The Big 9: Solutions for a Functional Future

In order to thrive on one planet, we need to transition toward solutions (to serious problems) that address all of the Big 9 categories below in an integrated way. There are a few folks trying to do just that, including Willie Smits in Borneo and Tamera in Portugal (see this post for more Life Designers).

(1) Shelter/Homes: The Art of Shelter

(2) Water & Food (food is central for civilization)

  • Permaculture: designing regenerative, polyculture food forests and integrated animal systems that nurture the soil by increasing organic matter, sequestering carbon, and preventing desertification and erosion
  • Keyline Design
  • Holistic Management (Allan Savory’s 2013 TED Talk & companion book): grazing animals to reverse and prevent desertification
  • Importance of Soil: Role of soil health in sequestering greenhouse gasses (video); importance of microbial activity for organic matter (New Hampshire study). Biochar burn technology.
  • Joel Salatin style animal management at Polyface Farm (see his books)
  • The importance of fencing: sustainable and inexpensive options include collecting that old brush and forming it into a fence (see this post at permies.com)
  • Mushrooms (anything by Paul Stamets at Fungi Perfecti)
  • Hunting, Fishing, Tracking, Trapping, Foraging (Wild Edibles)
  • Permaculture you-pick orchard by Stefan Sobkowiak (see his great DVD for a packaged system that can be used as a model, a recipe, or an inspiration)
  • Forest (and community) Regeneration (Willie Smits). 80% of precipitation can occur as condensation, chiefly water collecting on trees (Geoff Lawton: Permaculture Voices 1 Keynote)
  • Food Preservation & Storage
  • Weather stations for your land

(3) Fuel: Heat, Cooking, Cooling, & Power

(4) Social Technologies: Solutions require cooperation. Cooperation requires systems (e.g., visions and process) that minimize disagreements, and attract (and train) people who can disagree skillfully

(5) Tools

(6) Medicine (see Ben Falk’s book)

(7) Fiber (see this dialog on permies.com)

(8) Fun & A Little Luxury

(9) Resilience & Security

 

 

 

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