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The Permaculture Guild-Organizational Structures-Some Clarifications and some Word Definition Tidbits to Ponder

From: Ken B.
Sent on: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:47 PM

Something recently occurred to me concerning this organization and my long term intentions, for the full design or the "end in mind" for The Permaculture Guild.

These are essentially Bill Mollison's recommendations in his permaculture master-"peace", "PERMACULTURE-A Designers Manual"

Although his recommendations are based on Australian legal structures, there are United States equivalents for them all.

So to cut to the chase, there are at least three branches to this triad called "The Permaculture Guild", and as you might notice, I do like to do things in multiples of prime numbers for a "number" of reasons, which we could get into at another time.

So it goes something like this:

1. The Permaculture Guild- (com)-A for profit organization, entity model to be determined.

2. The Permaculture Guild- (.org)-A not for profit "wing" of the triad, entity model to be determined.

3. The Permaculture Guild Foundation- (.org)- "Trust" type organization for various reasons to be discussed later, and covered in the designer's manual.

My point is that these three organizational models are powerful tools for invisible structure design and because the existing paradigm is set up this way, this is how we can optimize, or leverage, the existing system for the benefit of our goal, regenerative living for all.

What we have right now is a vision and purpose to attain our goal of regenerative living for all.

This Meetup Group is an example of the triad being all in one seed, about to birth into three new seeds, it you get what I mean. The outcome of this birth are the three new seeds listed above. Three new invisible structure organizations of human activity, done the permaculture way, straight out of the 'recipe book' for permaculture, Mollison's design manual.

By the way, I think every household ought to have a copy of or access to these three books at least, if you really want a deeper grasp of what permaculture entails, or more importantly, the "essence" of permaculture, what it actually looks and feels, like.

1. PERMACULTURE-A Designers Manual- Bill Mollison

2. PERMACULTURE-Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability-David Holmgren

3. Gaia's Garden-Toby Hemmingway


Some Definition Tidbits

So anyway, here are just a few definition tidbits as promised. These definitions and distinctions are for the purposes of application to this strategic plan, and may be used by others or not.

Regenerative Design- This is what sets permaculture apart from all other design systems we know of. Put another way, permaculture is always sustainable, but sustainable is not necessarily regenerative. The more I've learned how to play with permaculture, seeing the distinction of regenerative design is amazing.

Sustainable Design- Not always regenerative, get to see, feel and know regenerative. Get to know permaculture.

So as you might imagine, I no longer use the word "sustainable", except at times like this. You might be surprised, how many times the word "regenerative" can open up to a conversation about whole systems, regenerative thinking and design.

Bioregion- Again, for the purposes of this strategic plan, this is how this word is being defined. A geographical area defined by a unique watershed footprint, or in some cases, a geological feature not related to watershed. There are many cases when a large river basin can have many unique ecosystems within it. Look at the Mississippi River Basin as a great example of multiple ecosystems within one bioregion, thus the bioregion is the watershed.

Ecosystem- A unique environmental pattern, within a pattern of bioregions (or watersheds).

I hope this is somewhat helpful when reading this material. Any questions or suggestions, pleeese let me know.

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