We’re not shy here. This is from the Holgren’s Permaculture site.
If peoples needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper.
The icon of the two people together, represents the need for companionship and collaborative efforts to affect change.
Care for people starts with ourselves, but expands to include our families, neighbours, local and wider communities. The challenge is to grow up through self-reliance and personal responsibility.
Self-reliance becomes more possible when we focus on non-material well-being, taking care of ourselves and others without producing or consuming unnecessary material resources. By accepting personal responsibility for our situation as far as possible, rather than blaming others, we empower ourselves. By recognising that the wisdom lies within the group, we can work with others to bring about the best outcomes for all involved.
The permaculture approach is to focus on the positives, the opportunities that exist rather than the obstacles, even in the most desperate situations.
A point that needs to be made. How often have you met your neighbors? Are you friends with them? Are you waiting for an earthquake to say ‘hi’?! How about a less traumatic introduction instead?
With this: the little library. And, before you ask, yes, one of our founding members has one set up in the Valley. It’s a lot of fun.
Want to build resilience? How about this concept? Hackerspaces from ResilientCommunities.com
More to come…