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
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.
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
1 Invisible Structures -- 19
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
It's not as if this is a risk-free endeavor.
00041 Necessary Beginning Info
Getting a good start helps later on. iPermie! jargon
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
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
We learn design by doing design and here's your
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
Persons and places who were part of my iPermie
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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
The special circumstances involving invisible
structures of urban and college/university
01031 Design issues in our urban realities
The importance of local governments. 18 urban design
imperatives. Problems of cities.
01051 Zones in Invisible Structures
Memes, habits/behaviors, structures, systems,
communities, cultures, peoples, species. Eight zones
for permaculture work.
01061 Observations About Invisible
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,
The utility and importance of voluntary cooperation
and kinship bonds.
01091 Open Source Resistance and the Occupy
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
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
01131 War, peace, and justice
Laying the foundation for a future of peace with
01141 The Melbourne Principles
Ten principles for sustainable cities, adopted in
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
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
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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.
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,
02061 Food system inventory
What can you know about your personal and community
02061.1 Food System Inventory spreadsheet
A way to record your observations. Download at
02071 Food without land
11 ways to produce food in cities even if you don't
own any land. Part 1 of this important
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
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.
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
02181 Learning to cook
Why you need to do this and the most basic steps in
A rich and nutritious stock is the basis for tasty
and healthy soups, stews, gravies, and sauces.
Gravy is one of the founding blocks of civilization.
Learn how to make it the way grandma did.
Applying the "theory of casseroles" to make tasty
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
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
02301 Design a Fermentation Station
More mise en place! What's that you say?
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.
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
02421 Design a college food system.
What would your college food system look like if it
were designed in accordance with permaculture
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
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03011 Energy definitions and science
Definitions of energy concepts important for
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
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
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
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
03101 Energy conservation in dormitories
Earn major point with your school's administration
by organizing energy conservation campaigns in
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
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
03171 Energy Projects
A tip jar packed with fun, interesting, and useful
Stuff is not only about stuff, it is also about
03191 The Diderot Effect
Why replacing an old bathrobe can be a dangerous
03201 Waste and Recycling
Cycling of resources (commonly known as recycling)
is a major energy conservative activity.
03211 Design a materials cycling
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.
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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
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
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
04091 Shelter Inventory.
Questions to ask, situations to observe, data you
04101 Additional shelter resources.
Books of knowledge. Section
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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
Ideas for becoming more water conservative.
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.
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06011 Where are you? Geography and Community
A most basic question, the ways of finding the
answer, and the implications for permaculture
06021 There and Back Again: Geography &
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
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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
Characteristics of communities that sustain
themselves over time, resist damage, and recover
quickly when attached.
07051 Community Organizing
Best practices for building beneficial connections
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
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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
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
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,
08091 Alternative Currencies and Investment
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
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
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
08191 Additional Economic Resources
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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
09121 Punctuated Equilibrium
When things change suddenly and not for the good.
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
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
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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.
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
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
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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
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.
Best choice for baby, best for the planet, best for
12041 Towards an Organic Childhood
Laying the groundwork for health, eliminating
exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic
12051 Additional resources.
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13011 Tell your story.
Make specific decisions, document them, find the
beneficial connections, eliminate the negative
13021 Timelines of your life and design
Organizing your implementation. First things first!
Second things second! Priorities are
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
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
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