Social Permaculture Articles and Videos

Social Permaculture Articles and Videos

A curated collection of writing, videos, and infographics all about how ecological design principles can be applied to our social relationships.

Toward A Permaculture For The People

Care of the Earth. Care of people. Fair surplus sharing. For whom? We need a permaculture for the people.

Small-scale Farmers — not Lab-based Foods — can Help Save The Planet

Over the past few decades there has been a consolidating of power and control in the food system into the hands of a small group of agro-chemical corporations, we need more small-scale farmers to produce healthy organic food.

Permaculture Ethics In Public Education

Using permaculture ethics in public education to engage children in sustainable efforts.

What’s Permaculture Got To Do With The Housing Crisis?

In the current housing crisis, most people are stuck in rented housing, paying high rents for what is often poor quality housing far from the permaculture dream of one's own home.

Emergent Herbalism; Plants, People, And Culture

The cross-cultural use of herbs and herbal medicine has experienced a significant resurgence in the past several decades. This emergent herbalism has become a popular method of alternative medicine as well as a profitable commercial industry.

Why Should Farmers Get Subsidies?

Over recent years, there has been a growing resentment about the subsidies farmers receive. But why do farmers get subsidies anyway?

Permaculture Communication Skills

Permaculture communication skills, speaking with compassion and the need to be understood.

Finding Permaculture In Iran

Despite what Western media commonly reports, there is permaculture in Iran.

The Art Of Hosting Within Permaculture

What does it mean to host yourself and others in these deep times? And how does that connect with permaculture?What is the Art of Hosting?

Regenerative Right Livelihood: A Pattern For Shifting Towards Life-honoring Work

It's difficult to live in a way that doesn't harm the planet. What would a Regenerative Right Livelihood look like?

Hierarchies Vs Networks

Governments vs people power, hierarchies vs networks and response to crisis.

Planting Trees To Feed Future Generations

Permaculture approaches to feeding the world in a changing climate, planting trees to feed future generations.

Revisiting The Ecological Imperative As Ethical Livelihoods

If we don’t seriously address the individual, economic and social needs of the people, the ecological imperative will be always left behind.

The Unlikely Relationship Between Fear, Cheese, And Permaculture

What happened when I stopped letting fear get in the way of me fulfilling my dreams, or my relationship between fear and cheese.

Howling At The Moon: Communication And Connection For Healing The Pack

Howling at the moon is an analogy for describing clear and heart-centered communication established with yourself first and then extended to another.

How To Organize A Seed Swap

Whether you save your own seeds or just have a bunch of leftover packets from years past, a seed swap is a great way to expand the diversity of both your garden and your community. By Heather Jo Flores But don’t limit yourself to just seeds! I have been organizing events like these for close to 20 years and folks have brought surplus plants, trees, garden supplies, food preserves and homebrews. A...

Invisible Structures: Economics In Permaculture

The problem is the solution. Observing invisible structures, economics in permaculture.

On Permaculture, Entitlement, And That Pesky Third Ethic: All Aboard The Elephant In The Room

By Heather Jo Flores “Contact with the soil reminds us that we are an integral part of nature, rather than feeling shut out and excluded. The simple acts of growing and eating our own food, recreating habitats in which nature’s diversity thrives, and taking steps to live more simply are practical ways of living which connect us to an awareness of Nature’s seamless whole. Permaculture is a...

Why Do We Need To Hear More From Women In Permaculture?

How patriarchy makes us blind to healthy sisterhood, and how to reclaim it back with women in permaculture.

Do You Want To Teach Permaculture? Here’s What You Need To Know.

10 steps to becoming a qualified permaculture teacher, and recommended teacher training programs, from the PWG Faculty.

Why My Farm Isn’t A “Permaculture Farm”

As we integrate into living, working farm communities, it’s important to remember that a permaculture farm is not a new idea.

Decolonizing Permaculture: Bridging The Gap Between Privilege And Oppression

by Heather Jo Flores As Published in issue #98 of Permaculture Design Magazine, November 2015 First of all, I want to say that I do not represent anyone but myself, and though I have vetted this article with several peers and mentors, I do not presume to know the needs and desires of anyone else. However, it seems to me that there are ripples of injustice coursing through the permaculture...

What Permaculture Teaches Us About Leadership

The 12 principles of permaculture offer us insights that go beyond their design and agricultural origins and into the realm of leadership and life itself.

TEDxPortland 2011 - Mia Birk - Pedaling Towards a Healthier Planet

President - Alta Planning DesignIn her book Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, Mia Birk tells the dramatic story of how a group of determined vis...

WPDC: Community Currencies (Part 1)

Hello everyone! Here is part 1 of the Community Currencies subtopic in the Economic Systems module of this PDC. Enjoy!Music:

Re-Imagining Alternative Economic Systems

Alternative Economic Systems, untangling the tongue-tied transition from capitalism to cooperation.

Pedal-powered machines created to help farming families in Guatemala

Imagine a bicycle blender that can not only grind corn but also make shampoo. It’s an invention that’s helping improve people’s lives in Guatemala. For this week’s Game Changer meet the founder of Maya Pedal...Mario Juanes. Mario Juanes is a Mayan Indian activist who lives in the remote highlands of Western Guatemala where having access to electricity and running water is not always easy. And that has a direct impact on people’s health and economic well-being. So, Mario found an ingenious solution which involves pedal-powered machines and the power of human motion. It's changing the lives of thousands of people. Mario is working to make the Maya Pedal concept available in countries other than Guatemala as well. Watch this week’s Game Changer on Americas Now here.

Systems Thinking Resources

See our Systems Thinking Resources below! Concepts and Frameworks The Five Learning Disciplines Developed by renowned systems thinker Peter Senge, these five disciplines each enhance the ability of a person or organization to use learning effectively. Leveraged together, they contribute heavily to the success of learning organizations, defined by Senge as, “…organizations where people continually […]

Human Dormancy

Trees lose their leaves over winter. Perhaps we should do the same and experience human dormancy.

Permaculture magazine

Robin Woolner wants to know how wide scale ecosystem restoration and socioeconomic development can be achieved. He has found some compelling answers in Zimbabwe.

Deliberate Practice: Achieve Mastery in Anything

Deliberate practice is a mindful and highly structured form of learning by doing. It's a process of continuous experimentation to first achieve mastery and e...

Food and the Ecological Footprint

How much does food contribute to our Ecological Footprint? Did you know food recommended by nutritionists are also better for the planet? Find out what you can do to reduce our food Footprint in this fun animated video.

How To Organize A SkillShare And Shift The Culture Of Your Community

In this article I will show you how to transform the way your community learns and cooperates, through learning how to organize a skillshare.

A Survival Guide To Teenage Drama That Just Gets Worse With Age

A survival guide to teenage drama to make sure you’re not depleting your renewable resources to the point your internal landscape turns into a barren land (at least as friendships are concerned.)

Standing Rock And The Battle To Regain Our Humanity

Standing Rock became, not just a simple protest, but a working, living example of what was possible, what could be done.

Inclusive meetings and events

Techniques for successful group meetings To ensure good thinking, clear process and meetings in which everyone can feel confident and comfortable, we recommend a range of simple techniques. All the techniques listed below are easy to learn and easy to use, and after a bit of initial practice, can be easily incorporated into most situations where people are thinking, learning and working together.

How Plants Were Used To Gain Freedom On The Underground Railroad - The Allegheny Front

An overlooked piece of the Underground Railroad’s history is brought back to life in Pittsburgh’s Frick Park.

Confronting the Context: Permaculture and Capitalism - Liberation Ecology

I've written before about the challenges faced by permaculture enterprises. Farms, like other land-based permaculture projects, are faced with the formidable task of regenerating ecosystems and communities, while surviving in a system that rewards the destruction of the same systems. Permaculture projects have to compete with degenerative enterprises and institutions that are happy to take the efficiency 'bonus' from unsustainable and exploitative practices.

ROBYN FRANCIS Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change IPC11

ROBYN FRANCIS Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change IPC11 Cuba at the International Permaculture Conference In Havanna

Ecofeminism and Permaculture

Ecofeminism is commonly seen as women planting trees: just as permaculture is commonly seen as gardening. Those are the first steps. Permaculture is a design system, based on Nature's ecosystems. Social and spiritual permaculture design for human communities. Eg, Transition Towns. Ecofeminism finds similar patterns, for a life different from patriarchy.

Celebration of The Circle Way

Interviews with circle practitioners who are using The Circle Way in a variety of settings in North America for diverse purposes.

On activist trauma-bonding and cultural codependency

This article assumes you have some basic working knowledge of attachment theory. If the term is new to you, you can go here to read more. One of the key aspects of the cultural somatic approach I e…

Collective Story Harvest of Chicago Dialogue & Deliberation Projects

The Chicago Dialogue & Deliberation Community of Practice (COP), the Illinois Art of Hosting and the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Chicago Chapter hosted an evening of storytelling, group sharing, and collective learning. Experience a meta harvest from participants representing each of their story arcs after a storytelling session on Chicago Dialogue and Deliberation Projects. Collective Story Harvest is a method developed by Art of Hosting practitioners that combines individual storytelling and small group process to collectively identify insights and learning. Dialogue & deliberation (D&D) includes a variety of small group conversational processes that allow people to share their perspective and experiences with one another, as well as examine options and trade-offs to make better decisions. For more information about Collective Story Harvest, check out

8 Forms of Capital - AppleSeed Permaculture

Author's Note: This is the original 8 Forms of Capital article from 2011. Our more recent book Regenerative Enterprise builds on the 8 Forms of Capital - you can download it at, purchase a hardcopy, or get an ebook ... Continue reading →

Teaching Adult Learners: Icebreakers - Open2Study

Teaching Adult Learners is a free subject offered by Open2Study. Anyone can enrol, so join the class at https://www.open2study.comLearn instructional skills ...

Don’t Be Scared About The End Of Capitalism—Be Excited To Build What Comes Next

Instead of fixating on a fight between capitalism and socialism, imagine innovating a future economy that transcends old binaries.

Social Permaculture Principles in Action - Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning

By Erin Young Social Permaculture is a nature-informed regenerative design framework for social systems; with particular focus on people care. Social Permaculture is regenerative social design.

How to Run a Business in the Gift Economy - Shareable

Please share with Shareable! Click here to support our coverage of the real sharing economy. Maybe this is you: you've been working for a while on your own, making a little bit of money, maybe a lot of money. But something doesn't feel right. When you bill people for your time and expenses,

Indigenous matriarchs stand together in dark times

A group of eight North American Indigenous elder women, weathered in front-line resistance, fluent in their languages and rich in traditional teachings, have joined forces to protect the sacred

Mothers of Invention Podcast

Mothers of Invention podcast. Learn all about the women driving powerful solutions to climate change all over the world. Hosted by Mary Robinson and Maeve Higgins. Join the conversation now @MothersInvent

We Can't Talk About Farming Without Talking About Race

When nationwide hoarding left supermarket shelves empty in early March, many were forced to get innovative about how they filled their refrigerators. Since then, the popularity of community supported agriculture (CSA) programs has surged, allowing consumers to bypass the corporate middleman and buy directly from farmers.

Permaculture magazine

Maddy Harland explains why activism, like an ecosystem, has many niches, from demonstrating on the streets to teaching low carbon solutions. Wherever you belong, it is vital that we stand up for the wild, the more than human world, and remind ourselves daily that it is Nature that ultimately sustains us.

Women, Climate Change and the rise of Eco-Feminism

Our inspiring former President, Mary Robinson, has joined forces with comedian Maeve Higgins to create a new podcast called Mothers of Invention.....

In Praise of Social Permaculture - Resilience

The concept of social permaculture is the application of permaculture principles to human relationships, communities, social systems, and networks...

Eco-Grief and Ecofeminism | Heidi Hutner | TEDxSBU

Heidi Hutner's talk on Eco-Grief and Ecofeminism, is the story her journey into environmental teaching and activism, after her cancer diagnosis at 35, and ...

A Forest Garden With 500 Edible Plants Could Lead to a Sustainable Future | Short Film Showcase

Instead of neat rows of monoculture, forest gardens combine fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables together in one seemingly wild...

The value of asking questions | Karen Maeyens | TEDxUFM

Why should we ask questions? Educator Karen Maeyens explores the power of asking questions as keys that open endless possibilities and allow us to overcome o...

Building a Rocket Mass Heater step by step to finish! Watch to the End!!!

Maybe you can afford a small donation to if you feel this had value to you! UPDATE on the RMH as of 12-23-18: UPDATE and why we took it down again!

Ecological Footprint per Capita 2019 | Worldmapper

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources (fish and forests, for instance) and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. According to the Global Footprint Network, in 2019 this day was reached on July, 29th.Earth’s ability to sustain humanity’s existence is linked to the planet’s productivity and its biological capacity. In the wider sense, this does not only refer to the resources that humans consume, but also nature’s capability to absorb and regenerate the waste that we produce. With a still growing population as well as an increasing use of natural resources, biocapacity is under constant pressure. On a sustainable planet, all of humanity would only use the resources and produces waste at a level that does not deplete nature. The ecological footprint, measured in global hectares (gha) for the average biological productivity in a given year allows to put the actual global hectares that are consumed (and wasted) into the context of the existing biocapacity. With changing consumption patterns and population developments, the gap between these two has been growing constantly and exceeds the biosphere

How Facilitators can change the World. | Zenergy Global

This article explores three qualities of trained facilitators that can improve significantly the way we work together in the world. By Simone Maus.

From Growth to Degrowth: a brief history - Local Futures

The notion of economic growth as a regular, ongoing, self-sustained process no longer holds up to critical analysis. Even during what’s been called “The Glorious Thirty” – the years between the end of World War II and the 1974 oil crisis – growth occurred almost solely in industrialized countries and involved a minority of the […]

Two fights in one: feminism and environmentalism

Ecofeminism tries to show that, rather than two parallel struggles, feminism and environmentalism are intertwined

Palestinian farmers use permaculture to challenge occupation

A groundbreaking permaculture project in the West Bank is under threat -- for the second time. Sarah Irving finds out how an alternative agriculture movement is trying to find solutions to some of

What is Ecofeminism? | STAND

Ecofeminism is a movement that unites two issues close to our hearts at STAND: women’s rights and the environment. It is perhaps one of the most useful ways we can look at a wide range of social issues we face today. However, the term may be unfamiliar to many.

Making Money on a Homestead | How a Hobby Farm Can Help Pay For Itself | Roots and Refuge Farm

Today I'm answering the burning question, how to you make extra money with your farm. While our farm is not our main source of income, we've had to get resourceful in order to be able to keep the farm running. Today I'm sharing my experiences on the best ways to allow your farming endeavor to pay for itself. Our Instagram: Our Facebook: My Infrequently updated blog: My Articles in Do South Magazine: sowards Our Music is by our friend Daniel Smith If you would like to financially support our channel and farm, you can shop through out Amazon affiliate link, which will earn us a small commission at no additional cost to you here: Or, if you would prefer to give directly to our channel, you can send PayPal here: Thank you so much for believing in us!

How to Make Money for Your Homestead

You want to homestead, but you need to pay your bills too! How can a homesteader pay for their homestead dreams, while still earning an income? Can you make money off your homestead? Can you find a way to work from home? In this video we talk about the different ways I earn an income for our family. I am the primary breadwinner in the family, and also have been the primary farmer on our homestead. I discuss the changes we have made over the years, from working an off farm job, to becoming self employed. You can make changes in your life that lead to having more freedom to enjoy homesteading. Find out how in this video.

The Best Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint | Hot Mess 🌎

Viewers like you help make PBS (Thank you 😃) . Support your local PBS Member Station here: Thanks for watching Hot Mess! Please SUBSCRIBE! ►► And support us on Patreon: The average carbon footprint of a person in the US is 16.5 tons –TONS. So, what can you actually do decrease this number and make a meaningful difference? Connect with us on: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: References: ----------- Host/Writer: Miriam Nielsen Creative Director: David Schulte Editors/Animators: Karl Boettcher & Derek Borsheim Producers: Stephanie Noone & Amanda Fox Editor-In-Chief: Joe Hanson Story Editor: Alex Reich ----------- Produced by PBS Digital Studios Theme Music: Eric Friend/Optical Audio Music: APM Stock images from Thanks to the funders of Peril & Promise for supporting PBS Digital Studios. Peril & Promise is a national public media initiative from WNET telling human stories of climate change and its solutions. Learn more at http://www.p

Eco-nomics: A Permaculture Design Perspective 生態經濟:樸門設計觀點 | Tammy Turner 唐敏 | TEDxTunghaiU

Seeing the world through a holistic lens that places us humans squarely within the realm of nature and planetary systems is key to addressing the myriad environmental and social challenges that we face. Learn how this speaker is leading communities in Permaculture education and design to cultivate a new generation of eco-nomically intelligent global citizens. 要因應我們現今面臨的諸多環境與社會挑戰,關鍵是以宏觀的視角,將人類恰如其分地置於自然和地球系統的範疇中。講者將分享她如何引領樸門教育與設計,培育新一代嫻於生態經濟的地球公民。 1986 年從美國來到台灣,唐敏學習中文、成為知名的翻譯人員,同時也成為精粹有限公司的創辦人之一和資深合夥人。精粹公司目前已經成為受各界肯定的多國語言媒體服務機構。唐敏除了投身於企業活動之外,也是一位滿懷熱忱用心研究台灣自然環境的人物,積極支持社會及環保團體。目前她熱情投入台灣的樸門教育及社區營造工作,期望重新帶領人們建立彼此以及與大自然的關係。 This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conferen

Theatre of the Oppressed webinar - Ulex Project

Ulex Project held a live discussion on Theatre of the Oppressed with three facilitators who are leading a range of 2017/18 trainings at the Ulex Project. Full transcript here: This webinar will enable participants to: – Gain an introduction to some of the principles and values that underpin the work – Understand how a range of key Theatre of the Oppressed tools can be used in a variety of situations (e.g. community empowerment, campaign development, group work facilitation, conflict transformation) – Learn about projects across the world using Theatre of the Oppressed – Learn more about how upcoming Ulex Project courses incorporate aspects of Theatre of the Oppressed. Speakers on the panel are: Ruth Cross: co-founder of Eroles Project, who run international residencies for a growing community of changemakers. As a facilitator, participatory artist, teacher, theatre maker, producer and activist, Ruth’s passion lies in co-creating spaces for transformation. Her practice has developed from immersive performance into coordinating complexity-responsive projects which bring communities together to dialogue, pl

Flow vs Deliberate Practice - Malcolm Ocean

Flow and Deliberate Practice are rather popular concepts these days. This shouldn’t be surprising, as everyone wants to be fulfilled in their work and play, and many people want to become an expert in some domain. However, proponents of each approach appear to be in conflict a lot of the time. On top of that, […]