“DIY – The Creative Catalyst that is Re-Making the World” – Vision by Willi Paul Studio / Planetshifter.com
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DIY (“Do It Yourself”), also called the maker movement, is the key driver of deep global change right now.
Sustainability, Permaculture, Transition Town Initiative, SpiritNature, Social Responsibility and Resilience are all just spokes in the evolutionary wheel – with DIY at the hub (see graphic).
Definitions for these competing concepts follow the DYI vision.
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DIY lights a true 21st Century pioneer spirit that supports self-doing and self-reliance. It is largely independent of higher authority control and supports community resilience as DIYers teach each other patterns and trades. There is more purpose in the output of makers and more social glue.
Creativity and evolution start at the individual maker level but can extend to a new Guild system of sharing. Do It Yourselfers are concerned with craftsmanship, pride, values and waste.
Makers (DIYers) are building tool kits and communities. They are hands-on, ethical and value-adders; champions of un-scarcity, ratcheting up “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” into new creations.
What are you making at corporate America?
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In ecology, sustainability is the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes.
Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation, rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system. Building community and sharing are key ethics.
Transition Town Initiative differentiate themselves from other sustainability and "environmental" groups by seeking to mitigate these converging global crises by engaging their communities in home-grown, citizen-led education, action, and multi-stakeholder planning to increase local self-reliance and resilience.
DIY, or "Do it yourself", is the method of building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals. DIY behavior can be triggered by various motivations including identity enhancement (craftsmanship, empowerment, community seeking, and uniqueness).
SpiritNature is a belief system where the Earth is held as a higher power, integrated as a protector, sacred and wild. A higher consciousness where humans are committed to saving Nature from human wrong doing. The opposite of greed, toxic technologies, resource exploitation and waste in general. (W Paul)
Social Responsibility is an ethical framework and suggests that an entity, be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. Social responsibility is a duty every individual has to perform so as to maintain a balance between the economy and the ecosystems.
Resilience is the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress; and an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.