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Charting Tomorrow

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Author: the Inkslinger

This interesting chart floated my way the other day from an equally intriguing website called Permatopia.

Here’s what its creators have to say about it:

Permatopia Patterns is a new way of thinking about permaculture. Historically, most permaculture guides and analyses have been focused on individual properties, often rural homesteads. Zones and sectors are key concepts in permaculture analysis, examining how to locate components of a permaculture system based on distance from the house and ecological factors. These are incredibly powerful tools for the personal level, but are far too limited in their scale for a society wide transformation to cope with Peak Oil and climate change.

This page shows how the concept of zones can be extended to the goal of "permaculture for nine billion people." Learning skills at the more local levels can help with efforts to extend to bigger levels, since effective solutions at the biggest levels depend on understanding how the solutions work at smaller levels.

The sectors concept reflects how there are many paths needed to move away from overshoot and collapse. Different people have different skills and interest, no individual or group could possibly address all of the various facets that are needed. The concept of interdependence between these issues (and levels) is one not normally promoted in our hyper-individualized society, but it is the type of path most likely to accomplish common goals.

Whether you are expanding a local community garden, installing utility scale wind power, teaching environmental education to second graders, starting up a community currency barter system, operating a bicycle shop, creating manufacturing cooperatives, campaigning for accountable elections, or any of thousands of other positive things is irrelevant - the key point is that you are doing something that is a piece of the puzzle.

Me likes. It lets you see the ripples flowing outward in the pond and understand how they all come together to create a wave of change from top to bottom or vice versa (pick your own pyramid) that washes away the unpleasantries and leaves us a nice clean beach upon which to build that utopia we’re always talking about. It’s a nice visual representation of the various levels there are to things and how they all tie together. Because isn’t that really all there is to it? Isn’t it really that simple? If I mind my house and you mind yours and the government promotes and funds and legislates the right ideas and technologies and changes and corrections, and the corporations wise up and get in line, (which, really, they should because you make a whole lot more money if you act smart than if you act like some simian human wanna-be sitting in a tree and flinging your poo around the planet as if all the bananas were yours and it was all some big funny monkey game), if we all each do our bit, whatever that bit might be, we’ll all get where we need to go in an official jiffy. Or thereabouts. Roughly, of course.

In fact, a chart like this points out how simple it all really is, how easy it would be to change everything everywhere now and for all time. We just do it. That’s all. We each take care of whatever piece of the pie we’re in charge of, or have influence over or can affect, whether it’s a home or a company or a Congress, and all those things come together in one great big grand unified field theory of eco-regenerative enviro-sustainarenewability, and we’re done. Pretty much anyway. For the most part. It’s like building a house only this one has cork flooring, VOC-free paint, double-paned triple-glazed windows, a closet full of spare compact fluorescent bulbs, and an organic garden out back. You know… the concrete team lays a foundation, the carpenters come in and do their thing. Then the plumbers. Then the electricians. Then the wall board crew and the mud guys. A couple of finishing touches by the fixture installers of your choice and before you know it, you’re serving Great Aunt Edna’s Famous Poppyseed Cake with Lemon Cream Frosting at the housewarming, the organic version, naturally.

Or in this case, you’re living in the world painted at the bottom of this page. It’s all about the threads and the connections and everyone making them wherever they can and joining individual strands of change together and suddenly there’s a beautiful tapestry you wrap around the world as we all ride into the golden dawn together. It’s so easy, so simple, so perfect and hopeful and peaceful and positive, that I spend whole days wondering what we’re waiting for.