Author Archives: Donal MacCoon

The Four Zones of Social Permaculture

By using intimacy strategies rather than simply focusing on avoidance strategies we can live healthier lives for ourselves, our loved ones, and the planet.

Governing The Commons By Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom — Notes

Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics, synthesized empirical research from multiple disciplines (e.g., rural sociology, anthropology, history, economics, political science, forestry, irrigation sociology, human ecology, African studies) to answer the question of what distinguishes those groups who succeed vs. fail at effectively and sustainably managing common resources. This article […]

Chapter 14: Strategies for an Alternative Nation, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual — Notes

“No-one would deny that people are the most difficult factor in any design or assembly. It is not that people lack the will to cooperate; its is more often that they have not adapted those sensible legal and administrative, or social mechanisms which allow them to cooperate.” (p. 532) Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual — or […]

Two Rivers Two Friends: From the Wisconsin River to the Mississippi

A celebration of 23 years of friendship: Four Days Canoeing down the Wisconsin River artery to the Mississippi River September 24-28, 2021

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A native of Los Angeles turned Madisonian by way of Spain and Washington, D.C., Dr. Donal MacCoon is a misfit who helps other misfits redefine and live a resilient, healthy, meaningful and vibrant life using the ancient contemplative practice of mindfulness, modern neuroscience, integrative mind-body healing, community, and environmental and resiliency knowledge. Growing up in […]

Less is More: Purge the Excess, Live Clutter-free, and Enjoy Life

You don’t need an expert to tell you that you have too much. From the 27 pairs of shoes that Whole Shoe Liquidator says you have in your closet to the arsenal of small kitchen appliances you never use, you have more belongings than you actually need. While this is certainly wasteful, the clutter this […]

Snow Walking the Sylvania Wilderness (video)

On February 8, 2019, five Dads traveled from Madison, WI to the Sylvania Wilderness, braving winter temperatures 28 degrees below zero, to enjoy four days of silence, beauty, and adventure. It was awesome. This is our story.

How to Go Green When Decluttering Your Home

Declutteringyour home can be good for your health. When it’s done the right way, decluttering can be better for the environment as well. If you want to clean up your home environment without cluttering the planet, here are some eco-friendly cleaning and organizing tips you should definitely keep in mind during the process. Go Green […]

Electronic Security – Notes

Protecting various electronics from cars to phones to computers during an EMP is covered above. Day-to-day electronics security is also a good idea. This includes encrypting stored data on all devices (including computers, phones, tablets), backing up those devices with rotating drives (with some off site), and encrypting data that is sent and received by […]