month's "Just Thinking" column in the Whatcom Watch by my good friend Philip Damon. Phil's column this month, "…Continue
Disturbing news from southeast Africa today, that bodes ill for NW coal schemes exploiting the existing North American rail infrastructure, which alone makes Powder River Basin coal of any economic value.
Any way you look at it, it’s a lose-lose-lose scenario of a race to the environmental and economic bottom for the people of Mozambique, for the people of the Pacific NW, and for the people of the world bearing climate decay.
Exports from one of the poorest countries…Continue
Added by Tim White on August 14, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Since finishing the swale installation we have had dry weather. So I have been watering the newly planted covercrops and grass on the swales. I also continued shaping the berms, ditches and spillways.
The following is a series of photos showing the changes. The first photo in each set was taken at 2 weeks after the initial installation. The 2nd photo in each set shows 6 weeks after installation.
Swale 1 at 2 weeks:
Swale 1 at 6…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on August 12, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments
Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture blog...
I know, it sounds like a subject best left to professional planners, politicians, and policy wonks. But it turns out to be a really important piece that is shaping the character and landscape of Whatcom County. Perhaps more importantly it plays a role in our ability to become more resilient by preserving fertile farmland for the purpose of feeding our…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on July 27, 2013 at 3:40pm — No Comments
Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture blog...
A couple of months ago there was a piece in the National Journal that put a spotlight on our humble county, and caught some local attention:…Continue
Added by David MacLeod on July 25, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Planning the 2nd Annual Whatcom SkillShare Faire- a really fabulous TRANSITION WHATCOM event! We are now recruiting people with skills to share, and volunteers to help make this big event happen...held this year on September 21-22 at Hovander Park in Ferndale. It is great fun, all kinds of cool skillshares, food, amazing music, camping, and more- for the whole family. Go to www.whatcomskillsharefaire.org to sign up!
Added by Kate Clark on July 25, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
It's been about 2-1/2 weeks since we finished the swale installation at our place.
Since then I have continued to shape the swale ditches, spillways and berms. And planted grass seed in the ditches. I've made the angle of the ditch walls wider so it will be easier to scythe the grass that grows on it later.
A deer got in and ate most of the leaves off the little apple tree that David planted. I hope it can recover.
For one of the spillways I carved a shallow serpentine…Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on July 18, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments
Catechism for a Witch’s Child
When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling
streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drink
a holy wine of honeysuckle
Added by Margo Terrill on July 15, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments