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the monthlyish i sent out today

I'm Paul Wheaton.  I'm the founder of permies.com and Wheaton Labs.  Since 1994 I've been trying to persuade millions of people to try a life with less toxic gick - in an effort to make a better world for all of us.

With your help, I am having some small success.

I started by sharing free articles and helping people, one at a time, via email.  Then offered free forums and other free resources. Every year, more and more ... eventually I tried to push ideas into commercial space - and you all helped me with that too.

I am compelled to do more and infect more brains.

The key to reaching a thousand times more people than we have so far, and making a REAL difference, is to create examples and then take pictures/video.

I need electricians, plumbers and folks that are just handy. And folks willing to have a go at being handy. I need builders and people that want to MAKE things better.  To try.  Together.

Bringing a big group of people together to try is what leads to change.  

Please help me try.  



A guy wants to see all this happen. We had a long chat and he is triple-emphatic that we need to build more and accomplish more physical things.  More, more, more.  Try, try, try.  Prove more, demonstrate more ...  more innovations.  More people, more trying.  And he put his money where his mouth is.  

For the next few days, he will pay for half of every PTJ (Permaculture Technology Jamboree) ticket - including those already purchased. The idea is for the PTJ event to be full in the next few days.

He also wants the bootcamp to be full in the next few days.  He has added a bunch of money to the bootcamp BRK, plus a bunch of additional money to the boot youtube fund.

More about the PTJ and bootcamp subsidies here:



The bit that I wrote that might have led to this monthly-ish ...  I'm trying to figure out a way to solve global problems.  Trying more.  Trying a lot.  Trying conventional things and trying creative things ...   If you can read this, it will help me try even more ...

  https://permies.com/t/178433



For the PTJ, you can read more about the event here.  The current ticket price is $1650 - which includes 12 tracks of simultaneous builds and all the instructors to pull that off.  I think $1650 is damn cheap for two full weeks of that.  To get that ticket for $825 click here (offer is now over).  As long as there are tickets, this link will work.

For the bootcamp, he has added to the BRK bringing the BRK up to $4000! More about the BRK here.  He has also added to the youtube fund, so that a boot can make $400 to $500 per video.  Possibly more than a thousand dollars every saturday.  More about the youtube video thing here.  More about the bootcamp here and here.


This is a great place to ask questions and get things sorted.  
 
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Now that I think about it ...   I hope that others will add to the BRK for the bootcamp.

And for people like this guy that is subsidizing, simply buying some past stuff helps

  https://permies.com/w/paul-wheaton

Or just some PIE

  https://permies.com/wiki/pie

Or maybe my video patreon thing

   https://www.patreon.com/pwvids

Or maybe start with the direct donation thing

  https://permies.com/t/131224/donating-empire

this guy, however, started with hiring me as a consultant from time to time for some other projects

  https://permies.com/t/131485/permaculture-consultation-paul-wheaton

 
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I get all your emails and read the forum avidly, unfortunately I'm also unable to make it there physically.  The tracks in the PTJ look fantastic and I would love to learn how to accomplish most of them, is there a way to film the PTJ and sell it afterwards?
 
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For the PTJ, you can read more about the event here.  The current ticket price is $1650 - which includes 12 tracks of simultaneous builds and all the instructors to pull that off.  I think $1650 is damn cheap for two full weeks of that.  To get that ticket for $825 click here.  As long as there are tickets, this link will work.

Paul, the $825 ticket link is jacked...goes to an error message.  I'm assuming it's not because the tickets are sold out as the regular ticket sales for it still seem to be working.

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K. Hanner wrote:For the PTJ, you can read more about the event here.  The current ticket price is $1650 - which includes 12 tracks of simultaneous builds and all the instructors to pull that off.  I think $1650 is damn cheap for two full weeks of that.  To get that ticket for $825 click here.  As long as there are tickets, this link will work.

Paul, the $825 ticket link is jacked...goes to an error message.  I'm assuming it's not because the tickets are sold out as the regular ticket sales for it still seem to be working.

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Good catch!  I typed that freehand and clearly botched the link.  Now fixed!  Apples and PIE for you!

 
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Wow, how generous of this donor!

    I am not in a logistical or financial position to take advantage of this, but maybe one day! I am in tech school right now becoming an HVAC technician, so I'm trying to learn to be handy (it involves a little electrical, a little plumbing, a tiny bit of metal work, a little bit of physics knowledge). I wish I had the time, money, and energy to become an engineer, but I don't. I've pretty much concluded that the only real way forward with permaculture is to figure out how to teach the fundamentals in a modular, building-blocks sort of way, finance, and cooperate. The biggest obstacles I see are lack of knowledge or fluency in the knowledge; lack of time; lack of manpower; and lack of access to materials.

Teaching/education:

-Give people templates that naturally fit together to build systems, like "if you want a two story natural building, and don't have much clay in your area, and you want a rocket stove heater and solar for most of your power, here are templates for each of those that you can plug together into a dwelling." Also give them the fundamental theoretical lenses to help them see how to creatively problem solve when such modular pieces don't fit.

-I think having some engineers meet with some permaculture pioneers and cutting edgers could yield a possible bachelors and masters degree in Permaculture Engineering at actual universities. They would become licensed professional engineers. It would be a mix of civil, hydrology, geotechnical, mechanical, and agricultural engineering. It would need to include soil foodweb science and basic botany. Perhaps there could be a Minor or Focus as part of the degree that homes in on one of those.

-Extremely efficient, excellently designed and filmed videos that show how to complete a project, start to finish. Make it modular, make it editable for future corrections or iterations, and make it dang clear and to-the-point. Could have a playlist, or collection of playlists, that shows how to build a whole compressed earth brick house, or rocket stove heating system for that house, or...on and on the options go!

-Plans. Blue prints. Schematics. Basically the Permaculture world's version of "building codes." I think New Mexico has earthen dwelling building codes, which is akin to what I'm talking about. Building codes are essentially engineers' recipe/cook book that they have handed down to the technicians. The Permaculture world needs the same.

Financing:

-Like this generous donor sees, there is incredible human capital out there to develop and further permaculture, but that human capital doesn't have the $$ capital to ignite the development. It's going to take sustainable investment and innovative business models to get things going. We have to think beyond "how do I pay my bills? I know, I'll have a workshop that teaches people some skills they never really use or that leaves their project fizzling out." We need to think, "how do I pay my bills, and set in motion a culture, paradigm, nation, economy-shifting movement?" I wonder if co-op structures like this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwwq3ujkfkU - could play a role in Permaculture businesses?

Cooperating:

-This is what permies.com is all about, I think. We are helping each other. It's not just for money. It's for...happiness, love, betterment, accomplishment, health, social connection, and other things I can't think of right now. Yes, we have to pay bills and eat and stay cozy in harsh weather, but it's more than that. Somehow, when we share and cooperate - even if that cooperation were to involve the swapping of money or goods for goods and services - we are bettering everything. It's by cooperating that we can accomplish so, so much more than we can alone. Homesteading by your lonesome can be quite lonely. But living in a community, even with it's pains and obstacles, isn't usually as lonely. Permaculture endeavors done alone are kind of lonely. Permaculture endeavors done together, pooling and collective our knowledge and resources, well, that can accomplish a whole lot more!

-Like Paul said, do more projects, accomplish more, and share the results and how to do it, too. Yes!
 
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Makyla Deleo wrote:I get all your emails and read the forum avidly, unfortunately I'm also unable to make it there physically.  The tracks in the PTJ look fantastic and I would love to learn how to accomplish most of them, is there a way to film the PTJ and sell it afterwards?



Filming the PTJ is an interesting idea, but it doesn't get us to build more, do more, experiment more.  
 
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R. Beaty wrote:Wow, how generous of this donor!
-I think having some engineers meet with some permaculture pioneers and cutting edgers could yield a possible bachelors and masters degree in Permaculture Engineering at actual universities. They would become licensed professional engineers. It would be a mix of civil, hydrology, geotechnical, mechanical, and agricultural engineering. It would need to include soil foodweb science and basic botany. Perhaps there could be a Minor or Focus as part of the degree that homes in on one of those.

-Plans. Blue prints. Schematics. Basically the Permaculture world's version of "building codes." I think New Mexico has earthen dwelling building codes, which is akin to what I'm talking about. Building codes are essentially engineers' recipe/cook book that they have handed down to the technicians. The Permaculture world needs the same.


Love this! ...
There is a EU financed project going on right now, where a Permaculture Module has been implemented and taught, as a pilot, for 1 year now in a few European universities.
Not sure if they had engineers collaborating, but it sounds like a good start.
Also, PC education has got into the Australian the vocational education system TAFE
 
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R. Beaty wrote:
-Give people templates that naturally fit together to build systems ...



Started a thread over here:

https://permies.com/t/178689/Permieable-TinyHome-Skids

To lay out an example of a module or template of a "launchpad on skids" ... not sure how closely it aligns with your ideas, but it's a start ... with the launchpad in place, one can then build out a TinyHome, a shed, pitch a tent, etc. Getting close to what you envisioned?
 
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Are all the Jamboree tickets sold for the $825? My internet is being wonky so wasn’t sure if the link was actually out or not.
 
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Sorry Kathleen, that offer ended more than a week ago.  If you want to buy a ticket to the PTJ there are still tickets available:  https://wheaton-labs.com/permaculture-tech/
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Sorry Kathleen, that offer ended more than a week ago.  If you want to buy a ticket to the PTJ there are still tickets available:  https://wheaton-labs.com/permaculture-tech/



Ok, thank you for your prompt response. Apparently I did not understand there was a time limit. I had to get some things sold to come up with the money. It was an incredibly generous offer, please tell the benefactor thank you, it’s so incredible when people do such amazing things. So even though I was not able to benefit from their generosity I’d like them to know it was truly one of those miraculous blessings for those that were able too.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Sorry Kathleen, that offer ended more than a week ago.  If you want to buy a ticket to the PTJ there are still tickets available:  https://wheaton-labs.com/permaculture-tech/



Ok, thank you for your prompt response. Apparently I did not understand there was a time limit. I had to get some things sold to come up with the money. It was an incredibly generous offer, please tell the benefactor thank you, it’s so incredible when people do such amazing things. So even though I was not able to benefit from their generosity I’d like them to know it was truly one of those miraculous blessings for those that were able too.



Kathleen,

An odd thing is that people do massive kind things and rarely hear any thanks.  They just keep doing huge kind things.  

So I thought it would be nice to let the benefactor know of your kind words.  He immediately sent over half the coin for a ticket.  I will email you a special link for the other half.

 
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Also Paul, how long before the Jamboree will you be selling tickets? If I can save up the rest I’d still like to try to make it there for it.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Sorry Kathleen, that offer ended more than a week ago.  If you want to buy a ticket to the PTJ there are still tickets available:  https://wheaton-labs.com/permaculture-tech/



Ok, thank you for your prompt response. Apparently I did not understand there was a time limit. I had to get some things sold to come up with the money. It was an incredibly generous offer, please tell the benefactor thank you, it’s so incredible when people do such amazing things. So even though I was not able to benefit from their generosity I’d like them to know it was truly one of those miraculous blessings for those that were able too.



Kathleen,

An odd thing is that people do massive kind things and rarely hear any thanks.  They just keep doing huge kind things.  

So I thought it would be nice to let the benefactor know of your kind words.  He immediately sent over half the coin for a ticket.  I will email you a special link for the other half.





Oh my gosh, please tell them thank you. I have no words. 🥹😭❤️🥰
 
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Kathleen Nelson wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:

Kathleen Nelson wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:Sorry Kathleen, that offer ended more than a week ago.  If you want to buy a ticket to the PTJ there are still tickets available:  https://wheaton-labs.com/permaculture-tech/



Ok, thank you for your prompt response. Apparently I did not understand there was a time limit. I had to get some things sold to come up with the money. It was an incredibly generous offer, please tell the benefactor thank you, it’s so incredible when people do such amazing things. So even though I was not able to benefit from their generosity I’d like them to know it was truly one of those miraculous blessings for those that were able too.



Kathleen,

An odd thing is that people do massive kind things and rarely hear any thanks.  They just keep doing huge kind things.  

So I thought it would be nice to let the benefactor know of your kind words.  He immediately sent over half the coin for a ticket.  I will email you a special link for the other half.





Oh my gosh, please tell them thank you. I have no words. 🥹😭❤️🥰



omg, this is so wonderful.  
 
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Jt Lamb wrote:

R. Beaty wrote:
-Give people templates that naturally fit together to build systems ...



Started a thread over here:

https://permies.com/t/178689/Permieable-TinyHome-Skids

To lay out an example of a module or template of a "launchpad on skids" ... not sure how closely it aligns with your ideas, but it's a start ... with the launchpad in place, one can then build out a TinyHome, a shed, pitch a tent, etc. Getting close to what you envisioned?



This is a beginning to what I was thinking! Something modular that could be used in various "plug and play," Lego-like configurations. The Lego-like is somewhat literal, especially for buildings; but also metaphorical in that some modules will not "plug" so easily, rather they a more "woven" into an overall system design. For example, how to "plug" chinampas into an overall permaculture neighborhood in a more urban area? It would have to be "woven" in. However, taking someone from the ground up, taking them step-by-step through how to make a chinampa is like giving them one Lego piece. Then teaching them about how to build a water-catchment system is another Lego. How to wire up a pump is another Lego. These Lego pieces, these modular units, can then be utilized to build a system.

Codes could be written, step-by-step videos showing exactly how to build these things can be made, then code books and video libraries can be assembled as a kind of engineering recipe book.
 
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Jt Lamb wrote:

R. Beaty wrote:
-Give people templates that naturally fit together to build systems ...



Started a thread over here:

https://permies.com/t/178689/Permieable-TinyHome-Skids

To lay out an example of a module or template of a "launchpad on skids" ... not sure how closely it aligns with your ideas, but it's a start ... with the launchpad in place, one can then build out a TinyHome, a shed, pitch a tent, etc. Getting close to what you envisioned?



This is good, thanks for sharing!

This guy here is also onto something very much like what I'm talking about with templates and modules: https://www.opensourceecology.org/about-overview/
 
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R. Beaty wrote:

Jt Lamb wrote:

R. Beaty wrote:
-Give people templates that naturally fit together to build systems ...



Started a thread over here:

https://permies.com/t/178689/Permieable-TinyHome-Skids

To lay out an example of a module or template of a "launchpad on skids" ... not sure how closely it aligns with your ideas, but it's a start ... with the launchpad in place, one can then build out a TinyHome, a shed, pitch a tent, etc. Getting close to what you envisioned?



This is a beginning to what I was thinking! Something modular that could be used in various "plug and play," Lego-like configurations. The Lego-like is somewhat literal, especially for buildings; but also metaphorical in that some modules will not "plug" so easily, rather they a more "woven" into an overall system design. For example, how to "plug" chinampas into an overall permaculture neighborhood in a more urban area? It would have to be "woven" in. However, taking someone from the ground up, taking them step-by-step through how to make a chinampa is like giving them one Lego piece. Then teaching them about how to build a water-catchment system is another Lego. How to wire up a pump is another Lego. These Lego pieces, these modular units, can then be utilized to build a system.

Codes could be written, step-by-step videos showing exactly how to build these things can be made, then code books and video libraries can be assembled as a kind of engineering recipe book.



R. Beaty I like this idea. What if people also had more opportunities for hands on like Paul is doing. I know I’m a learn by doing kind of gal. What if one module was becoming part of a network with Paul and inviting people to help you build up your property as you had helped someone else build up theirs. Like an old fashioned barn raising. It would give people some experience for their own property, but being a part of a network means more people have opportunities closer. I’d love to be in a network like this once we get on our property.
 
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What if one module was becoming part of a network with Paul and inviting people to help you build up your property as you had helped someone else build up theirs. Like an old fashioned barn raising. It would give people some experience for their own property, but being a part of a network means more people have opportunities closer. I’d love to be in a network like this once we get on our property.



A relational module that opens you up to live, in-person, synergistic problem solving, mentoring, and OTJ training ! I love it! Yes!
 
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