Permaculture Design Process – 6. Placement & integration

by Aranya


Now we’ll get down to experimenting with where the different elements & systems
in your design might be best placed. If you already have a fixed point of focus on
the site (such as a house), then you’ll be aiming to place everything most efficiently
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Session Plan: Teaching PC Design Principles the Open Space Way

08-introducing-the-timetableShared by Antonio Scotti, As. Cambium Permacultura en Formación, Spain, October 2103

In this session, I use Open Space Technology as an inspiration to design a session about the teaching of the design principles for large groups, where some of the participants may have some prior understanding of them, and can help the others who don’t.
Learning outcomes: the students have been exposed to the permaculture design principles, and have a basic understanding of each of them, so that they can explain them to other students and give real life examples of their application.
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Sample Session: Permaculture Ethics

Given on Wed 25 Sept 2013 by Joe Atkinson, UK, at Mas Franch, Spain

A french write-up of this workshop is also live.

Opening question: The teacher asks if the students know the ethics of permaculture, and if they can explain what they mean for them. Afterwards, the teacher summarises the main points, and can add some comments as appropriate.

Method: The teacher draws a circle on the floor (e.g. with chalk or strings) with scales to represent the “Fair Share” ethic. Then two further overlapping circles are added for “Earthcare” and “Peoplecare.” (An object can be used in each case to represent the ethics). This portrays the ethical framework of permaculture, and a brief explanation can be given on how they are related and interconnected. The simplicity and universality of this framework is highlighted, and its uniqueness to permaculture. In general there is no reason for Earthcare nor Peoplecare to be controversial; however “Fairshare” may provoke more debate. The importance is that these ethics offer a set of tools rather than a set of rules to follow.

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