Davie Phillip

Davie The name of your business:

Web page link: http://www.cultivate.ie http://www.thevillage.ie

Contact info: davie [at] cultivate.ie



What is your Livelihood? Your role?
It’s a difficult question to answer, I have many roles and many streams of livelihood. As a portofolio worker, engaging in many fields, I haven’t been employed for twenty years but has always earned a small income enough to cover my expenses. For example, I run the Community Resilience Programme, where we are working with areas such as Schools for Resilience. I also curate 25 NGOs and 200 people in a festival called “The Electric Picnic”, held every year in Ireland. My main work is in designing and facilitating, and also deliviering and designing trainning. In the village where I am active, Cloughjordan, I’m part of running We Create which is a collaborative place where we work with all kinds of groups. This has been made possible after working for 15 years with establishing our community. It is only the 5th year we’re living here, now we are 53 households and we have permission for 100 or so more. Even if I am a founder of the project, I do not earn enough now to live in the village. Continue reading “Davie Phillip”

Rakesh (Rootsman Rak)

Rakesh2The name of your business: Ecological Designs

Web page link: http://www.ecologicaldesigns.co.uk/

Contact: through webpage



What is your Livelihood? Your role?
My main focus has been as a designer, facilitator and teacher. I facilitate Permaculture design and ecology, getting more and more involved in the social Permaculture to enhance my own capacity in this area. I’m very good at understanding complex systems and simplifying them, which comes from my background in IT consultancy. I was working with fault tolerant UNIX systems: designing computers that never ever crash. By designing in redundancy and ensuring no single points of failure I can guarantee when components die, the system keeps on running.

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What a dream it would be if the classified section of our newspapers were littered with such headlines! As permaculture gains popularity and credibility, it is essential that those who choose the path of teaching strive to improve this craft alongside their knowledge of permaculture itself.

Even though everyone and anyone is capable of teaching permaculture effectively to others, running a successful course still requires a high level of competence and wisdom to be able to communicate it effectively.

In the same way that a doctor needs a good memory and a builder needs to be able to lift heavy things, there is a set of skills (not necessarily credentials) that fit into the “Permaculture Teacher Job Description.”


Right Livelihood

The term “Right Livelihood” originates in Buddhism and means that practitioners ought not to engage in trades or occupations which, either directly or indirectly, result in harm for other living beings. This is in line with the Permaculture ethics and in 1981, Bill Mollison was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for his work on Permaculture. At the same time, “Livelihoods” is what we live on, and usually Permaculture teachers have to make some sort of a living, too. Including our livelihoods in our design to professionalize our work, taking its global implications into account, is true Permaculture and makes it “right livelihood”.

Because of this, a workgroup focused on doing interviews:
“Telling our stories of livelihood”.

We asked a number of people with a questionnaire and in interviews to tell their personal example as an active permaculturist. How do you earn your livelihood through Permaculture? What do you do – teach, design, build communities, …? How do you relate your work to the Permaculture ethics and principles? Can you survive on Permaculture based activities alone?

We set out to find these good examples, to share all the good stuff going on and to bring inspiration and certainty:
Permaculture can be an integral part of our WHOLE life. These are the stories we are sharing with you here. Find the interviews here