Avenues of Abundance | Implementing Permaculture Through Steemit

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Permaculture has become a bit of a buzz word in today's increasingly aware population, but few who hear the words really grasp the full potential.

Most folks who hear the word immediately assume that it must revolve around agriculture. This is understandable as the initial coining of the term by co-founders David Holmgren & Bill Mollison was a fusion of the words permanent and agriculture. Later, the meaning broadened to represent a permanent culture, not just in agriculture. Although much of the work being done today does revolve around food production, there is a much greater and significantly broader application that remains to be leveraged.

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Applying permaculture ethics and principles in a broad social setting has the potential to radically alter the structure of society.

Blockchain technologies and, more specifically social media platforms that use the block chain like steemit, have an amazing opportunity, and are poised to make major ripples in the world. Using their technology we can collaborate and collectivize the effort to create a more permanent culture.

A permanent culture is not stagnant, but ever evolving and by nature sustainable. By maintaining flexibility and focusing on decentralized and autonomous human activities, there is a fantastic opportunity we have in a globally connected society. In comparison to today's centralized, rigid and exploitive model, benefiting the few and enslaving the masses, it sounds pretty appealing.

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Even if you're never going to take part in food, medicine, fuel or fiber production, you still have an opportunity to incorporate permaculture ethics and principle to your life.

Holmgren and Mollison developed and encapsulated permaculture as a model for ecological design in 1978. At the core, it is grounded by a trio of ethics and guided by a dozen principles. Without going into all the details of the potentials for application, I would like focus on the ethics and how steemit users can ally and take advantage of this ingenious framework to make the world a better, more caring and healthier place.

The trifecta of ethics

Earth Care

Earth care is paramount to our survival, D'uh! It's the core of what sustains and supports us. There's the obvious (or not so obvious to us "moderns") aspects of nurturing healthy soils, keeping water clean and maintaining high air quality. It could also be seen as the ecosystem or environment that we exist in. The "home" that supports us. In a social network like steemit we as users are essentially creating the digital world we live in. The block chain technologies are offering an exciting potential to create a more sustainable world through decentralized currency and information sharing.

As users of the steemit blockchain, we are the guiding forces behind the culture we are creating. It is we who determine if it's polluted with careless or useless content or brimming with abundantly positive and useful content. Steemit is our chance to create a more abundant, diverse and sustainable world though sharing information, resources and control.

Care of People

People are paramount to a functioning culture! People are valuable and important and unique. We are meant not to be numbers in a system. The current hegemony lifts a few (mostly rich white men) to the top and leaves all others to fend for themselves. What I love about steemit it that users are able to participate, interact and engage. It's creating a culture of conversation. Being open to all, I feel it is creating a world where positivity is rewarded. Already we have connected with so many wonderful folks through steemit and are finding the experience culturally enriching.

Another exciting opportunity is being compensated for participation and content creation. If you produce something of value and worth, you are paid for this which encourages and supports the user to continue. This is revolutionary! My partner and I live in a rural setting where employment options are low. We are treating steemit like a part time job and are very hopeful in the potential for income generation it offers. This is turn leads to a higher quality of life as we are not selling our most productive hours, weeks, months and years for a paycheck. It is allowing us to do what we love, share about it and be paid for it. We hope more permaculturists will join the platform and share their valuable findings.

Fair Share

Inequality has been the tone of industrial culture for ages. Unequal power distribution, access to land, education, housing and medical attention are some of the ways we are not giving everyone their piece of the pie. The financial system is rigged to make money off your money, and the banks greatly benefit form the debt that is incurred to buy things that are not needed. Yikes!

A decentralized crypto currency like steem is opening up huge doorways to distribute wealth. For one, the potential for P2P exchanges could make huge waves as currency does not need to go through an exchange which takes a cut off the top. Secondly, the platform itself offers opportunities to give to others, be it though gifting, contest giveaways or delegation. Thirdly, it opens up the potential for everyone to generate income using the platform, no matter the socioeconomic background, location or history.

The reality that with so few whales and so many minnows there are issues involved with unequal distribution. These power dynamics are real, yet I've seen many folks addressing it through posts and actions. The scales are tipped every time a whale delegates, or even upvotes a minnow, but there's still a long way to go to true equality. Still it is WAY more just than the current model of wage slavery.

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Steemit can leverage the permaculture ethics to create a healthier, equitable and empowered world

There is soooooo much more potential for steemit to use permaculture to effect social and ecological change. This article doesn't even touch on all the ecological projects that could be funded by steemit users, education and empowerment shared or connections forged online that lead to on the ground project manifestation. The sky is the limit!

Let's create our bright future together!

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“If you produce something of value and worth, you are paid for this which encourages and supports the user to continue”

Capitalism in a nutshell sentence! Love it!! The “revolutionary” part is applying that principle to social media and having the content payoff benefit the user/worker (individual) instead of going to the corporation (the State)...I’m hugging that so hard. It was brilliant for Steemit’s creators to tap into the power of incentive this way.

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well said, although in permaculture we focus on natural capital. Yes the value and wealth MUST stay in the hand of the many not the few. Ya the creation of steemit is a big leap in the right direction. With the internet and blockchains as tools, there is a great deal of untapped potential.

I still don't know much about permaculture, but it makes sense that you have to start with taking care of the earth. If you've watched the movie Wall-E, you know that mistreating the earth can lead to humanity getting stuck on a spaceship. That's no way to live. :)

I like that so many people on Steemit are open to doing things a different way. Most aren't even pushy about it, they're just doing their thing and sharing how they do it. I like that.

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Thanks for your feedback and considerate comments. As Buckminster Fuller descried, we are indeed on a spaceship already, a spaceship called Earth. It reminds us that we are indeed on a somewhat finite planet that has limits.

Check out https://permacultureprinciples.com/ for a very simple overview. Thanks for stopping by.

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That is a good way of putting it. We didn't build Earth, at least not the way the starship Enterprise was built, but it's still a vessel that's flying through space. And it's the only place we can live right now, so it's important to take care of it. Not like we have a backup plan.

I really want to host a permaculture course when I get my land. I have a friend who has completed level 2, but she needs the teacher certification. She's super knowledgeable. I've learned bits and pieces, had the bible for at least 15 years, but I still don't know a lot. Luckily a lot of people down here naturally farm that way because it makes more sense. The social implications of the larger understanding of permaculture are enormous, and you are right that Steemit could play a huge role.

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PDC is a big life changer. Both wren and I took it, and it opened up a lot of opportunities. We find the best way to learn though is through experimental applications and experience. There's a lot you can learn form the folks you're speaking of, after all, PC is based off of collective human knowledge, and many indigenous culture have never lost it.

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I've always wanted to take it but never had that kind of extra money laying around. It's true that many indigenous cultures still have it. It was mostly lost here, but there are a few. Ideally it would be awesome to have her teaching with a couple Mayans and a kriol friend of mine who farms traditionally. That would be nice and would spread the money around too. I definitely feel like I need some help. I just don't feel like I have the knowledge base.

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It can be a bit pricey, but I've seen work trade options too. Theres a lot to glean from permies.com and books like gaia's garden. Belize is a pretty unique place, and like you say it'd be interesting with diversity of teachers, even some of the Mennonites too. Ideally though courses would operate on gift economy, but that can be tough to pull off.

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True. I have seen that too. The kids are finally actually old enough that I could leave them too. Maybe I'll look around for one somewhere in Central America or maybe Mexico. I'll check the resources. Some of the more traditional Mennonites do still practice more traditional farming, though a lot of them have moved to more modern agriculture.

I've very excited to learn and implement permaculture techniques in my garden this year. It is the answer to many of our society's issues with agriculture.

I know some individuals working on a blockchain social media platform based around sharing gardening/farming photos and blogs. I'm thrilled to see what happens with the project, they may be using Smart Media Tokens to launch the platform...

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Exciting that you’ll be adding some permaculture desing, do you have any specific plans you’d like to share?

And can you tell us more about this project of your friends? Sounds really cool and something we’d love to know more about. Right up our alley! <3

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Well, I have yet to meet the creators of the project. My friend just started working with them helping with programming, but I should be meeting with them soon to discuss the project. I'd like to do an interview and post it on Steemit soon!

In terms of my permaculture plans, I'm thinking of an herb spiral of sorts. We have a sloping front yard that I'd like to utilize for irrigation purposes. Any help you can offer in that regard would be greatly appreciated!

This is required reading. Thank you for the concise, inspirational, and ready to use post. I'm learning so much here and you and your partner are wonderful stewards not only of the homestead you love, but of the steemit community.

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Thank you for the positive feedback! So glad that our posts are touching you. We have really appreciated the steemit community so far as a compliment to our life on the homestead. Theres actually lots of overlap and potential for growth and exchange. Thanks again for joining in.

Gardening was an easy "entry-point" for permaculture, because gardening is... a common and well known thing! However, what interests me the most is applying permaculture to the whole of our lifes!

Holmgren's latest book, just out, touches on that subject. Converting bedroom communities into thriving villages: http://retrosuburbia.com/

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Oooh, thanks for turning me onto this work. I'll have to check it out. There is indeed so many much more to PC than food, although it's still a major focus of ours:)

I'd not thought about permaculture principals as a larger picture, but it makes absolute sense to incorporate the structure in a societal way.

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Ya, when I was first introduced to "permaculturizing" my life I saw it more as a design and less as a series of techniques. The design process is a lens that informs EVERYTHING. Glad to inspire new thoughts.

Happy Sunday! This comment is to inform you that your article has been linked and featured in the most recent issue of the Weekly Homesteading Newsletter! Please check it out if you are interested! Thank you!

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Thank you, I'll check it out now <3

Aho! Steemit and block chain based social media is a part of the people care principal! I am also an Off-Grid gal on the Big Island of Hawaii, and so excited about the potential of this platform. Thank you for sharing your valuable experiences via your permacultural point of view.

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Wonderful! We need more folks like you who are walking the walk and loving steemit! Glad you appreciated the writing. Thanks for sharing.

Permaculture the Earth! I recommend The Survival Podcast's tribute to Bill Mollison for a perspective on permaculture's greater implications. http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/remembering-bill-mollison

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I'll have to check it out. The implications and potential of permaculture design are truly astounding.

Needed this positive, uplifting read this morning. Well said!

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<3 thanks for the feedback <3

thank you for delivering awesome article to us; resteemed~

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Thank you! Preciate the resteem too <3

less or no Government is much better that all thats matters I think mountainjewel thank you

With love,

harj : ) xoxo
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I agree in that current models of governance are not particularly aligned with natural systems.

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yeap sad Thank you! mountainjewel great to get your interpretation on my last art post called "Attachment" your insight would help us : )

With love,

harj : ) xoxo
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I'm with you in creating the future

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Great, the more the merrier!

wow, awesome photo. I like your blog. thank you so much for sharing.

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Glad you appreciate the content, It's all about sharing the passion.

Great post!

I've always been more fascinated with social permaculture than with regular ol' plant permaculture 😄

I certainly see the potential that steem has in enabling us to organize and collaborate in an efficient and empowering manner, thus creating a deep ecology of thriving interdependence.

There's still much work to be done to steer the steem train in the right direction, but I think we have all the neccessary ingredients in terms of people, ideas and opportunity.

I am very optimistic that this platform can become a living example of true liberty and freedom.

We've got work to do.

Let's do it!

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Love your input! It's true, there are the needed ingredients to do this on a grass roots level. We just need the bigger picture to get on board; like govt structures municipal water and power supply. I dig your enthusiasm

I always find it interesting how many different versions of the third ethic there are in circulation: in the manual Mollison has it as "setting limits to population and consumption," whilst Lawton prefers "return of surplus" and others, like yourself, seem to prefer "fair share." The difference may seem slight but I think it is a difference nonetheless: the first version seems to target both the "first" world for over-consumption and the "third" world for over-population; the second seems to imply that we have to work (to produce) first before we can share anything, and that we should only do so once we have catered to our own (basic) needs; the third, it seems to me, is much more vague and inline with current political and economical thinking. Personally, I prefer Geoff Lawton's version and can't help thinking that it is also the most in tune (if I have understood it correctly) with the spirit of Steemit. I wonder how you feel?!

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You're digging deep, I love it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Indeed your mention the need for basic needs to be met before sharing, and has merit. We can't share abundance if we ourselves are lacking.

I'm not sure if fair share is sligned with current economics and politics, although I wish it were! Yes, fair share is vague and can be a bit tough put into practice. For me it speaks to an ethos of interconnectedness and unity, one that redistribute surplus doesn't quite express as much for me. Great thoughts and input!

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Cheers man! Keep up the good work ;)