Permagora is a plan of action as to how we can get out of the mess we’re in here on planet earth. It is a synthesis of the concepts of permaculture and agorism, which are the most cutting edge tools available for changing our world for the better.
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 applied to help us actually get there. Permaculture specializes in solving the many problems human civilization has created. Discovering permaculture involves a shift in perspective. Problems become solutions, waste becomes a resource, and the forces of nature cease to be adversaries threatening to undermine our efforts, becoming instead great sources of energy to work with and benefit from. By shifting our perspective and using what we have available to us creatively, we can restore the natural systems that civilization has destroyed. Properly implemented permaculture systems are far more productive and much less energy intensive than conventional agriculture, creating a diversity of wealth that conventional economics cannot even fully measure.
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. There are many ways to qualify as an agorist. Agorists are people who choose to deal outside of the system, in any way they can. Working cash jobs. Networking with neighbors to barter, share equipment, or carpool. Growing food and making clothes or making anything. Ultimate agorism is getting out of the controlled banking system all together, through crypto currencies or self reliant communities with thriving local economies.
To make the world a better place we must set up more sensible systems, and permaculture and agorism are excellent tools to apply to help us with this challenging work. The goal is the restoration of the natural systems of the planet, and the reset of human culture 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 creating, voluntarily and without management. Permaculture works better than agriculture because it is a less forceful and more mindful - an integrated approach to obtaining yields from the land. Agorism emerges in spite of the many laws and punishments devised to force people into controlled markets. Agorism cannot be stopped because it is natural, like weeds breaking through abandoned parking lots. We don't need states to help us behave. People will be productive and trade fairly 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 the record I am keeping of 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.