The complexity and unpredictability of life events continues to baffle and delight me. Two years ago when I started Permagora, I had no idea what was going to happen in my life. I wanted to create media that would help inspire change, and I wanted to be part of the conversation concerning the nature of our many social problems and working to design various solutions. My background in permaculture gives me an eye for solutions hidden within the complexity of overlapping systems, and my life of vagabonding and adventuring helped me to accrue a large and diverse network. This naturally led to me building media content out of relationships I have with folks who are doing good work, studying their attempts to design case-specific solutions to challenges they face in their communities or farms.
The content of Permagora is meant to be a confluence of the problems and solutions. Bringing the right awareness to the problems and shining a light onto promising solutions. A bridge between the work that needs to be done and the hearts and hands that will be required to do it. It is an affirmation of the great dream of humanity to live in peace and abundance, and starter kit for discovering all the tools and procedures necessary to actualize that dream.
And yet Permagora is also a celebration of the world and all its beauty. Adventure travel, art, and culture are frequent themes, and much of my content over the last year has arisen out of me checking out cool places or events, often things unrelated to agorist actions or permaculture implementations. It's hard for me not to publish all the content I gather, as I always come across interesting things, and I take tons of pictures everywhere I go. But when I scroll the archives of Permagora.com, I don't see that it's really obvious what Permagora is all about - positive change in the world through community-building, localization, restoration of the land, and restoration of our own status from bonded sureties to free beings.
Hence I have decided to fork Permagora into two separate publications. Permagora.com will continue with the conversation about self-sufficiency, permaculture, community networking, and agorism. Permagora on steemit will now be the platform for all other content such as art, film, music, history, and urban photography. Steemit is a great platform that I have only recently learned to use, and I think it is a perfect fit for the content I will be channeling there. I hope that my readers who are interested in adventuring will continue to check out my photos and travel writing via steemit.
For Permagora.com, I plan to transition to more third-person-style reporting on topics of relevance to cultural transition. My intention is to create content that is less like a blog and more like traditional journalism. My style of writing has always been highly autobiographical, so it takes a bit of an effort for me to write as a disinterested outside party reporting on only the facts. I have always tried to bring to my readers the experience itself, taking them places with detailed narration of my own journey. This has its place but is limited in scope. It is now time for me to further develop the voice of Permagora as a philosophy, distinct from the voice of Eric McCool, the adventurer and writer.
So now begins a new chapter, one that has great promise. Much is happening in the world, and many energies are coming together at this critical time. It is a new chapter for all of humanity, as we walk away from bankrupt ideologies and institutions, turning instead to a plan of our own making for brighter future. So stay tuned as Permagora endeavors to keep up with all the great thinkers and doers of the new paradigm, keeping you in the loop as to what projects are happening where. Together we are moving forward.