Permagora is the synthesis of permaculture and agorism, forming a plan of action as to how we can get out of the mess we’re in here on planet earth.
Permaculture is an approach to living in balance with our environment. It involves a close study of the patterns of nature and a deep relationship with the land. It is both a philosophy of how we can best live in this world, and a design science that can be used as a tool to help us actually get there. Permaculture specializes in solving the many problems that have arisen from civilization, turning waste into resources and restoring the natural systems that civilization has destroyed. Properly implemented permaculture systems are far more productive and much less energy intensive than conventional agriculture, and are capable of creating a sustainable abundance that could easily be made available to all.
Agorism is a philosophy of freedom and economics that functions outside of the conventional money economy; it is also called counter-economics. The agora is the free and open market. It comes from the Greek word for marketplace, and it now symbolizes the inherent right to free association, and the social contract of non-aggression.
To make the world a better place we must set up more sensible systems, and in permaculture and agorism we have two very practical tools. Permagora is the application of both approaches simultaneously. The goal is the restoration of the natural systems of the planet, and changes in our way of life so that we need not be dominated by violence and coercion.
Voluntaryism, the belief that all interactions should be voluntary, is central to Agorism, and is inherent in the systems of permaculture, which rely on capturing and making use of energy that plants and animals are already, voluntarily and without management, creating. Permaculture works better than agriculture because it is a less forceful and more mindful, integrated approach to obtaining yields from the land. Agorism is more economically successful than statism/corporatism because it is simpler and more natural. Enormous expense and effort need not be taken to make everybody do what they should do. People will trade and be productive of their own volition, motivated by mutual interests.
We all share an interest in the health and vibrancy of our world. Let us each do our part to make this world better. A paradise garden planet awaits us, should we but choose to design and create it. That’s the direction I’m going, and I’m building relationships with others along the way who are following this dream.
Permagora Productions is a media company I created for the purpose of documenting permaculture and agorism in action, all around the world. I am studying the interpersonal arts of cultural transition and the pragmatics of redesigning physical and social systems, learning from those who are already working to these ends. There are so many people on this planet already striving to create solutions, designing and implementing innovative, ingenious systems of all kinds. I have been lucky enough to meet many such people, and I intend to meet many more, and to cover their work as if the fate of our world rested on it. For I believe that it does.
The Main Areas of Focus for Permagora.com are:
Agorism and counter-economics
Permaculture and intentional community
Worldschooling, natural education
Our Beautiful World - Adventure Travels
I will be sharing articles, photos, and videos covering all of these topics, covering our adventures as we try to raise our children differently, to subsist as best we can outside of the corrupt mainstream financial system, and as we search the world over for ideas as to how we can actually proceed with key changes. I am ready to do far more than just talk about some of these ideas - I am looking for collaborators who actually want to start making some radical changes and who are ready to live differently to make it work. It is time for action! Who is ready?
About Eric McCool
Eric McCool is an author and permaculturist whose studies and work for the last six years have been focused on localization, community organizing, and sustenance gardening. Earlier academic studies he conducted at Boston and Baylor University, with emphasis on philosophy, history, and English.
Rather than completing his degree, Eric went off to travel and vagabond about, living on the streets, camping on the outskirts of civilization, working service and labor jobs for short stints to raise cash in between adventures. Discovery of permaculture and the new paradigm culture led him to Oregon, where he took a permaculture certification course and got to know some key people in the community of the Rogue and Umpqua Valleys. He went on to spend five years working on localization and community building projects in the small town of Glendale, and the focus of his studies center around local community and what people can do from where they are.
In the course of this work, Eric began to take note of matters of critical concern to the planet and society, developing an interest for activism and alternative media. Inspired by the many independent journalists who have been expanding the quality and reach of alt media, he began to develop ideas for content and programming that would bridge the worlds of permaculture and the alternative media.
Eric now resides in Southern Oregon with his wife and three daughters, growing gardens and exploring the beautiful natural places of the Northwest.