In order to be effective in my strategy work with corporates looking for future business models and with start-ups looking to scale ‘disruptive’ business models, I’m always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration. I’ve recently discovered one that brings together some of the core tools underpinning my work: systems thinking, design thinking, solution-orientation and biomimicry.
I’m talking about permaculture.
The unwieldy description from Wikipedia is: “a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems”.
I’m curious to figure out what this is beyond ‘intelligent gardening’!
Understanding permaculture will apparently give me a fresh way to look at both natural and social structures and perhaps some insight into how we can better design solutions towards creating a thriving and resilient society.
Louisa from 6heads, together with Louis Rutherford from the Gaia Gallery and Claude Oprea from Biomodd London and other very special people are hosting an Introduction to Permaculture Course in East-London on 26 and 27th September. It will be held at the inspirational Bow River Farm Project, a fledgling collective and hub of permaculture and creativity on the River Lea, opposite the Olympic Park in East London.
Want to join me in better understanding what this is all about? And, together with a super group of people explore what it could mean for us as individuals, organisations and change makers.
Places are very limited. Best you join soonish!
More here: Introduction to Permaculture with 6heads
“An economy that’s aligned with permaculture would be an economy in which the best business decision is the same as the best ecological decision.” – Charles Eisenstein, Inhabit, 2015