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Permaculture and resilience

Permaculture design principles

Permaculture ("Permanent Agriculture") encapsulates a set of design principles that go beyond growing food, and can be applied to any business, system or social setting. We have applied some of the principles to ourselves here at The Resilience Programme and been impressed by the insights obtained.

Permaculture starts from a set of three ethics: earth care, people care and fair share. Already this is starting to look different from many business models!

Building on the ethics are a set of ten design principles:

1. Observe and Interact

2. Catch and Store Energy

3. Obtain a Yield

4. Apply Self-regulation and Accept Feedback

5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services

6. Produce no Waste

7. Design from Patterns to Details

8. Integrate rather than Segregate

9. Use Small and Slow Solutions

10. Use and Value Diversity

11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal

12. Creatively Use and Respond to Change