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The Permaculture Guild-A Strategic Plan-Part V

From: Ken B.
Sent on: Sunday, December 15, 2013 11:21 PM

So while I'm awaiting some feedback on Part IV of the process of our strategic plan, we shall move forward with some discussion on organizing invisible structures in a manner which they are both resilient and regenerative. In permaculture this is what we call "Planning for Disaster", or put another way, not putting all of our eggs in one basket.

So let's imagine that we have a stool. Now imagine that we have a stool with only one leg, kind of like a unicycle having only one tire. How stable is a one legged stool? How stable is a unicycle?

Now let's imagine that we have a two legged stool, kind of like a bicycle with two tires. How stable is a two legged stool? How stable is a bicycle?

Now let's imagine that we have a three legged stool, kind of like a tricycle with three tires. How stable is a three legged stool? How stable is a tricycle?

Now let's imagine that we have a four legged stool, kind of like a quadracycle with four tires. How stable is  a four legged stool? How stable is a quadracycle?

Now let's imagine we have website, which we actually do by the way. For security reasons we want to limit access to the back office of this website. The back office of this website must be password protected for security reasons. How many individuals do you think should have access to this user name and password, at a minimum, to insure that the website is as resilient as possible?

If you guessed three, you are correct.

Now let's look at those basic functions of an organization which need this kind of depth for maximum  resiliency and also be regenerative to some degree.

From my perspective all business models or organizations have at least three basic elements.

1. Administration

2. Communications

3. Product or Products that there are a need for.

If we need someone to head each of these three basic elements of a business or organization, how many individuals would we optimally need to cover all three elements?

If you guessed nine, you are correct.

So for now the three individuals that make up the administrative team are myself, Loretta Buckner and Nancy Mariposa. These positions have been filled because we can't afford to have all of our eggs in one basket.  Not ever. The risk is just too high. Even having all of our eggs in two baskets, even though it's less risky, is still not acceptable in terms of organizational stability.

Four individuals per organizational element is obviously better than three, and so on. Having that fourth individual starts getting us into the realm of being regenerative, as the fourth person, fully trained could go off and start the "seeding process" for a new organization, without jeopardizing the existing organization to any significant degree.

So with respect to the communications team. We currently have one person. That would be me. Not good. We need three volunteers to fill the three positions on this team. Anyone interested? Anyone at all?

So with respect to the Production or Product team. Our product is permaculture design services, education and consultation. Currently we have one person on this team. That would be me. Not good. We need three volunteers to fill the three positions on this team. Anyone interested? anyone at all?

I eagerly await your reply. By the way, although for obvious reasons, I would prefer that these applicants be permaculture designers, it is not required however, as I will be more than happy to train those who need training for these positions, especially if we don't have enough qualified designers to fill all six available positions. Remember also, that in order to be regenerative, we actually need a minimum of nine individuals to fill these positions.

The math: 3 organizational elements X 4 positions for each element=12 positions to fill - 3 positions currently filled = 9 positions to fill.

At some point, I will be stepping down as one of the three individuals on the administrative team and this position will need to be filled. As far as I'm concerned, for a variety of reasons, the sooner this happens the better. This position, at this point in the process, must be someone who I can trust completely. I will not let someone get in the drivers seat, who I don't feel is capable of driving the car, if you know what I mean.

Once we find the person to replace me on the administrative team, I will be devoting most of my time to the permaculture design, education and consultation, or product development team.

Any questions, comments, or suggestions are welcomed and encouraged.


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