If we’re aiming to turbo-charge our relationships for resilience and social transformation, we need to be judicious about where and with whom we channel our effort. In Episode 4 of the Social Permaculture Online Bootcamp, Ben Habib draws on the concept of permaculture “zones,” and specifically how they might be interpreted in a social permaculture context, to inventory our networks of interpersonal relationships. Ben also introduces a social permaculture patterning tool, inspired by the zoning concept, of levels of political organisation of increasing scale from the individual to the global.
Taking it further
For more on the “zones” concept in permaculture, see:
- David Holmgren (2002). Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. Hepburn: Holmgren Design Services.
- David Holmgren (2018). Retrosuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future. Seymour: Melliodora Publishing.
- Rosemary Morrow (2015). Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture (2nd Ed). Permanent Publications.
- Peter Bane (2012). The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country. Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers.
For more on social permaculture, see:
- Looby Macnamara (2012). People and Permaculture. Permanent Publications.
- Juliana Birnbaum and Louis Fox (2014). Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.
For more on holons and complex systems sciences, see:
- Santa Fe Institute: Exploring the frontiers of complex systems science.
- Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows (1972). The Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind. London: Potomac Associates.
- Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows (2004). Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing Company.
- Cudworth, Erika, and Stephen Hobden. Posthuman International Relations: Complexity, Ecologism and Global Politics. London and New York: Zed Books, 2013.
- Miller, John H., and Scott E. Page. Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.
Also, Permaculture Australia has compiled a list of permaculture resources from Australian practitioners for living through pandemic times.
Social Permaculture Online Bootcamp
With an emphasis on transmutation, Social Permaculture Online Bootcamp will explore issues, problems and anxieties associated with the COVID-19 crisis, and draw from insights from social permaculture and beyond to think about how we might respond.