What's inside iPermie?

iPermie Tables of Contents for each section together with the Chapter Summaries follow the Section list.
The links jump you to that section's chapter Table of Contents.

Foreword, by Vinay Gupta
On becoming a free citizen of a fair world. The end of oppression and exploitation of other people, nations, and species. iPermie proposes radical change, because exploitation is the norm, and fairness an exception. This book is your travel guide to a better future.


Section 0   Basics - 42 chapters
How to hack a plan for your life with permaculture so that you can experience more beauty, health, happiness, freedom, cooperation, and security – with less work, consumption, conflict, injustice, waste, and danger. A discussion of the basics of permaculture design.  Introduces the ethics, principles, strategies, techniques, and tools of permaculture design.

Section 1   Invisible Structures  -- 19 chapters
How to make a world where it is easier to care for people, care for the planet, and have a care for the future. The application of permaculture design to organizations, politics, economic systems, civil society.

Section 2   Food -- 46 chapters
Food first! It's the easiest and tastiest place to start and does a huge amount of good for you, your planet, and your future.

Section 3   Energy -- 26 chapters
Energy is fundamental. Debunks the present wave of optimistic energy propaganda. Surveys your options and alternatives.

Section 4   Shelter -- 10 chapters
How to organize your living situation to create comfort, security, and hospitality --  no matter what the future throws at you.

Section 5   Water – 10 chapters
Water will be as big an issue in the future as oil, perhaps more so. In many areas, that future is already here. How to be water-wise and build a future of hope.

Section 6   Geography, Access, Transportation -- 9 chapters
Neighborhoods, watersheds, ecoregions, and biogeographical provinces. The geographies of your life dictate many of your ecological choices.  The importance of organizing the locations and destinations of your life in light of ecological reality.

Section 7   Community --  8 chapters
No woman or man is an island. Community makes or breaks our ecological futures. More on growing a world where it is easier to make good decisions.

Section 8   Economics -- 19 chapters

Moving beyond the economics of scarcity to embrace abundance. Practical economics as if people, the planet, and the future matter.

Section 9    Constancy, Persistence, Resilience -- 27 chapters
Protecting yourself, all you love, and the communities where you live from the increasingly risky futures that are the consequences of the bad decisions made by billions of people over long periods of time.

Section 10 Health -- 12 chapters
Your personal health is your most important area of design.

Section 11 Education -- 6 chapters
There is a difference between "going to school" and "getting an education."

Section 12 Family --  5 chapters
Families are fundamental, uniting us across generations to care for people, care for the planet, and have a care for the future.

Section 13 Putting this together -- 9 chapters
Making your plans into realities. Finding a critical mass for positive change.

Section 0 Table of Contents

00011 Permaculture in 35 words
The shortest and most succinct commentary possible.

00021 Hacking permaculture in 350 words
The 383,000 words of this book are commentary on this chapter.

00031 Warnings
It's not as if this is a risk-free endeavor.

00041 Necessary Beginning Info
Getting a good start helps later on. iPermie! jargon and more.

00051 The invitation of permaculture
The work will be worth the result.  How to become intentional about your life and why this is important. A preview of the design process – Observe, Study, Evaluate, Design, Implement (OSEDI).  What we know. What we don't know. What we can't know. The importance of wisdom. Why we praxis.

00061 About iPermie!
How this book is organized and some suggestions on using it as a tool to learn permaculture design and hack a plan for your life.

00071 Design your personal permaculture learning experience
We learn design by doing design and here's your first assignment.

00081 Learning Community
Why a learning community is important and helpful and how you can find or start one.

00091 Why is this necessary?
You probably know the answer to this already but a little review never hurt anyone.

00101 Four housemen of the modern apocalypse
Here there be scary stories.

00111 Why you should care
Your only choices are to design your own life or have someone else design your life for you. Will you take the red or the blue pill?

00121 Prerequisites of Permaculture
Long and thoughtful observation. Trust yourself. Embrace a holistic way of seeing the world. Respect creation.

00131 How to permaculture your urban lifestyle
Urban areas are the modern permaculture frontier and will make or break the temporal future of humanity and this planet.

00141 How to permaculture your college lifestyle
You can do more permaculture on campus than you think possible if you design carefully and organize your fellow students for action. How to permaculturally occupy your campus.

00151 Vision of the Future
A fictional look at a city informed by permaculture ethics, principles, strategies, tools, and techniques. iPermie says: "Let's make this a real place."

00161 Lifestyle Inventory: How and Why
Here's a plan for long and thoughtful observation of the situation. It's not the only observation plan but if you don't do this method, you need to develop your own.

00171 Maps and your Lifestyle Inventory
The map may not be the actual territory, but maps sure are useful in permaculture design.

00181 Life Inventory Questions
A detailed list of questions to answer that adds up to a thorough observation of your life.

00191 Your design choices: accidental or intentional
More on your design choices. Replicating natural processes with human systems.

00201 A design for your life
What is a permaculture design? While much of permaculture design work to date has been for individual landscape sites (houses, farms, etc.), the iPermie focus is to design a plan for your life. Aspects, components, and sections of a design report.

00211 Permaculture Ethics
Care for people, care for the planet, care for the future (by embracing voluntary limits and ensuring that surplus circulates in the community and does not centralize).

00221 Principles of Permaculture
We avoid reinventing wheels and flat tires by careful observation of what works and what doesn't work. Lists of general principles. No, there isn't one list of permaculture principles, there are many. Nature is diverse. Did you think permaculture, which aims to mimic nature, would not itself be diverse?

00231 Concepts in Design
Self regulation and sustainability. Sources of work and pollution.  Resources as energy storages. Entropy, chaos, disorder, diversity.

00241 Patterns in Design
One thing always leads to another. You can never do just one thing. Energy always follows the patterns set for it. You can't get a good end from a bad pattern.  Types of patterns. Patterns in motion. Boundaries and edge effects.  Timing is everything. A language of patterns.

00251 Design Methods
Ten techniques to use for permaculture design. Use all of them or none of them or some combination thereof.  The benefits of a comprehensive, holistic approach to design.

00261 Design Toolbox
More  tools to help you do permaculture design.

00271 Needs and yields chart
One of the tools used in permaculture design.

00271.1 Needs and yields spreadsheet
Download this spreadsheet at http://www.ipermie.net .

00281 Zones and Sectors
A place for everything and everything in its place.  Fire, sun, wind, weather, climate, grid energies, fetched energies, invisible energies, and more.

00291 Permaculture wisdom sayings
Traditions received from our elders.

00301 Classic city-scapes
Features common to urban areas everywhere.

00301.1 Arid landscapes
The features, opportunities, and problems of arid landscapes. Download at http://www.ipermie.net .

00301.2 Humid landscapes
The features, opportunities, and problems of humid landscapes. Download at http://www.ipermie.net .

00301.3 Island landscapes
The features, opportunities, and problems of island landscapes. Download at http://www.ipermie.net.

00311 Entropy and Affinity
Since everything is always falling apart, you might as well take advantage of the process. Same thing for affinity except that it's about the tendency of things (and people) to clump together.

00321 Diversity
All about the importance of a diversity of beneficial connections in your life.

00331 Appropriate Scale
Should you build a nuclear reactor to power your house? Choosing the right size strategy, tool, technique, or element for the situation.
Why this is critical.

00341 A Permaculture Fable
Appropriate Scale, Entropy, Affinity, and Diversity went into a pub owned by Permaculture Designer. A story about the Trouble with Entropies. 

00351 Type 1 errors and their necessary avoidance.
Avoid anything that causes more work than it's worth or that puts you or anyone else at risk.

00361 Systems thinking and permaculture
This is the really big picture. Why it is necessary and why it is hard. Practice is required! As is praxis!

00371 A hierarchy of goods, betters, bests
A guide to making choices. Appropriate next steps. Solving problems with succession.

00381 The Process of Permaculture Design
Draws everything thus far in iPermie together into one continuous design narrative. Bonus information: the spiral of intervention and lists of testing questions.

00391 Extension fact sheets
A place to get good information, in person, in writing, and online. But discernment is necessary.

00401 Additional resources
Books to help you along the road. For website links, visit http://www.ipermie.net.

00411 Design challenges
Three challenges to get your started on your road towards permaculture design.

00421 About Bob Waldrop
Who is this guy who wrote and compiled all this information?  A beginning answer. More is revealed as you read the text.

00431 Acknowledgements
Persons and places who were part of my iPermie journey.

Section 1 Table of Contents

01011  Invisible Structure Basics
Structures, systems, religions, organizations, political and economic systems, all the "software" that makes human societies work.  We move towards creating a society where it is easier to care for people, care for the planet, and have a care for the future.

01021  Invisible structures for urban and college permaculture
The special circumstances involving invisible structures of urban and college/university situations.

01031  Design issues in our urban realities
The importance of local governments. 18 urban design imperatives. Problems of cities.

01041  Invisible Structure Toolbox
14 interesting permaculture design tools useful in urban areas.

01051  Zones in Invisible Structures
Memes, habits/behaviors, structures, systems, communities, cultures, peoples, species. Eight zones for permaculture work.

01061  Observations About Invisible Structures
Invisible structures have consequences. Changing invisible structures has consequences. Be careful! The problem of unintended consequences.

01071  Succession and Invisible Structures
Memetic evidence of damaged cultural ecologies, first, second, and third order change agents.

01081  Extended Families, Groups, Organizations
The utility and importance of voluntary cooperation and kinship bonds.

01091  Open Source Resistance and the Occupy Movement
Replicating lessons from the Occupy movement.

01101  Community Permaculture Projects
Ideas for community permaculture projects in cities and on campus.

01111  The problem of rent-seeking
What happens when invisible structures corrupt and go bad.

01121  Structures of Control and Liberation
Memes of control and liberation. How those in control stay in power and how they oppress the rest of us.  The importance of self-fulfilling prophecies.

01131  War, peace, and justice
Laying the foundation for a future of peace with justice.

01141  The Melbourne Principles
Ten principles for sustainable cities, adopted in 2002.

01151  The Methods of Nonviolent Action
From the Albert Einstein Institution, by Dr. Gene Sharp, 198 ideas for nonviolent action. Used here with permission of the author..

01161  Social Justice and the Oppression of the Poor
More on invisible structures gone wrong. How modern societies oppress the poor and profit from it.

01171  Invisible Structure Inventory
The beginning of an inventory of your involvement with invisible structures and your first thoughts on necessary evolutions in invisible structures.

01181  Invisible Structure Design Issues
Two design challenges to get you started.

01191  Additional resources for Invisible Structures

Section 2 Table of Contents

02011 Food First
Why food is such a great place to start and the consequences of doing so.

02021 Household and Community Food Security
Ten principles on which to build a food system that cares for people, cares for the planet, and has a care for the future.

02031 Foodshed
Studying the geographies of your personal and community food system.

02041 Food justice
Justice for farmers, farm workers, customers, and all Creation. A definition of distributive justice and why it is important.

02051 Invisible structures and food
The invisible structures governing and regulating your food system are as critical as weather, soil, and fertility.

02061 Food system inventory
What can you know about your personal and community food system?

02061.1 Food System Inventory spreadsheet
A way to record your observations. Download at http://www.ipermie.net.

02071 Food without land
11 ways to produce food in cities even if you don't own any land.  Part 1 of this important discussion.

02081 Permacultured kitchen
Applying permaculture principles to household and community food systems.

02091 Food Security for College Students
Moving your institution towards a more holistic food system.

02101 Menu planning
The most basic act of household and community food security is to prepare meals from basic ingredients. The role of menu planning in household frugality, nutrition, and food security.

02111 Casino shopping
Learning how to shop at a supermarket is  a critical urban food skill

02121 Frugal shopping
15 shopping rules that will save you money.

02131 Bread
This is a great place to start making improvements in your household food system.

02141 Baking station
Mise in place  for baking.

02151 Kitchen zones
Using this evaluation technique to create a kitchen that works for you and your household.

02161 Recipe conversion
Expanding recipes for quantity cooking.

02171 Food frugality
Seven principles to help keep the cost of your food affordable.

02181 Learning to cook
Why you need to do this and the most basic steps in that direction.

02191 Stock
A rich and nutritious stock is the basis for tasty and healthy soups, stews, gravies, and sauces.

02201 Gravy
Gravy is one of the founding blocks of civilization. Learn how to make it the way grandma did.

02211 Casseroles
Applying the "theory of casseroles" to make tasty low-cost meals.

02221 Fun foods and snacks
Supermarket junk food wastes money. Make your own tasty and more healthy treats.

02231 Cooking vegetables
A survey of the methods.

02241 Portable foods
Options available for food on the go that don't involve transnational food corporations.

02251 Food safety
Why it is important and what to watch out for. The problem of food-borne bacteria.

02251.1 Kitchen Sanitation
Download PDF from http://www.ipermie.net

02261 Meats
A survey of more sustainable meat options.

02271 Kitchen records
Keeping track of what you eat, where you get it, and what it costs. Why this is helpful.

02281 Home Food Preservation
A survey of the popular methods.

02291 Home Food Storage
Store what you eat and eat what you store. Why keeping some of your household savings in food is essential.

02301 Design a Fermentation Station
More mise en place! What's that you say?

02311 Basic nutrition readings
USDA, Weston Price, Vegan, and Vegetarian options.

02321 Edible Landscaping
How to do it in the city.

02331 Food equipment
Useful for preparing, preserving and processing.

02341 Design a storage solution for your lifestyle food system
Food and cooking involve stuff. What to do with your food stuff when you are not cooking or eating.

02351 Kitchen skills
A list of the basics and more advanced areas.

02361 Compost
Because a rind is a terrible thing to waste.

02371 How to grow some of your own food
Part 2 of growing food in the city. Here is where you find the container gardening information.

02381 Avoiding Food Pollution
Discusses the prevalence of pesticide and herbicide residues on commercial produce. Provides lists of vegetables classified by extent of residues. Vegetables you should always eat organic.

02391 How to start a local food cooperative
Lessons learned from the real-life story of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative.

02401 Food Stamp Challenge
Our real-life experience keeping food purchases to a food stamp budget.

02411 Food Stamp Challenge Spreadsheet
Data from our experience (download at http://www.ipermie.net ).

02421 Design a college food system.
What would your college food system look like if it were designed in accordance with permaculture principles?

02431 Design a personal food system
What does your personal food system look liked designed via permaculture principles?

02441 Natural Lawn Care
Maintaining your lawn as if you cared for people, cared for the planet, and cared for the future.

02451 Food Design Issues
Finding beneficial connections among the six design challenges of this section.

02461 Additional Resources for Food

Section 3 Table of Contents

03011 Energy definitions and science
Definitions of energy concepts important for permaculture design.

03021 Thermodynamics
You can't win. You can't break even. You can't get out of the game. Why this matters for energy issues.

03031 Peak energy
To hear some people talk, we have all the energy we need for centuries to come. Why we file this under "dangerous delusion."

03041 Energy efficient versus energy conservative
Efficiency is a fine thing, but when it comes to energy, being conservative in our use of it is most important.

03051 Embodied energy
Everything you buy and use – goods and services – contains energy. Frugality in our use of goods and services enhances energy conservatism.

03061 Urban Energy Issues
Energy issues particular and peculiar to urban areas.

03071 Keeping Warm in the Winter
The most basic but highly useful concepts.

03081 Keeping Comfortable in the Summer
The most basic but highly useful concepts.

03091 Energy conservation for renters
You can do more than you think to conserve energy in your apartment.

03101 Energy conservation in dormitories
Earn major point with your school's administration by organizing energy conservation campaigns in dormitories.

03111 Energy conservation in transportation
Getting from here to there with less energy.

03121 Energy conservation for homeowners.
Deep energy conservation.

03131 Energy in the Kitchen
Tasty food with less energy expense.

03141 Design an alternative cooking system
Building some redundancy in an essential household system.

03151 Chest Fridge
An innovative and inexpensive solution to refrigeration energy expense.

03161 Water Heating
A nice low tech and inexpensive solution that reduces the energy expense of electric water heating.

03171 Energy Projects
A tip jar packed with fun, interesting, and useful energy projects.

03181 Stuff
Stuff is not only about stuff, it is also about energy.

03191 The Diderot Effect
Why replacing an old bathrobe can be a dangerous action.

03201 Waste and Recycling
Cycling of resources (commonly known as recycling) is a major energy conservative activity.

 03211 Design a materials cycling center
Good design support good household habits.

03221 Energy in an Emergency
What to do when the energy grids go down, whether it be temporary or longer-term.

03231 Clothing and Laundry
Getting clean with less energy expense.

03241 Energy Inventory
Observing your energy situation. How many BTUs does your lifestyle require?

03251 Additional resources

03261 Design issues: developing a personal energy plan
Working on an important section of your permaculture design for your life.

Section 4 Table of Contents

04011 Urban Shelter Design.
A survey of a big subject. Designing for shelter that is constant, persistent, and resilient. Shelter as if people and the planet mattered.

04021 Co-housing, Cooperatives, and other forms of Collaborative Living.
Different structures for different folks in different situations.

04031 Geography, Renting, Ownership.
Should you buy or should you rent? Assuming you have a choice, of course.  And perhaps more importantly --- where?

04041 Dormitory Living.
One of the most resource-frugal structures for urban living. Making it even more so.

04051 Tips for living in small spaces.
A tip jar of strategies, techniques, and tools for abundant living in smaller spaces.

04061 Guidelines for house design.
Redesigning your living space to care for people, care for the planet, and have a care for the future.

04071 The Integral Urban House and the Integral Urban Apartment.
The pioneer of the modern urban sustainability movement. If we had all listened to them back in the 1970s, the world would be a very different, and much better place. Millions of people dead in the resource wars of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s would likely still be alive.

04081 Shelter Design Challenges.
Small design projects to further your understanding of design.

04091 Shelter Inventory.
Questions to ask, situations to observe, data you need.

04101 Additional shelter resources.
Books of knowledge.

Section 5 Table of Contents

05011 The hydrological cycle
Water is life! A basic description of the water cycle and why it is so important.

05021 Bioregional water issues
I don't know the bioregional water issues for your particular geography, but I think you should know them. In detail.

05031 Urban Water Issues
Where does it come from? Where does it go? How much do you use? How to radically reduce your contribution to bioregional water pollution issues.

05041 Rainwater Harvesting
Free water from the skies! Not a nuisance, but a gift! How to take advantage of this opportunity.

05051 Strategies, Techniques, and Tools for Water Conservation
Ideas for becoming more water conservative.

05061 Greywater
Getting full value for your water.

05071 Water in your lifestyle design
Areas of design that need attention.

05081 Water inventory
Questions that must be asked.

05091 Water Design Challenges
Small scale designs that develop your skills.

05101 Additional Water Resources
Books for more research and knowledge.

Section 6 Table of Contents

06011 Where are you? Geography and Community
A most basic question, the ways of finding the answer, and  the implications for permaculture design.

06021 There and Back Again: Geography & Transportation
The destinations of your life will make or break your movement towards sustainability. Here there be very hard questions.

06031 Urban Transit
Alternatives to personal automobiles. Design as if geography and frugality were important. Taking advantage of spontaneous economic order.

06041 Selecting a place to live
Not a simple task.

06051 Urban Zones
Methods to analyze your urban geographies.

06061 Migration and Stability
Should you stay or should you go?  And if you go, where and why?

06071 Transportation inventory
Questions to ask regarding the geographies, locations, and destinations of your life.

06081 Access and Transportation Design Challenges
We continue to learn design by doing design.

06091 Additional Access/Transportation Resources

Section 7 Table of Contents

07011 The Importance of Community
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Without community, everything is more difficult, expensive, and troublesome. Our secret weapon revealed.

07021 Architecture of Community
Four levels of cooperation.

07031 Civil Society
It helps us and it hurts us. It liberates and enslaves. On the importance of discernment.

07041 Constant, Persistent, and Resilience Communities
Characteristics of communities that sustain themselves over time, resist damage, and recover quickly when attached.

07051 Community Organizing
Best practices for building beneficial connections in neighborhoods.

07061  The Precinct Community Assembly
Starting the equivalent of a New England town meeting in your own neighborhood.

07071 Community Inventory
Questions to ask, information to discern.

07081 Community Design Challenges
Learn design by doing small designs.

07091 Additional Community Resources

Section 8 Table of Contents

08011 The Money Games
Unit of account, store of value, medium of exchange, method of theft, measure of energy flow, system of oppression, driver of environmental degradation, measure of criminality, invisible structure. Money encompasses many games.

08021 Financial Permaculture & Slow Money
8 forms of capital, new concepts of wealth and investing, how to get there from here.

08031 The Essentials of Economic Sustainability
Sustainable economies grow from nature and society. Living systems, holistic, dynamic, individualistic, context specific, purposeful, resourceful, regenerative, constant, persistent, resilient.

08041 Alternative Economic Systems
Planting and cultivating seeds of a new economic future.

08051 Cooperatives
The number one economic "pioneer plant" available for colonizing the damaged and disturbed economic ecologies of our era.

08061 Economic Survival Strategies
Defending yourself and all you love against the predatory politics and economics of our corrupt elites.

08071 Frugality Fundamentals
Frugality is the  strategy  associated with weaning us away from this perpetual  cycle of consumption, waste, excretion, and more consumption.  It closes the door on the economy of scarcity and plants the seeds of the good-life living of an economy of abundance.

08081 Design for Abundance and Economy
Resourcefulness. Regeneration. Money pits and traps. You get what you design. Managing wants, greeds, needs.

08091 Alternative Currencies and Investment Structures
From Ithaca Hours to Time Banks, and on to Crowd-sourced Finance. A quick overview of non-traditional alternatives for capital formation.

08101 Job and Career
The perils of putting the cart before the horse, which always annoys the horse and gets you nowhere fast. How much work do you need to do anyway?

08111 Why student loans and other debts are dangerous
The borrower is the slave of the lender. Why it is best to pay cash. The most dangerous debts? Student loans and credit cards.

08121 Design for Regeneration
Keeping surplus in circulation so that over time prosperity increases and decentralizes.

08131 Macroeconomics and the subjugation of peoples
How to live a good life that isn't subsidized by wholesale death and destruction elsewhere.

08141 The Unplugged
"A society is just individuals and families, and sometimes families of families, all the way up to States and Governments and the International Agencies and so on. If you solve the problem for a single family, and it's something which can compete in the evolutionary marketplace of ideas, then eventually you can solve the entire problem."

08151 Unplugging as a Lifestyle Strategy
Turning fiction into reality.

08161 Tools for Economic Sustainability
Open Source Ecology and why it is so important.

08171 Economic Inventory
Understanding where you are with your economics is the first step towards a better situation.

08181 Design your household economics
Areas of important design for your personal economic system.

08191 Additional Economic Resources

Section 9 Table of Contents

09011 Resilience, Persistence, Constancy
Big questions. Hard questions. Challenging questions. Natural principles to replicate in human systems. Winning by creating a new game and abandoning the old game that is rigged against us.

09021 Psychological Issues in Resilience
We swim in a sea of media that conditions us to act against our own interests. Murder, death, and violence are everywhere. So are beauty, wisdom, truth, and goodness.

09031 Six ways to die: heat, cold, illness, injury, hunger, thirst
Looking for patterns of safety, supply, and shelter.

09041 Services that protect us
Shelter, Safety and Supply stand between us and the six ways to die.

09051 Six Primary Threats to Infrastructure
Neglect, wear and tear, operators and their errors.

09061 Three effects of infrastructure failure
Quality. Supply. Price.

09071 Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps
Mapping your strengths and vulnerabilities.

09081 Climate Instability
Mitigating your risks of climate problems.

09091 Economic Irrationality
Protecting yourself and all you love from the economic craziness of these times.

09101 Political Criminality
Protecting yourself and all you love from the political criminality endemic to our times.

09111 Peak energy
Developing a personal energy plan to carry you into the future.

09121 Punctuated Equilibrium
When things change suddenly and not for the good.

09131 Die-off
The ultimate of environmental boogermen.

09141 Old Ways – New Ways
A work of fiction examining how a house full of young wage slaves make it through a hypothetical crash of civilization and help build something new.

09151  Printable Flyers
Copy and hold for distribution when needed.

09161 Water Resilience
Next to air, water is the most critical resource for life. Take care of it and it takes care of you. On being inhabited in your watershed.

09171 Air pollution
Indoor and outdoor pollution considerations.

09181 Assessing and mitigating hazards specific to a situation
Making a list and checking it three dozen times to make sure your plan is complete.

09191 Mutual Aid
By mimicking natures forms, we build persistence and resistance into our lifestyles.

09201 Mitigating deterioration in a community
Intervene early and often.

09211 Evacuation and shelter in place
Should you stay or should you go? And what to do if you stay and if you go.

09221 Essential equipment for resilience
Not a minimum or a maximum list, just some suggestions.

09231 Unplugging as a resilience strategy
Community is your ultimate protection.  There is, as they say, safety in numbers.

09241 Resilience Inventory
What do you know about your risks?  For that matter, do you know your risks?

09251 Resilience Design Opportunities
Small jobs to get you going.

09261 Additional Resilience Resources

Section 10 Table of Contents

10011 Your personal health
This is your most important design work.

10021 Useful health resources
Attitude, lifestyle, redundancy, and herbs.

10031 Psychological and emotional health
Don't worry. Do something useful. Be happy. Complicated? Not.

10041 Health Hazards
Illness, injury, doctor-caused disease. Questions to ask. Answers to look for.

10051 Cleaning and Sanitation
Alternatives to toxic cleaning products.

10061 Kitchen Sanitation
Download at www.ipermie.net

10071 Addiction
Better alternatives to two packs/day.

10081 Humanure management
If it's yellow it's mellow. If it's brown, flush it down. Not hard to understand.

10091 Health and beauty products
Toxics lurk in products that convey chemical visions of beauty. We pay a price in cancer and other disease for our obedience to commercially stimulated definitions of beauty.

10101 Health inventory
Questions needing answers.

10111 Health Design Opportunities
Getting started in design.

10121 Additional Health Resources

Section 11 Table of Contents

11011 Education versus getting a degree
The difference between "getting and education" and "getting a degree."

11021 Should I stay in college
Parsing the pro-college propaganda. Following the money. Finding the best deal for your life. Which may not be college. Unpleasant facts about student loans.

11031 Self education opportunities
Many places to learn many things for free.

11041 Home schooling for families
Ideas and resources for abandoning the dysfunctional patterns of modern education.

11051 Education Design Opportunities
Work on your personal education plan for your life.

11061 Additional Education Resources
The classics of deschooling and unschooling.

Section 12 Table of Contents

12011 Family and Children
Fundamental, basic, foundation of the future
12021 Breastfeeding
Best for baby, best for the parents, best for the planet, and best for the future.

12031 Diapers
Best choice for baby, best for the planet, best for the future.

12041 Towards an Organic Childhood
Laying the groundwork for health, eliminating exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic substances.

12051 Additional resources.

Section 13 Table of Contents

13011 Tell your story.
Make specific decisions, document them, find the beneficial connections, eliminate the negative connections.

13021 Timelines of your life and design
Organizing your implementation. First things first! Second things second!  Priorities are necessary.

13031 Walking your talk.
Authenticity and wisdom grow from your living experience with a lifestyle that cares for people, cares for the planet, and cares for the future.  A pattern that yields comfort and peace of mind.

13041 Evolutions of the Story
As your life changes, your design evolves.

13051 Road bumps in the story
Issues and problems in broad and micro scale implementation of permaculture.

13061 iPermie as movement
Creating a community of viral communication.

13071 Songs for the movement
Autumn Carol, Get Ready for Winter, Permaculture Camp Song!

13081 Resistance is Fertile
Ideological Resistance plus Civil Disobedience yields Systemic Change and Punctuated Equilibrium.

13091 You can do this!
Everyone takes the red pill or the blue pill. Those are the only choices.


Graeber's Debt gave Occupy an analysis. iPermie gives Occupy a plan.

by Vinay Gupta
For years, we've waited for the practical guide.

Actually transforming your life to be less vulnerable, and less a part of the problem, is difficult.

 A lot of us get caught up in the maze of spending 5 or 10 years trying to understand what is happening in the world, and working through successive phases of engagement: personal, then political, then communitarian, then personal again as we try and fail to find a leverage point from which to fix the world.

Bob stayed home, and built. He went through the process of orienting, of finding out what mattered in his life, and found a way to be in his community and in his person that made sense to him, with the big picture on the outside matching the action on the ground. He squared global awareness and local activity, and he built.

iPermie reminds me of Synergetics, Buckminster Fuller's magnum opus. Like Synergetics, iPermie frames a novel way of looking at the world and your place within it. Unlike Synergetics, iPermie is accessible to common-and-garden humans: the radical rethink it proposes feels natural and rightly ordered, rather than proposing a world of dihedral angles and interlocking prisms. But it is the same scope, the radical root-and-branch redesign of the world that's held in mind, the difference being that a person of modest means and due discipline can actually implement iPermie.

If society is ready to hear what Bob has to say, there will be real changes. Every generation of diggers and dreamers wonders if the time has come, if now is the time for the sword to be beaten into a ploughshare, and for the shovel and honest labour to displace the internal combustion engine, and all the war, warming and lies that go with it. I think there is strong evidence that the tide has turned, and the time is now. Let me talk about two examples.

Detroit hit the end of the road as Motor City, as the great car-export capital of the world. While urban blight ravaged some areas, graceful reinvention took hold in others, as farms and collectives and communitarians came back, dug in and started to use the opportunity of the city (cheap real estate and few other options) to live and then showcase their values - in action! It's too early to say where that municipal transformation will go, whether it will fizzle-and-bust or whether it'll be the seed for a New America, but the point is that there is hope from the Green Ideal in an environment where - literally - all else has failed.

Then there is the grave matter of Sandy where we saw, in no uncertain terms, how quickly seven million urbanites in the world's premier city could be left shuddering cold apes in lightless caves. Nature does not often give us such a warning, but we are coming to blows with the ecosystem without a doubt, and the wrath of the sea has always been among humanity's primal fears with good reason. King Canute ordered his throne put on the shoreline to prove to his courtiers and subjects that he was not a god, that the tide would rise, and there was nothing he could do about it. Our current generation of potentates expect to be out of office by the time the water reaches the White House, but it is still rising, whether they are on the shoreline to meet it or not. In an increasingly trying age, with increasingly large gaps left by the State and its services, facing what is likely to be a century of paying for 20th century excess, we can only look to each-other and to the soil for support.

It is not that civilization is finished, but the boom of the 20th century, where military victory and cheap oil hoist America shoulder-high above a still-starving planet, is over. We must all rejoin the real world, and that means knowing who grows our food personally, not relying on a faceless machine to connect us to them, and triple the price on the way through for the privilege.

The book is huge: a thousand page door-stopper that starts at first principles and covers everything that I am aware of, from first political principles through to detailed instructions on sourdough culture. The price you pay for completeness is comprehensibility - if you start at the beginning and read to the end in a few sessions, you won't be able to integrate what you've seen. Rather, I recommend reading the first few chapters, the framing, the overview, the vision and then letting your interest and the table of contents guide you, gradually opening up perspective in new areas as you go. Implement small steps - start with bread, if you don't bake already, or perhaps the ever-present garden. Do a little, read more, do a little more. Weave together learning and activity. Read with friends, share projects, build communities. Practice, and put plans into practice. It is not a book to sit on a shelf for a rainy day, it's a book to plant like a seed in your life, to water, care for and grow until something very different is created: life whole, with the grain.

I don't know how long we have before the sweeping changes which are engulfing our civilization will bite hard enough to bring tears. If you are under 25, you've seen your future mortgaged away to pay off banks and usurious student loans as rentiers in real estate and education attempt to ensure their middle ages will be fat and happy. If you are old, you witness the crumbling of health insurance and (in socialist countries) the decline of the welfare state. The center cannot hold, because in truth it was never a whole center, never a real wholeness - our system, our civilization is the last dregs of imperialism trying to hold on to unwarranted privilege and military power at a time when neither is sustainable. We cannot afford a space program, but somehow there's always more money for weapons. When that machine stops, and each nation has to live on its own income, rather than enslaving its neighbours through free trade at gunpoint, there will be changes to the way we live which go right to the heart of things, make no mistake.

But that change is not the end of civilization, only the end of exploitation. What Bob is teaching you to do is to be a free citizen of a fair world, where we live by the sweat of our own brow, rather than through the oppression and exploitation of other nations, other people, and other species. It is a radical change because exploitation is the norm, and fairness an expensive exception, but as the whip hand of capitalism weakens, in a fairer world, we will all have to pay our way.

This, then, is the path: free citizens of a fairer world, one day at a time, together. There's no better travel guide than this book, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Vinay Gupta
November 2012
London, UK