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am i an innovator?

 
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I think I am.  

Grey asked me to watch a documentary the other day.  About a guy building community.  I was a little hyper focused on "what did he invent?"  - which might have been a bit unfair.    

And then I directed the question to myself.  What did I invent?

So I kinda felt the urge to make a list.

Before permaculture:

  BananaCom (#1 com software in 1995)
  CodeRanch.com (I won three jolt awards)
  predecessor to google earth (only mine could task the space craft to take pics)
 
After permaculture:

  pebble style rocket mass heaters
  willow feeder
  wheaton eco scale
  skip/pep
  wofati
  heat bubble
  permies.com
  i made movies about rocket mass heaters and gardening
  Building a Better World book
  permaculture playing cards

stuff i didn't invent, but have a lot of ... uh ... obnoxious variant opinions

  permaculture
  hugelkultur
  light bulbs
  energy conservation
  raising chickens


... huh ...  i thought the list would be bigger ...


 
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Good list and it would appear that you are indeed an innovator.

I would love to have had access to the Google Earth predecessor!
 
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Don’t sell yourself short! Those might be your legacy innovations, but what about the hundreds of times you’ve done something with no research and then later discover it was a thing . . . (This is possibly more common amongst people born before widespread internet usage, smart phones and youtube.) Actually, I bet there are times when you deliberately go out and do something new and don’t research just to see what you discover. Well, at least that’s what I do which accounts for me spending way too much time, and sometimes failing, BB’s. I think innovation is a fundamental human skill, sure the woman who invented the flint axe was an extraordinary innovator but so where the people who then used that axe for a hundred different things.

I just watched ‘The Billion Dollar Code’ . . . A mixture of fact and fiction about a German company suing google for stealing their code which became the engine to run Google earth . . .
 
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maybe rolly shelves count in there somewhere
 
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My satellite tasking predecessor to google earth - 1999



Define an area of interest and look at all the pretty pictures

 

and here is bananacom

 
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bootcamp?

 
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more like ideas than innovations

husp
the story of gert
independent/consnsus/dictator hybrid
the permaculture click
forage gardening

??

 
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Yes! I am reminded of your "Increasing the Velocity of Permaculture" Keynote at Permaculture Voices. I feel there are about three ways a person can go when they are an innovator:

1. A person does a cool thing and everyone says it is wrong or will not work. Then they stop and never try again.

2. A person does a cool thing and is ground down by the negativity of other. Then they stop talking to other people about what they are doing.

3. A person does a cool thing and tells people than give them negativity to f*** off. Then goes on to show that it works and other want to learn how to do the cool thing, adding awesomeness.
 
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Hey Paul,

You are an innovator but do not sell yourself short your also a catalyst!

You got your pat on the back now go do more!
 
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