OPENSTUDIO 6. Video. Willi Paul: Analysis of Permaculture + Transition + Occupy. Rob Joyce: Oconee EcoClassroom Pilot Project Design
Video. Willi Paul: Analysis of Permaculture + Transition + Occupy. Rob Joyce: Oconee EcoClassroom Pilot Project Design

Please refer to the OPENSTUDIO 6 video for added insight.

Teaching Notes

I. Inputs


Permaculture Ethics

Neatly summed up as "Earth care, people care, fair shares," the permaculture ethics give purpose to our work, and connect us with the many millions of others who are also working towards a fairer, healthier, and more harmonious human culture.

1. Care of the Earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.

2. Care of people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary to their existence.

3. Setting limits to population and consumption: By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.

Permaculture Principles

1. Observe and Interact
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

2. Catch and Store Energy
"Make hay while the sun shines"
Storing energy in the landscape
Catching and storing energy in our built environment.

3. Obtain a Yield
"You can't work on an empty stomach"

4. Apply Self-regulation and Accept Feedback
"We reap what we sow"

5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
"Let nature take its course"
Permaculture makes use of natural processes and animal behaviours as part of a design.

6. Produce no Waste
"Waste not want not", "A stitch in time saves nine"

7. Design from Patterns to Details
"Can't see the woods for the trees"

8. Integrate rather than Segregate
"Many hands make light work"

9. Use Small and Slow Solutions
"The bigger they are the harder they fall", "Slow and steady wins the race"

10. Use and Value Diversity
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket"

11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal
"Dont' think you are on the right track just because it is a well beaten path"

12. Creatively Use and Respond to Change
"Vision is not seeing things as they are, but as they will be"

The 7 Guiding Principles of Transition

1. Positive Visioning
2. Help People Access Good Information and Trust Them to Make Good Decisions
3. Inclusion and Openness
4. Enable Sharing and Networking
5. Build Resilience
6. Inner and Outer Transition
7. Subsidiarity: self?organization and decision making at the appropriate level

Occupy's Goals

The Movement intends to focus on unfair practices and structuring within the world's economic systems.

Occupy urges the fair taxation for all citizens giving just as much taxation to the world's rich if not more when compared to the rates of the middle classes and poorer citizens.

Occupy seeks to have the world's governments be more accountable in not starting violent conflicts that are usually motivated with economical or political intentions.

The Occupy Movement intends to allocate resources wherever capable to defending the citizens of the world from destructive Nationalistic and religious ideologies that threaten our human race.

The Occupy Movement's Intended Goals are directed at creating positive modifications to our Global economic systems and strategies to most effectively benefit our human race.

II. Outputs


* Designers
* PDC courses
* Demo sites
* Food production
* Soil revitalization
* Small elite making money while not providing pathways to employment
* Lack of outputs
* No professional group
* Few heroes


* Building community
* Localization strategies
* Post-Peak Oil tools
* Building a new economy
* What is resilience?
* How many are actively involved per community
* UK-focused?
* Heroes?


* Protests
* Camp-ins
* Blockades
* Marches
* Able to use social media
* Inclusivity + compassion
* Negative perception
* Take-over of public property
* Taking wages from workers (Port actions)
* Cost to all citizens for police support
* Anger
* Lack of strategies

III. Initial Analysis of Permaculture + Transition + Occupy

1. Permaculture could benefit from Occupy's aggressive campaigning tactics

2. Permaculture can teach design with Nature strategies to transition & Occupy

3. Transition can teach Permaculture & Occupy how to vision and build local community

4. Transition can teach Permaculture & Occupy about energy saving tools and strategies

5. Permaculture could help build an Occupy camp

6. As we support each other, rapid growth and change is possible as are new stories, rituals and heroes.

What are your ideas?