Permaculture and Economics, Planning and Dung Beetles

Crispin Caldicott reports on the talks given at this year's Australasian Permacultural Convergence in New Zealand

Eco-Nomics - Why do our Economic Systems Continue to Exploit Ecosystems?

CIWEN asks whether a monetary system based on economic growth is capable of nurturing our increasingly delicate ecosystems...

Finding Permaculture In Iran

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

Hierarchies Vs Networks

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

Seed Saving: If Not Us, Who?

What does the 2008 crisis, illegal drug cartels, your mental health and seed saving have in common? A lot more than you’d think.

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

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

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

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

Kate Raworth

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

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

Articles by Donella Meadows

Below are articles Donella Meadows wrote between 1988 and her death in 2001, organized alphabetically. Click here to browse the articles as larger blurbs in chronological order. A Development Worth Watching 1989—Costa Rica sets a good example with its “Strategy for Sustainable Development” A Synopsis: Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update 2004—A short summary of the updated findings […]

The future of money | Neha Narula

What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus? That's the radical promise of a world powered by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. We're not there yet, but in this sparky talk, digital currency researcher Neha Narula describes the collective fiction of money — and paints a picture of a very different looking future. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at Follow TED news on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel:

Movement Generation | MG's Just Transition Zine

Eduardo Galeano - MG is proud to offer you our new Strategic Framework for a Just Transition Zine! Offered in English and Spanish, it is a 32-page long training tool that offers a framework for a fair shift to an economy that is ecologically sustainable, equitable and just for all its members.

How to start a community currency - Shareable

The centralized creation of money and credit has a profoundly negative effect on local economies, sovereignty, and social cohesion. Bankers value profit at all costs, while locally-controlled institutions tend to prioritize other values like community, justice, and sustainability. Communities can regain some control of the flow of money and credit by issuing their own currency

Degrowth and Feminism

By Corinna Dengler and Birte Strunk Is it possible to reconcile sustainable development, a fair distribution of both paid and unpaid work among genders, and an economic strategy based on growth? In our article The Monetized Economy versus Care and the Environment?

Carework as Commons: Towards a Feminist Degrowth Agenda

By Bengi Akbulut The debates around post-growth transitions to just socio-ecological futures - while undoubtedly variegated - all emphasize that such a transition will involve a fundamental change in the way we organize economic relations and processes. At a first glance, this implies both a nominal and a structural, change with corresponding shifts in production, labor and consumption patterns.

Anti-Pattern Capitalism - The Permaculture Research Institute

Obtain a yield -- Permaculture principle three At first glimpse it might seem like capitalism is a f

Confronting the Context: Permaculture and Capitalism - Liberation Ecology

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

Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity | Charles Eisenstein

The defining image of 20th century agriculture was the huge combine harvesting endless fields of grain. I'd like to offer a very different vision for 21st century agriculture.

8 Forms of Capital - AppleSeed Permaculture

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

From Growth to Degrowth: a brief history - Local Futures

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

Critical Self-Reflection as a Path to Anti-Capitalism: The Degrowth-Movement

By Dennis Eversberg Although growth-critique is currently in vogue and degrowth is mentioned favorably even by the pope in his most recent encyclical, there is as yet almost no scientific research on degrowth as a social movement.

How to Abandon Capitalism | Sofa Gradin | TEDxQMUL

Is Capitalism the only choice for modern society? Sofa Gradin doesn't think so and she has some alternatives she wants to tell you about. Sofa Gradin researches alternatives to capitalism and colonial trade. She has published work on co-operatives and noncapitalist value. Sofa is also active in radical movements that build more egalitarian and democratic spaces in the here and now. Before starting her PhD, she was a musician, song-writing teacher and bicycle dancer. Sofa makes radio at This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Bringing Back Reciprocity — Lucie Bardos

Pre-Blog: The blog post that follows was written by myself during 2013 when I was doing some collaborations with the founders of Seedstock Community Currency in Vancouver. Since 2013 the Seedstock team has gone on to work on other projects as they realized that this community currency was a little b

A Few Thoughts On Permaculturizing Our Local Economies — Lucie Bardos

Pre-Blog: The blog post that follows was written by myself during 2013 when I was doing some collaborations with the founders of Seedstock Community Currency in Vancouver. Since 2013 the Seedstock team has gone on to work on other projects as they realized that this community currency was a little

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

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

Invisible Structures: Economics In Permaculture

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

Juliet Schor: The sharing economy: hyper-capitalism or a sustainable alternative?

At the first International Workshop on the Sharing Economy I interviewed Juliet Schor about her keynote The sharing economy: hyper-capitalism or a sustainable alternative?