“Our Fire Circle Reformation”- Interview with Erik Ohlsen: The Permaculture Skills Center & Permaculture Artisans, Sebastopol, CA by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Design

One Q/A from the piece:


Willi: Is the current pace or expansion of the permaculture movement good enough?


Eric: The first response to that question is no. Clearly the permaculture movement itself has failed to make a viable case for its adoption in mainstream society in the United States. This is troubling as Permaculture offers a design frame that could seriously help implement solutions to current crises at large scales. That’s my first reaction to this question but that’s not the whole story.


A deeper look shows me that in fact in the last 10 years, many people in the permaculture movement have been actively developing an enormous diversity of platforms to implement permaculture design in social, ecological and economic systems. I believe we’re in a research and development phase in the movement and in the next few years we will see many more scaled solutions and new permaculture models become implemented and adopted throughout different levels of our society. It’s sort of like we’ve been in deep planning mode and the fruits of our labors haven’t quite been realized yet. I think many seeds of permaculture have been planted throughout the planet and like a young fruit tree just we need just a few more years before they will bear large yields.

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