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Change Here Now

Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic Books
 | 
May, 2017
ISBN:
9781623170646
In stock now: 
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$28.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Award-winning social entrepreneur and permaculturalist Adam Brock draws from ecology, sociology, community economics, social justice, and indigenous practices the world over to present more than eighty proven solutions for building healthy communities. Using the "pattern language" framework developed by architect Christopher Alexander and his colleagues in the 1970s, Brock outlines strategies for redesigning our social and economic systems to mimic nature's resilience and abundance.

Practical, innovative, and visually compelling, this book presents actionable and easy-to-understand tools for a compassionate and methodical approach to building better communities. Sidebars and diagrams supplement the text, while case studies illustrate endeavors such as starting a business, launching a social change project, or setting personal goals. Brock suggests ways to engage disempowered communities in a meaningful and authentic way, and draws on eight years of in-depth research and investigation to demonstrate what makes communities work at the most fundamental level. Anyone looking for concrete solutions to many of the social and economic ills that plague our current society will discover a rich resource for growth and change.

When it comes down to it, the challenges of working with people are at the heart of figuring out how to live sustainably on this planet... Whether we're organizing a community garden, starting a business, mobilizing for political change, or just trying to become a better person, we encounter dense and knotty issues every day related to interpersonal dynamics.

 

Across the globe, courageous and dedicated learders are delving into the core of these c hallenges, tinkering with "social technologies" that can untangle these knots of exploitative economics, systemic oppression, and interpersonal conflict.  While every situation is different, there are reognizable patterns to both the problems and the solutions we usually encounter. And although these social technologies can't be seen or grasped in the same manner as a compost pile or wood stove, they are equally applicable to communities large and small, urban and rural, rich and poor.

 

This book is an attempt to comprehensively document many of these social technologies in one useful reference, in a way that makes them meaningfully replicable in any number of contexts.

“Change Here Now is an excellent contribution to a realm of permaculture desperately needing attention and active development.  The social ecosystem patterns Adam Brock lays out are intriguing and relevant.  I look forward to testing, living into, and growing through the patterns in this book.” —Dave Jacke, veteran permaculturalist and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens

Publisher’s Description: 

Award-winning social entrepreneur and permaculturalist Adam Brock draws from ecology, sociology, community economics, social justice, and indigenous practices the world over to present more than eighty proven solutions for building more resilient, equitable, and sustainable communities. Outlining strategies for consciously redesigning our social and economic systems to mimic nature's resilience and abundance, Brock organizes his narrative around the pattern language framework developed by architect Christopher Alexander and his colleagues in the 1970s. Each "pattern" represents an archetype: a flexible solution to a problem encountered again and again in our society. Each strategy is geared toward a fundamental element of a healthy society and can be documented and taught in a manner that makes it easy to replicate. Addressing topics such as interdependent communities, decolonization, self care, economics, community governance, and education, Change Here Now includes how-to guides, case studies, and much more to help anyone looking for meaning in a chaotic world to incorporate these patterns into their lives.

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