7 Permaculture Design Memes

Discovering Wisdom in Living Systems Design

Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa (神奈川沖浪裏) adapted into a meme about pollution
People registering for permaculture courses as our old systems collapse
From “Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability”, David Holmgren (2002)

What do I mean by Memes?

The Ego/Eco meme: it’s a way of being, an attitude that’s reflected in all our choices, no matter what our job is.

A “Guild” of Principles

1. It Depends

2. Tight Feedback Loops

3. The Problem Is The Solution

A well-known and brilliant example: A snail/slug problem is actually a duck deficiency.

4. Succession

5. Stacking Functions

6. Boundary and Polarity Management

Creative design increases the edge space, opening new possibilities

7. Guilds

Thanks to Alanna Irving for bringing this life cycle pattern into a project-team context!

Invoking wisdom & generosity, playing with permaculture in tech. Into weaving, tea, music, patterns & cultural evolution. What questions are living within you?