Shared by Graham Bell, from a recent PDC Handbook.
Why are patterns important?
- They are easy to remember.
- They are portable and so can be used anywhere.
- They are universal so they fit changing circumstances.
- They are strong because they bind their elements together (‘geodesic strength’, tesselation).
Patterns can be physical, behavioural or structural.
A pattern I use well:
A pattern I would like to change:
Some Permaculture patterns worth remembering:
- Start small start local
- Maximum diversity
- Many functions in each aspect, many alternatives for each function
- Everything is a gift
- Liabilities into assets
- The problem is its own solution
- Success comes in cans – not cannots
- There is enough for all if we take what we need, not to feed our greed
- Yield is unlimited
- Observe and follow the example of nature
- Care for land, people, and all life
- Maximum output for minimum intervention
- Think in five dimensions – three physical planes, time and relationships