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Embodying the Patterns of PatternDynamics

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…


Added by David MacLeod on January 9, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

PatternDynamics: Following The Way Nature Organizes Itself to Deal with Complexity



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…


Added by David MacLeod on December 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Crash on Demand: David Holmgren updates his Future Scenarios

Future Scenarios 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…


Added by David MacLeod on December 17, 2013 at 8:12pm — No Comments

The Global Butterfly Effect

"We are Life, in human form. Ancestors of the stars and galaxies, children of the oceans and forests. We are creative expressions of Nature, as much a part of this planet as the rivers, trees, mountains and butterflies."

~ The Global Butterfly Effect ~

For thousands of years people in Western cultures have been wrestling with the illusions we've spun from our dualistic mindsets and beliefs. It's…

Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 15, 2013 at 9:24am — No Comments

3 Minutes of Wisdom from Robyn Francis

"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,…


Added by David MacLeod on December 5, 2013 at 9:56pm — No Comments

City Limits


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. ,…


Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 1, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Top 10 Hits - and Energy Bulletin

Reposted from …


Added by David MacLeod on November 18, 2013 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Malware Alert Be careful out there.

Malware Alert

Be careful out there.


Added by Paul Kuepfer on November 13, 2013 at 2:35pm — No Comments

You Say You Want a Revolution

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…


Added by David MacLeod on November 10, 2013 at 10:27pm — No Comments

13. Swales 3 months After Installation

Swale sunflower at dawn:

This post is a series of photos showing the swales and the progression of shaping and cover crop growth over the 3 months since installation (End of June).

There will be 3 consecutive photos of each swale. at 2 weeks,  at 6 weeks and at 3 months.

Swale 1 at 2…


Added by Angela MacLeod on September 20, 2013 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

Recommended Reading

Small Scale Aquaponics: From Fish Poop to Seafood Dinner - Peak Moment TV with Janaia Donaldson

Tour a closed-loop water system where one critter’s wastes become another’s…

Added by David MacLeod on September 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Take It From the Lummis

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, "…


Added by David MacLeod on August 16, 2013 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

Coal-fired war flares in Mozambique, emerging 'Kuwait of Coal'; impact on NW exporting

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…


Added by Tim White on August 14, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

12. The Swales 6 Weeks After Installation

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…


Added by Angela MacLeod on August 12, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments

Why You Should Care About the Growth Management Act if You Live in Whatcom County

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…


Added by David MacLeod on July 27, 2013 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Could Our Obscure Whatcom County Election Change the Planet?

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:…


Added by David MacLeod on July 25, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Be a Part of 2nd Annual SkillShare Faire!

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 to sign up! 

Added by Kate Clark on July 25, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

11. The Swales 2 weeks after installation

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…


Added by Angela MacLeod on July 18, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Catechism for a Witch’s Child

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

on a…


Added by Margo Terrill on July 15, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

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