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An Energy "Renaissance"?

Reposted from my Integral Permaculture blog.

David – I thought we were entering an energy “renaissance” with new and easy ways to extract gas via fracking.  Obviously, I understand the downsides of fracking.  Can you elaborate?

Ken Mann

Whatcom County Councilmember

Yes Ken, I…

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Added by David MacLeod on April 5, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

Oil Company Woes: This is What Energy Depletion Looks Like

The Bellingham Herald had a front page article Wednesday indicating the dismay being expressed by the County Council over the fact that the two largest corporate taxpayers are challenging their property tax assessments.  These would be BP Cherry Point refinery and the Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale.

The…

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Added by David MacLeod on March 14, 2014 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Nicole Foss on Deliberate Attempts to Cause System Failure

This post is a continuation of my series discussing David Holmgren’s Crash On Demand essay, and the multitude of responses that have popped up in the peak oil blogosphere.

One of those responses was by Nicole Foss, of The Automatic Earth. In fact her response was a…

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Added by David MacLeod on February 22, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

David Holmgren Responds to "Crash on Demand" Discussion

The blog post I wrote below is one of many circulating in the peak oil scene. I’m looking forward to hearing David Holmgren in his own words on this radio interview on Sunday, Feb. 2nd.  He’ll be answering  some of the questions raised in the recent debate on his essay “Crash on Demand.“ 8pm London time, I believe that’s Noon PST, here in Bellingham.

Here’s…

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Added by David MacLeod on February 1, 2014 at 4:12pm — No Comments

What Is PatternDynamics?

I'm excited for our workshop to begin tomorrow morning, and as I was waiting for Tim's arrival I was studying some of his material.  What follows are all Tim's words, but I've organized and put together various statements he's made to form another summary of what PatternDynamics is about.  There's still a little time…

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Added by David MacLeod on January 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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…

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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…

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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…

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Added by David MacLeod on December 17, 2013 at 8:12pm — 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,…

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

Top 10 Hits - Resilience.org and Energy Bulletin

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Added by David MacLeod on November 18, 2013 at 12:25pm — 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…

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

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

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…

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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:…

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

That Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Cue Johnny Mathis, singing "It's that most wonderful time of the year!"

I'm not talking about Christmas, however.  I'm talking about that time of year when the fresh, local fruits collide.  When you're getting the last of the Strawberries, the first of the Blueberries, and the peak of the raspberries!  I love how nature spaces out the fruit season so wonderfully!

These were picked minutes ago from our small but growing berry plants, including the above, plus red and black…

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Added by David MacLeod on July 6, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Many Uses of the Sun's Power

Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture site.

Permaculture Principle #5: Use and Value Renewable Resources

“Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behaviour and dependence on non-renewable…

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Added by David MacLeod on June 29, 2013 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Occupy Love, Part 2: Charles Eisenstein and Sacred Economics

Part 2 of my comments about this film...see Part 1 here.

As TW's Emily Farrell said, “My sense, so far, of this movie, is that it is grounded in the connectedness we feel in our hearts about what is happening in the world.”



And what attracts me most to the film is the portion featuring…

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Added by David MacLeod on May 7, 2013 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

International Permaculture Day

Today is International Permaculture Day.

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www.live.permacultureday.org

This is a good time to consider the investment ideas from the Permaculture movement:

“The time now is of transition, of asking yourself,…

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Added by David MacLeod on May 5, 2013 at 10:55am — No Comments

Occupy Love - May 21 and June 11 at Pickford's Limelight Theatre

This is a 'heads up' that Transition Whatcom's Heart & Soul working group is partnering with the Center for S.A.C.R.Ed. Change, Community Food Co-op, Occupy Bellingham, Terra Organica, and the Pickford Film Center to show the film "Occupy Love" on May 21 at the Limelight Theatre, and an…

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Added by David MacLeod on April 27, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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