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This blog is intended to be an open source space to design a sustainable future by bringing together the activism of the Occupy Movement and sustainability of Permaculture Design Principles.

Though the concept is surprisingly simple, the details will be multivariate because all solutions are ultimately local. This is not an attempt to dictate what each community should do, but to develop consensus around a conceptual framework upon which a sustainable future can be built. Occupy supplies the element of activism and a decision-making process via consensus decision-making. Permaculture provides the ethical framework and sustainable design principles through which all decisions must be assessed, analyzed and implemented.

PermOccupy is Occupy, Permaculture and sustainability as a model for governance that might ultimately replace the old paradigm completely. At the very least, it can provide a counter balance to the current structures and a means of organizing protest and keeping activism alive and healthy. The basic Occupy model of the General Assembly, work groups and affinity groups, all working within the process of consensus, can be a fractal structure enabling consensus to be applied at all socio-political levels, eliminating one of the most common roadblocks to applying consensus to large groups.

I hope to add a forum to facilitate the discussion and will upload the current PermOccupy paper as soon as I figure out where and how.

EDIT: Have uploaded the paper:

The PermOccupy document can be found at Google Docs. This is an open source project. Please indicate your suggested changes clearly using editing tools, font changes, use comments, etc., so we can watch the document develop but not lose potentially valuable work. Please do not delete any material.


I believe we are at the edge of the abyss, that if we wait much longer to get started on global sustainability, the environment will be beyond recovery. I also believe completely that if we have not crossed the final tipping point, irreversible, self-perpetuating methane emissions, the solutions are simple, accessible and can begin to show dividends in as little as two or three years and get us back to 350 ppm CO2 within as little as six years and to the very safe level of 300 ppm in less than twenty years. All with no major lifestyle changes. They will be necessary, but we can buy time to make those changes so they are not so shocking and disruptive. We can begin with safe, simple solutions like reforestation, creating Food Forests, and regenerative farming.

Many thanks to those who have participated in developing this idea to the extent that it has been thus far. I look forward to collaborating with all of you to see if this is an idea that can add to or inform our efforts to achieve sustainability.