What is Permaculture?


Permaculture came into being as a scientific discipline during the 70’s as a collaboration between a young undergraduate eco-prodigy named DAvid Holmgren and his brazen eco-sexsymbol renegade thesis supervisor Bill Mollison. Theirs was an encounter that would change the fate of the world, as both sought to create a contructive and all-encompassing system that could spread virally and contaminate its hosts with a renewed vigor to challenge the qualms plaguing humanity, opening their eyes once more to the potential of humankind, and destroy the shackles of ignorance into which we are born; to re-empower our communities through cooperation; reconnect to the natural world around us with awe and compassion; to once again know our true selves, freedom and the abundance life has to offer.

Permaculture in the strict sense of the word is a DESIGN SCIENCE, aimed at creating and sustaining healthy and abundant Ecosystems for Life by working with Nature rather than against her. It achieves this by using thoughtful Observation rather than thoughtless Action; employing relentless Positivity and seeing Solutions in Problems; and finding guidance in the Design Principles gleaned from Mother Nature herself. Permaculture at its core is founded upon three Ethics, which contrary to our current hijacked and runaway sciences, safeguard sound practices aimed at:

1) Care for the Earth
2) Care for People
3) Sharing

Permaculture Ethics and Principles

If Anything this Ethical base is what sets Permaculture apart from all existing sciences. Whatever breakthroughs the sciences have brought us, without moral direction we have seen the most Destructive side of human ingenuity celebrated in the name of Scientific Progress. The Ethics of Permaculture remind us, that all our Actions should be inherently Positive and in service of the Betterment of Life and Nature, be it the Rainforests, the Apartment in which you live, or the relationships you have with other Living beings.

Greening the Desert in Jordan

To guide our Actions, Permaculture aims at incorporating the whole array of Knowledge needed to create Sustainable and Abundant systems of Life. In essence then, Permaculture is a HOLISTIC DESIGN SCIENCE that draws on the whole pool of accumulated human knowledge, combining existing scientific disciplines like Horticulture, Biology, Chemistry, with disciplines like Economics, Social Geography, Landscaping, Climatology, Natural Construction, Nutritional Sciences etc. etc. with all that has proven to work from past generations as well. The aim is to create a habitat for life that is Healthy and will Sustain itself for all Future Generation to Come.

Grey Water Filter at OWS

In practice this translates into affirmative action, growing your own healthy foods, eliminating toxins from your living spaces, regenerating the eroded and depleted soils, improving on the fragility of the web of life by promoting mutually beneficial bio-diversity, closing the production cycles, closing waste cycles, re-using, recycling and upcycling, and most importantly reducing the degree to which we consume. The Real revolution starts in the mind, and then expands into your backyard, literally and figuratively, as we setup local community gardens, bringing people together of all ages, providing in each other’s needs. Here we find that we can design our own local economies and let go of fiat currency more and more, by exchanging services, sharing resources, and trading goods. The list goes on, but fundamental is that the change begins with yourself, and will spread out to those around you, as you infect them with the virus of Permaculture! Wooohooo! :) Permaculture then offers a big picture in which sound ecological practices have a place that apply to every aspect of day to day life, for you, your family, your community and your environment at large. Get with it, and BE the CHANGE you wish to see! 😀 For at this juncture in time, the question of how to provide and care for yourself and your beloved ones, including Mother Earth, without whom we have nothing, is more imminent than ever. It’s not a fear mongering assault on reality, it’s a reality check with ‘how-to’ tips included.

The gift of Permaculture is that it offers us a way to wake up from the mind-numbing buzz of post-modern self-deluded industrial consumer existence, and reconnect us with the sanctity of life, and the responsibilities we have in safeguarding our planet as a gift for all future generations to come. Moreover, the biggest gift Permaculture has to offer, beside being the all-encompassing set of tools to solve ALL the environmental, social, and existential qualms of our times (no exaggeration whatsoever intended), is that it starts us on a beautiful journey to true FREEDOM.

Stay Tuned for More on Permaculture, Affirmative Action from Around the Globe, and How you CAn Participate!!

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Permaculture or permanent agriculture, is about living agricultural ecosystems. It is based on various natural and ecological principles, such as self-organization, high biodiversity and bioreciprocity which all help to create a non-linear ecosystem, in which the whole is much bigger than the sum of its parts. By having a system that is accordance with such natural phenomena, it will contribute to the health of the larger ecosystem and bioregion rather than weaken it, as is the case with modern intensive agriculture. For a more thorough discussion about permaculture and underlying see the Resources section, where the basic principles are explained.

This website itself will be an online platform that is essentially based on permacultural principles, such as self-sufficiency and auto-organization and diversity. The overall aim is to share and promote permaculture in local and global communities. The idea is that anyone can contribute relevant content this site so that an organic growth of information and resources is realized. Moreover, the site is set up to function as a social network, where people as well as organizations can set up a personal page to present themselves, share ideas and meet fellow permaculturalists.

Through collective participation also the structural part of this site may develop over time. At the moment we are making use of open source web development tools such as WordPress. Any suggestions towards improvements will be greatly appreciated and anyone with technical knowhow is invited to participate in the development of this site. See the forums for more about participating in this process.

For Further Exploration:

Urban Permaculture – Bill Mollisonn, the Global Gardener


How to Create a Food Forest


Permaculture Projects around the Globe

How Permaculture Can Save Humanity but not Civilization

What is Urban Permaculture?

Youtube has Many Many great Permaculture Videos
Many Torrent Sites like ThePirateBay.org have Long Lists of Permaculture Books and Videos as well.

Permaculture in the Netherlands

Permaculture.nl is a new online portal for everyone who is interested in Permaculture design, Self-sufficiency and gardening.

On this website you will able to find an Abundance of online resource for Permaculture knowledge, research tricks and links. Permaculture.nl is currently based on a young and dynamic permaculture farm in Friesland, a province of the Netherlands. The site is therefore also used as the Farm’s homepage. Farm design, news and photos of all permaculture projects organised on the farm can be visited by going to the farm section.

This summer and fall various one-day courses are being offered at the farm.

Permaculture is a system for designing sustainable human communities, based on both ethical guidelines and a number of design principles. Check out our Permaculture Knowledge Base if you want to know more.

At the moment the English version of our website is still in development. However if you are looking for more information about the website or the courses offered at our Farm, please get in touch.

Permaculture Courses

In our day and age we are becoming more and more detached from nature and the self-sufficient ways of generations before. Now more than ever, as the detrimental effects of our consumption driven society are felt all over the globe, the time has come to re-embrace Mother nature and rediscover the pleasure experienced when working with her rather than against her. Whether it’s making rich compost from kitchen scraps, identifying and using the great wild plants all around us, creating an edible garden, or planting a forest garden, all of us can participate in this great adventure toward more freedom and happiness!

To gain more knowledge and practical skills about Permaculture, self-sufficiency and gardening, our dynamic permaculture team is organising a series of Permaculture courses at Wynspul Permaculture farm in Friesland. The courses will host a variety of themes with an emphasis on practise, so that participants can apply these skills in their own backyard when they go back home.

Course offering:

Permaculture gardening

* Permaculture ethics, principles and design
* Compost, liquid fertilisers en biological amendments
* Raised beds and planting

Saturday 11, 18 and 25 august

Urban Permaculture

* Permaculture ethics, principles and design
* Gardening in pots and containers
* Permaculture in the kitchen

Saturday 1 and 8 September

Wild Plants and the Biome

* Reading and understanding the landscape
* Identifying and harvesting useful wild plants
* Processing and using wild plants

Saturday 15 and 22 september

Courses take place on saturdays, however upon request other days can be scheduled for groups. Each course is a full day from 10:00 to 17:00 and includes coffee/tea and a nice lunch with vegetables from our own garden.

Please contact us to sign up or if you want information about the courses.

We Are NOt What We Think We Are, But What We Think We Are

The Mind is a trickster, and as much as our mental capabilities stand as one of humankind’s greatest powers, we also tote it as one of our greatest weaknesses. Early on in the 20th century, a man named Edward Bernays would revolutionize the way human beings manipulate each other with their minds. Bernays was the cousin of Sigmund Freud, and used his uncle’s deep insight of the human psyche to father what we know today as Corporate Mass Media. He is the Progenitor of Modern Day Spin Doctoring and False Flagging, and single handedly turned the Nasty Word Propaganda into what we now know as Public Relations. Sounds a lot better doesn’t it? It’s the same Orwellian magic wand that turns the Departement of War, into the Departement of Homeland Security. It is of course a mind trip, designed to hypnotize and manufacture ‘Democratic’ consent. As we wake up to a neo-feudal world in which our sovereignty has been hijacked, our most basic rights have been commodified, and our consciousness regulated by law, we find as the comedian George Carlin aptly put, that it’s the American Dream, because you gotta be asleep to believe it.


In his book ‘The Turning Point’ the human potential writer Fritjof Capra starts his vision for a better world with the Chinese Character FU, one of 64 Hexagrams from the I Ching, a 3000 year old manuscript, known to us as ‘THe Book of Changes’. This classic was written by the power of a human mind trying to grasp reality not in terms of numbers, figures and hard Science, but in terms of re-occuring Natural phenomena, rhythms, pulses and cycles, the Organic Language of the Universe. FU is the Hexagram of Return, the stage of Transition, and can be understood in terms of the axiom, that in times of crisis lie the greatest opportunities. It is easy to dismiss the I Ching as quackery fortune telling, but it would be a case of throwing out the baby with the bath water if we would deny the power that lay hidden within this type of reverse psychology.

To bring all of this back to Earth, we must acknowledge that it is here we find the seed of a powerful way of thinking that is also incorporated in the Design Principles of Permaculture. Namely Facing up to the Problem, drawing in some deep breaths, letting the wind whirl and whisper around your EPIC hair….. Ehrm, Observing the Challenge, BEcoming the Issue, taking one step back and Seeing the Bigger Picture, supercharging that UNwaivering Positivity, and in anticipation of those two steps forward, constantly realize that ‘The Problem IS the Solution!!!’

Ducks are our Friends!

Ducks are our Friends!

The classic example Bill Mollison likes to mention, and by the way he’s a real Bastard sometimes :-), is the way we deal with those most detested of pests, gardeners’ biggest adversary on the battlefield of their food producing gardens……..the Slippery Snails and Slimey Slugs. Instead of taking these creatures that nibble away your once exquisite lettuces as your enemy and hauling in some Environmentally hazardous Petro-Chemical product, we can employ the problem to serve as a Solution, and just by turning around our perspective on the issue, the Gastropod Molluscs become our Allies. Then suddely, an overabundance of Snails and Slugs, is really just a Deficiency of Ducks! For Ducks love the Slimey Critters, and if trained in that way, will leave your crops alone and pick out all the Slithering Snacks, including other harmful bugs. Now we’re starting to think Permaculture, making this small change in your system, turns a pest problem, into a more diverse and healthy ecosystem. In addition, you get some great company from the ducks, they produce beautiful manure that will only add to the fertility of your garden, and they’ll even eat the unwanted Weeds and other organic waste you might have. One element with many functions! Minimum effort, for maximum effect! OKay, granted, if you’re down at Wall Street reading this, you’re thinking, ‘yeah well what does this mean to me!?’ Perhaps you have no space for Ducks! However, as we come to think Positively and solution oriented about the Issues confronting us, we see that problems arise from mental obstacles, such as inertia and ignorance, and that the same issues can be approached with a completely different attitude. We don’t have Too Many Empty Urban Lots, We have a Deficiency of Urban Communal GArdens!! If anything we must demonstrate the power of Positive thinking, orienting ourselves in terms of solutions, for that is what we need in order to identify the opportunities that lie in front of us in these times of crisis, or should we say, these times of Opportunity? 😀

Bankers SUCK! Wooohoooo! I LOve LOve!!

Similarly, the perception that the Occupy Wall Street movement has no organization, or guidance, or demands, as its main problem, is in a way just creating another mental obstacle that blinds us from the reality of the situation. To move forward in a Sustainable way, to deal with the direct challenges of the economic crisis, to realize that we CAN move away from fiat currency and say SCREW YOU to private Central Banks (Yes we are FED up!!), we need to get out of the Isolation and Inertia of our Drone like lives, and inform each other about the Healthy and Sustainable practices we can use to get out of this mess. Educate ourselves on how we can cooperate in meeting each other’s most basic needs, form alliances, cooperatives and friendships with our neighbours and kin. We will have people of all ages, colors, faces and places coming together, implementing a new kind of co-existence, finding meaning once again in their lives as part of a larger whole, without Fear and Redeemed from the Dark night Of Apathy. By changing ourselves first, and Helping each other similarly; by bringing back the community, Positivity, and Mutually Beneficial Self-Reliance, we become the Solution. So strap on your Permaculture Hat and dont’t forget: “The Problem IS the Solution”, as we are getting out on the streets now, we are meeting each other again, and that in itself IS exactly part of the Change we wish to See.

Stay Tuned for More Sense and Non-Sense on the Permaculture Front, Practical Tips of WHat You can Do, and How to Spread the Permaculture Virus!!

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For Further Exploration:

Growing Lucious Tropical Foods!

The Power of Duck: Permaculture Succes in Japan!

Starting a Community Garden

You Can Eat This!!

Permaculture Praxis


The World beckons us on! So, let us take a look at what we can do individually and as a community on a practical level to take a step in the direction of a more conscientious, natural, and healthy world to co-inhabit.


You Are the Center of your Universe, Wake up and Take Control of Your Life and Health! Industrial food is close to being a lump of dead organic matter, the decay of which made invisible through chemical preservatives and artificial coloring. Most beneficial Active Enzymes in our Foodstuffs have been killed through prolonged refrigeration, and are already close to non-extant through the Processing of modern Chemical-intensive Agriculture; and Increasingly, Health Detrimental Genetically Modified Crop Cultivation. Buying into this, is (perhaps unwittingly) supporting it, and slowly destroying your own health, as well as that of our planet.

Now going Organic is something that needs some elucidation. Many facets of the Green movement have already been commodified and co-opted by those seeking profit, which really just means we should understand what is what, and what is good. Now many have made a fortune from the Organic food Boom, however in reality the fundamental principles of the ways of cultivation don’t differ that much from Industrial production. It’s still the same Monocultural Energy Intensive, added (Organic) Fertilizer, ploughing and tilling the soil (destroying the soil life and its capacities to retain nutrient, water, and gasses). What Organic should mean is Locally Grown, Low Energy Produced, Non Treated freshly consumed Produce; Natural Food.

So the very first step is to become aware of your Food, and realize that a revolution in the way we perceive, cultivate and consume our foods is an evolution toward individual and societal health. Some basic Health Insight: Like the soil, our bodies prefer a certain pH balance between acidic and alkaline to thrive. In the case of the human body this balance is tipped to the alkaline side of the scale, around pH 7.352, give or take a thousandth of a point. :) Most bodies have acidic pH’s, brought on by bad eating habits, irregular Lifestyles, and Stress. Cancers thrive in acidic bodies, oxygen is less easily absorbed which in turn impairs vital bodily functions. Fatigue, listlessness, depression and disease thrive. To maintain a healthy pH, any diet should consists at least of 50% naturally grown, fresh, preferably raw, preferably green, vegetables, or 80% of Alkalinizing Food stuffs. Try eating a red raw organic bell-pepper in the morning for breakfast instead of a cigarette and coffee, and let yourself be surprised by the intensity and richness of its flavors, delight in its sensual sweetness, and wholesomely invigorating juice. Try Carrots as snacks, and expand on your salad Repertoire! Once you go for the Arugula, nuts, vinegar, and other fresh veggies you won’t want to go back!!! Add in some exercise and your world becomes more clear and more meaningful by the day.

Yum! Potatoes!

In addition a shift to local/own organic produce means going from a centralized food economy, which relies on large amounts of energy to produce and transport large amounts of low quality produce, profiting unethical big corporations, and allowing out of control hazardous and unhealthy practices; to a decentralized food economy, which is less energy intense, higher in quality and empowers the community. In essence then it means that we have to Occupy our food, in the way we consume, as described above, but also in the way we produce.


This is where the hardcore Permaculture Design comes in. Yeah!! :) We will shortly discuss two modes of food production in which all of us can take part: individual and communal. Food Production is a challenging endeavor that comes with huge rewards; physical rewards in terms of abundant and healthy food, and spiritual rewards in terms of working with and caring for the natural environment. Engaging your own food, then becomes a great body, mind, and soul work-out!!

In the best case scenario you have a front and/or backyard available with plenty of sunlight. In that case you have all the conditions to start your self-sufficient food garden. Make raised beds to plant your crops, or Hugle Kultur Beds if you have wood lying around, or wicking beds if you have a scarcity of water. Plant polycultures of vegetables, add berries, medicinals, and aromatics to your liking; employ climbers, creepers, herbs, bushes, and trees; mix brassica veggies with root crops and wild edibles, get into square foot gardening, consult companion planting tables to achieve the best mixes of biodiversity, intersperse plants that attract predatory beneficial insects, plant fast growing fodder trees and plants, to create shade and build organic matter, compost everything you can lay your hands on, start a worm-farm bin, and start thinking about perennial crops that will take away the need for the more labor intensive annual crops over time.

Permaculture Design will give you the tools you need to find ways to make use of your rainwater, to deal with sheet run-off from flash rains, to take into account the prevailing winds, the direction and duration of sunlight, and compensate for the extremities of your specific climate. Your system will become more and more intense, accumulating the amount of beneficial connections between all the elements in your garden, creating more niches for life and diversity to thrive. Perhaps you’ll notice that you have a lot of birds around; make perches and birdhouses that will accommodate these awesome creatures, for many of them will help you with pests while they give their fertile excrement to your soil.

Stack the Spaces!!

Perhaps you only have a balcony or very small space outside. Make use of the vertical space! Make some trellises, let those beans and peas run! Kiwi’s climb, cucumbers climb, grapes climb, you can even trellis squashes and melons, zucchini’s and tomatoes. Use every viable space and create an intensive system. You have a lot of shade? Many things grow in the shade, many lettuces and brassicas! You’re in the cold? Use cold-frames, make small poly-tunnels, solutions abound just open your mind and experiment!

Other things to consider is greening your living spaces, some varieties of plants have special high oxygen producing qualities and will filter the air from dust particles. Many kitchen herbs do very well by the window sill, and if you have large windows you can install self-made vertical gardens. If you’re really pressed for light indoors get up on your apartment roof and Occupy IT! :)

Of course, it is not easy to create a self-sufficient food system in the city by ourselves. The solution to this problem is manyfold as well. Many farmers suffer from the competition Big Agri imposes on them, many would love to farm organically. By starting Community Supported Agriculture schemes (CSA’s), we can together pool money to buy organic produce from local farmers, having enough subscribers will make it worth their effort, providing them with stable income, while they accommodate our food supply. You can even pay the farmer to keep chickens for you or other animals.

Permanent Gardens = Permanent Culture!! Community Rocks!!

Really, we need to convene and set-up more community gardens. In my view, community gardens are the means by which we can really empower ourselves, and become independent of our reliance on industry, while at the same time strengthening our communities and local economies. Community gardens allow for more wholesome production, and communal participation distributes the labour. They act as educational hubs, and social meeting places. All that’s needed is a small core group of dedicated people. How many retired people feel socially disconnected from their environment? How many youths feel alienated by modern society? How many kids don’t have a safe place to play and learn from nature? How many adults feel grey and utterly devoid of purposefulness in their regular jobs? Here in the Community Garden we can all come together, learn about and from each other, we can create jobs for teachers and people with a craft or skill, or even jobs in the form of added value food processing, i.e. making our community jams, or dried fruits, culinary and medicinally beneficial herbs etc. Here while we re-learn the simple things in life that are most rewarding, the value of life itself, and the gifts of health and balanced living, we can enjoy the humbling experience of receiving from nature and the intense pleasure of giving back to her. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out!! :p

Stay Tuned for More In-Depth Methods Techniques and Mind Bending Ways of Green Thumbing yourself out of the Matrix! :) Until then, go get your hands dirty, and Fight with Love!

The Danghiz Post’Umus 

Occupy New Haven: Sustainability

Starting a Community Garden

Growing Food in Front Gardens

Permaculture Punks of Mexico City!

Confrontation of the criminal class responsible for the corporate coup of the US, is vital and long overdue. But there is also a need to take responsibility and design intelligent, local strategies, to prevent the same problems of scale from repeating themselves. The notion of self sufficiency is key. We can only properly protest something, when we have reduced our dependancy on it. Permaculture offers a vast resource of practical solutions for sustainable, self sufficient living. Permies were sure not to miss the exciting opportunity to share their knowledge with those who can use it most.

Mobile Design Lab (mobiledesignlab.org) is on the ground at Occupy Wall Street, where they have built working systems, offer Permaculture workshops and share their knowledge… all for free! They are doing great service, simply by being on the ground at the Occupy Movement, but especially for making it more self sufficient and for sharing their knowledge!

The plan to evict the 99% from Zuccotti Park, which was heroically resisted on the 14th of October, was proposed by Bloomberg under the premise of ‘cleanup.’ The 99% correctly recognized the hidden tactic, and thousands poured into the park in the early hours of last Friday morning, to make a stand. The ‘cleanup’ in question was meant, in part, to allow Bloomberg to destroy the Greywater systems that have been installed by Mobile Design Lab.


Greywater is water that has been used, then discarded by human households and businesses. Instead of letting it run down the drain, it can easily be filtered onsite. It can then be used immediately, for example for irrigation. If Greywater is not separated and filtered, it is combined with other sewage (blackwater), where it becomes exposed to contaminants which can no longer easily be filtered onsite (Greywater is created by doing the dishes, taking a bath or doing laundry. Water used to flush the toilet is not greywater!)

The benefits of ‘recycling’ greywater onsite are far reaching. Every household can take advantage, by collecting greywater seperately. It is a huge waste, that 70 – 90 % of water used by households is effectively contaminated after it is disposed of, by combining it with sewage. Thanks to Mobile Design Lab, the OWS kitchens at Zuccotti feauture a greywater system.

In the image to the left, a drum is being prepared for a biofilter, using wood chips to separate food and oil from the greywater produced by the OWS kitchen. The biofilter can be seen at work in the image above.


Seed Bombs! Looking for a way to combine Taking a Walk / Beautifying your area / Promoting biodiversity? Seed Bombs away! Below are a few images of the totally free seed bomb workshops Mobile Design Lab are offering. For a guide to Seed Bombs, visit: guerrillagardening.org

Below is a map of Zuccotti, with a design for the park encampment. Mobile Design Lab have been in contact with a lawyer, concerning the legality of collecting human fecal matter at the park, for composting purposes (humanure)! They report the lawyer has confirmed the legality of the proposal. This great initiative will be another concrete way to reduce the encampment’s foot print, and produce some rich soil!


Time’s Up (times-up.org), a NYC based group for promoting sustainability and reducing toxicity in the City, has provided OWS with a peddle powered battery recharging station. Many more to come! Thank you Time’s Up!













The OWS Sustainability Group Table, hand built with materials supplied by the NYC trash network.






Updated for October 29 2011, in response to the great article published by CampusProgress.org

I can’t express how happy it makes me to learn that the implementation of sustainability and permaculture principles is spreading to many Occupy encampments –and spreading with the same momentum as the Occupy Movement itself.

Many of the Occupy encampments have set up committees to analyze their own environmental impact, and conceive of practical solutions. Since Mobile Design Lab first installed a grey water system (more below), sustainability committees in different parts of the country have introduced peddle powered generators, solar panels, bike sharing programs and permaculture workshops. There are also pottery classes, as part of an effort to reduce waste in the form of discarded Styrofoam. There are even long term projects, such as composting and gardening.

What is happening is bigger than Permaculture, even bigger than Sustainability: it is real Democracy. OWS is proving that we, the 99%, are perfectly capable of creating our own, truly democratic systems. We are very efficient when it comes to getting things done, when we decide to take care of business ourselves. We are proving that horizontal organization works great. Change doesn’t need to be squeezed through a hierarchical bottleneck; nor does it need to trickle down to us, we can do it together.

The way in which OWS is organizing itself renders the notion of helplessly depending on elected officials, to take care of matters on our behalf, simply laughable. A month and a half ago, the impediments to democracy – the lobbying and beaurocracy – were a maddening quagmire. Just 6 weeks later, the wind in our sails, we are putting that impasse behind us. We have discovered how to inspire each other internationally, while creating pockets of local democracy.

Many see OWS as nothing more than a platform from which to negotiate. As if we have taken the streets and squares hostage, to be released as soon as our demands are met. This is why so many people keep suggesting that OWS should define it’s demands. I think this mentality lacks vision. Worse yet, it somewhat legitimizes the SWAT team style raids we just witnessed in Oakland. OWS is not about negotiating the terms of partial inclusion, in exchange for our silence and invisibility. It’s about refusing to be complicit in a corrupt system, and proving that we can organize ourselves, to create viable alternatives. It is about creating our own democracy, not about cutting a deal with criminals – no matter what they offer.

The goal of OWS should be to grow, while reducing dependency on destructive institutions. The goal should be to create a sustainable, permanent, parallel economy, for us by us. To create an alternative, in which it’s possible to exist without automatically being complicit – because the truth is, most of the 99% has been overwhelmingly complicit. We have fed our money to the Zombie Banks, to the Pharma Drug Lords, to the GMO Mafia, to the Insurance Cartels, to the Walmarts, the McDonalds – we allow the corporate media to cast it’s spell on us. Even before we realized we were in crisis, the 99% had a long standing negative savings rate.

There is no need to limit ourselves to making demands, and there never should be. Of course we should put all the pressure we can on those who are stealing and destroying our Commons. But we should also continue to build on the alternative that is emerging, by establishing our own local, democratic organizations. We can certainly put pressure on unsustainable industries – by protesting and sanctioning them – but we don’t need to focus exclusively on negotiating with them. After all it is not us, it is the criminal class of corporatists who have gradually occupied our society. The stronger, and more independent our networks are, the stronger our negotiating position, the greater our leverage.

The permaculture movement has been developing the strategies needed to become self-sufficient since the 70’s, and is of immeasurable value to those who are ready to stop waiting for politicians to solve the problems they have either created or allowed, and take back control.


Bill Mollison Permaculture Design Course 1983

“Hunger is rising, absolute hunger is rising, food’s badly distributed, not distributed at all often. The waste of food, the whole deal of it….its eh, a shocking situation, it’s just inhuman. It’s what nobody would intend, and somehow what we’ve arrived at, and we arrived at it by the erection of financial structures, totally divorced from resources. So that the fiscal economy has been a runaway system. We’ve gotta tackle that head on. That is, what I’m trying to tell you, it’s no good any longer just being an organic gardener or farmer, we have to be effective financial and political units. And we’re gonna have to face that. Just as it was very hard for us to learn to garden, then hard for us to learn to collect seeds, once the multinationals took over the open-pollinated seed market; we had to become seed growers. Now its very difficult, we have to become bankers.There’s no good trying to pretend we don’t have to. We can run away to the bush, build a mud hut and grow ducks in the garden, it’s not gonna do it. The coals will still be burnt, the land will still be eroded, and the forests will still be cleared for newsprint if we run away to the bush. So, there’s no escape, we’ve just gotta stop running away, stay where we are and start to face up and fight.”