Permaculture Tip of the Day – We Teach & Preach People Care But We Don’t Do It…

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Nicholas Burtner keeps it real and gives us a small lesson on how to obtain more mental and emotional training that (like gardening) should be taught to everyone in grade school. This training believe or not is fundamental to the ethic of people care which we teach and preach on in permaculture but hardly ever use it in real life. Like Bill Mollison said – The only ethical decision is to take responsibility of our own existence and that of our children. Do it now. It is time for a change.

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2 thoughts on “Permaculture Tip of the Day – We Teach & Preach People Care But We Don’t Do It…

  • Actually some of the best people-care models are VERY old, just virtually un-known (and even more rarely taught) in permaculture courses. Ther are many and they each have different applications.

    One is the RC model (50year history of action-learning by a now world-wide community) – link to the theory in the Integral Permaculture Designers Manual online.

    Another one is Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits, some 30 years old, also a very permacultural, pattern and value based manual for people-care (especially self-care). And there are many others.

    That feelings come from thoughts is observably true, but it doesn’t explain ‘triggering’ which is actually the most problematic way in which our feelings boycott our relationships & behaviors. It doesn’t explain how oppression happens, and how it is perpetuated even when we intellectually do understand how our thinking & beliefs are wrong.

    Patterns aren’t the same as models, but related: patterns go some way to explaining WHY things happen, but mostly they just describe WHAT happens (& in what sequence). Models go much deeper into the whys – so we can more effectively change things. It is effective models that we need to look for and use, in order to start understanding how to do effective people-care.

    There is a collective effort (15 years into the making, started in Spain) by an international cooperative of permaculture teachers and practitioners who have been putting together a holistic People Care curriculum described here http://en.permaculturescience.org/english-pages/1-peoplecare

  • also for your future school curriculum: the work of Marshall Rosenberg Non Violent ComunicTion. Lots of videos about it. really useful and teaches a new pattern for people care. “Lift one another up”.

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