23 November 2015

Decolonizing Permaculture: Bridging the Gap Between Privilege and Oppression

This content has been moved to https://www.patreon.com/posts/decolonizing-gap-13955748

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

A very honest and vulnerable piece. Much needed insight into the work we all need to do together to practice people care! Thank you HJF!

Bryce Ruddock said...

Read this editorial just this morning in the Permaculture Design current issue. As a male Permaculture writer and teacher it gave me cause to re evaluate my approach to just how what I say meshes with what I want to say. So often men just do not get it. I have striven for years to get it right and my partner helps by telling me when I fall short of the mark (often). Back in the early 1970s our anti war group was based on both racial, sexual preference,and gender acceptance and equality. Did we do it right? Probably not but we all gave it our best try for the time. Your writings and those of the other authors in the magazine issue are setting a goal that we males need to reach in order for common efforts of everyone in Permaculture may be reached.

permaramblings said...

Thanks for writing this. You raise some very important points. If we do not live the future we want to find, if we do not wholeheartedly embrace people care and fair shares, we are not living up to the permaculture dream.
Good luck to you in all you do. And thank you again.

FreePlay said...

This piece was a rallying cry against cynicism and apathy and for compassion and action. You're work has inspired me for years and I hope to see more permaculture leaders and orgs take on a more critical analysis of their own, thank you for kickstarting the dialog.

Zora Ignjatovic said...

absolutely timely and meaningful for me and, more than ever, for the humanity at large. problems of distribution, love and respect for life in all our forms and shapes, living the dreamed reality by doing what we can do, now. opening for other perspectives and harmonizing the life manifestations.I am so grateful for this article and also for the book, inspiration and guidance for many years. keeps me sane, often. I am not alone, we are together-and it is growing.

Merritt Paulo said...

I like it

Luckymortal said...

Thanks for sharing your perspective. Since I, as a white dude, have the privilege to not think about this if I don't want to, I want to admit that my knee-jerk reaction is often: "I don't need to read about social justice work INSTEAD of Permaculture!" I mean, I'm a self-appointed ally and Intersectional Feminist man who was doing social justice activism before I was doing Permaculture!

Clearly, that doesn't mean my conditioned reactions can't still be epically clueless sometimes. Probably a lot of the time, to be honest. For us white men, we need to accept that overcoming the internalized assumptions of a standard American upbringing isn't something you can just "figure out" and be done with. Just because we're doing awesome Permaculture doesn't mean we don't have to work on sharing our power.

This isn't something to work on INSTEAD of Permaculture, as my white male gut reaction implies, it IS Permaculture, the most vital cutting edge of advanced Permaculture work being done. Thanks for doing it!

Also, I'd like to promote this essay by Permaculture designer Rachelle Yeaman, on her experiences in the Michgan Permaculture community: http://lilliehouse.blogspot.com/2015/12/spiritual-abundance.html?showComment=1450280671714#c6979410371522568822