“Understanding Redundancy” – A Brief Lesson for Children by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Magazine

It is important to connect the concepts of resilience and redundancy to grow and share our growing Transition. For this lesson, understand resilience as the ability of a community to become healthy and successful after something bad happens.

From Permaculture (Primary Principles for Functional Design – #5), redundancy design requires that each part of the any critical social, food or energy system is supported by multiple back-ups. Redundancy protects us when one or more traditional processes or components fail.

Redundancy is also about the recovery phase after an emergency as we work together to return our lives to a safe operational place.


Here are some examples of redundancy:

- Back-up life support equipment and staffing plans at relief clinics

- Building your house on stilts for protection against high water and predators

- Squirrels saving nuts in multiple locations

- A Seed Library – preserving different genetic strains to guard against altered / toxic invader seeds

- Community Food Forest – multiple crops that all supply vitamin, protein or other nutritional needs

- Solar batteries that support home heating and cooling when traditional power sources fail

- Teaching multiple tribe members how to lead and teach important skills, including local land design methods, participatory governance and other Post-Chaos Era community needs


Note: This lesson is itself is an example of redundancy as the Internet multiplies the available number of sites that kids that can read this work and implement its wisdom.

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  • I’ve already mentioned earlier conviviality described in Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich. It’s a very abstract concept because it’s more about interactions (conviviality, friendliness) between things than about things themselves. A non-convivial “reality” is one designed around the idea of radical monopolies (an optional approach to society and infrastructure gradually being perceived as the only lifestyle worth living and defending), two watersheds (during the first watershed institutions and companies help the people or make them happier and entertained, while during the second watershed the same institutions and companies are their own purpose), and scarce knowledge (EVERYTHING should have a price-tag; racism also known as the first and other “worlds”; if a corporation (and/or GDP) goes down, then its patents, experiences, and results of research and development “must” go down). Corporations as usual (no one is to blame – this reality is just “out there”, a force of nature) will fight no matter what to force the people to put all eggs in one, their, basket.
  • *terrible at communicating

  • Important skills: communication, communication, and more communication. Even in more banal situations, people are terrible and communicating and understanding each other. http://www.globalresearch.ca/clinton-made-1995-ethnic-cleansing-in-...
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