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I continue to be obsessed with world domination.

I am so psychotically arrogant, that I firmly believe that I am working on the answers for:

    - climate change

    - cancer

    - pollution

    - housing shortages

    - connecting people to garden spaces

    - peace (global and personal)

    - the sensation of general safety

    - conflict

I have documented solutions for this and more, and am perpetually frustrated to hear people say there is no solution and when I wave my stuff in their general direction, it gets waved off as "crazy" or "snake oil."  

So I keep trying.  

Funds are tight due to the expense of the new well.  But wow, it sure it nice to have ample water.

I am trying to get my youtube videos going again.  I will try to have a new video every other day.

We wrapped up the PTJ with a lot of fun stuff.  

Three new boots arrive later today.

We might start a new kickstarter in two or three weeks.  And we are working on maybe two or three more!

I think the VA project might still work (although it is not running as well as I had hoped).  This is where we pay people to find ways for the empire to make money.  Hopefully, the coin they bring in will, in time, be greater than they are paid.  A lovely way to give people a remote permaculture job.

I have done a few speaking gigs in some interesting places.  And I have been in several really cool interviews.



I just felt like saying something.  Lots of boring work.  


Overall, my strategy for world domination is the same as always:  keep creating new things - maybe one day one of these things will go viral and take all the rest of the stuff with it!

 
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Hey Paul! I feel like most of the permies I've talked to came to know of permaculture through an interest they had in one of the many mini-topics that make up the bigger ideas of permaculture. They learned a better way to reduce garden pests, or energy costs, or build a fence, etc.... and naturally, they fell into the whole dang world of permaculture. I hypothesize that most of these folks were already homestead, or self-sufficiency, or eco-oriented, which fit nicely with permaculture ideals. They were an easy sell, bu they may be a tiny percent of the population.

Perhaps a greater number of folks could be reached if we focused on the mini-topics, which overlap into more people's lives. Maybe more topics that fit into suburbia life, or something an apartment dweller can appreciate, or something any pet owner might like to know. Baby steps? Something that might be just one step up the eco-scale for the average Joe. You've done things like this already, with for example, toxin-free green lawns. Taking this idea a step further, we could partner with someone in the lawn-care or landscape world, and do a joint YouTube video, or blog post or whatever. We would gain interest from someone who might not ever have come to permaculture on their own.
 
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About a thousand times over the last fifteen years, I have thought "I need to do this in a better way. A smarter way. A more effective way." And every time i try it basically makes things .... less.  

In the meantime, answering questions, creating podcasts, creating youtube videos, doing kickstarters ....    doing the stuff that just feels good ...   feels cool ...  feels right ...    and everything grows.  


I am shocked ...   twisted ...  maybe even hurt ...  that there isn't a thousand times more interest in my books.  Or that there is not a thousand times more interest in rocket mass heaters.  Or that the bootcamp is not full.



The solutions to global problems are pretty simple.  And I share them as much as I am able.  And that seems to be as far as they get.  The end.



Somehow I thought that the better world book being sold by the dozen would mean that people would give away a dozen and then two of those people would get a dozen, and repeat ....   so that by now we would be selling a hundred dozen a week and we would be on the path to world domination!  I was wrong about that too.  Oh well - I tried.


I think I need to just keep doing what I do.  It is up to smarter/better people to connect this stuff to the masses.  
 
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Hmm. Ok. Challenge accepted. I got:

Better world book,
Rocket mass heaters,
Boot camp

I will ponder these more to see how smarty me can tell the masses.
How is the info graphic for RMH with Mud going? Do you guys need help with that?
I'm going to build a RMH this fall in my greenhouse and see how I can promote this to YouTube.
For the book, I would REALLY like to create an entertainment series focused in a fictional Gert. Like this one, based on Pride and Prejudice, but dramatized for YouTube: https://youtu.be/KisuGP2lcPs
What kind of permission would I need from you for a project like this? Since Gert is like your intellectual property, or whatever?
.... thinking about the boot camp....
 
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Instead of perpetual frustration at being 'waved off' as 'crazy snake oil' because of a bunch of demented Gollum clowns, you could be thankful you are not being 'burnt at the stake' for 'heresy' by a bunch of Roman Inquisitors.

That's not a threat,  just a glass-half-full joke.  Gratitude!

A friendly big-picture reminder: according to most big money powers and by extension their conditioned subjects (i.e. "masses"), if it's a solution where a working class cannot be maintained living hand to mouth in high population densities and thus kept dependent on externally controlled systems for their survival, it's not a solution.

Like how am I gonna get off lording over people if the masses go Gert?  

Not sayin, "wasted effort stop trying." Just that hobbits are hobbits, man is man, the dark lords are the dark lords and their clowns are stooges... Maybe brush up on Tolkien for slightly more sound expectations XD




 
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Hellooo,
72 bricks, I believe, is helpful. These have been introduced to friends for whom these are a challenge: they speak read French, with a little of ze English.
Be arrogant and obsessed and obsessive.
I fell into my external occupation because that is where I met my first rmh and fell in love with it.
I have since built one at home, whilst on crutches, me not home. Does that count as a little obsessed?

An action at a time, a day at a time, a brick at a time, a few words of old norman(the f word for instance) and we are all, maybe part of the brickwork.
If you are looking for praise or whatever, hmmm, but thank you for being there.
We are not alone.
Best go and check the mirabelle plum juice in the making
Blessings,
Her, Bionic Syrena

Ps I love most of the twisted tiny ad comments. I look forward to reading them, thank you
 
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Rebekah Harmon wrote:How is the info graphic for RMH with Mud going? Do you guys need help with that?



We definitely need help.  I think we are 70% of the way there.  For each row, we need to look up data and rough out numbers (with sources)

https://permies.com/wiki/204534/creating-heat-infographic

 
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For the book, I would REALLY like to create an entertainment series focused in a fictional Gert. Like this one, based on Pride and Prejudice, but dramatized for YouTube: https://youtu.be/KisuGP2lcPs Embed this video
What kind of permission would I need from you for a project like this? Since Gert is like your intellectual property, or whatever?



You have my permission.  It would be nice if you say something about the idea of "gert" coming from me.
 
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John Hutter wrote:Instead of perpetual frustration at being 'waved off' as 'crazy snake oil' because of a bunch of demented Gollum clowns, you could be thankful you are not being 'burnt at the stake' for 'heresy' by a bunch of Roman Inquisitors.

That's not a threat,  just a glass-half-full joke.  Gratitude!

A friendly big-picture reminder: according to most big money powers and by extension their conditioned subjects (i.e. "masses"), if it's a solution where a working class cannot be maintained living hand to mouth in high population densities and thus kept dependent on externally controlled systems for their survival, it's not a solution.

Like how am I gonna get off lording over people if the masses go Gert?  

Not sayin, "wasted effort stop trying." Just that hobbits are hobbits, man is man, the dark lords are the dark lords and their clowns are stooges... Maybe brush up on Tolkien for slightly more sound expectations XD



Burned: that is nice.

Gonna keep trying.  I just think I need to re-jiggle how I do my thang.  More "because that's the way i roll" and less "to reach more people."
 
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[quote=marie-helene kutek]If you are looking for praise or whatever[/quote]

Not sure what I am doing.  I felt like laying out a report.  I felt like I wasn't posting publicly enough here.  I felt like "why do I keep talking to crazy people on the bigger internet and NOT talking more with my own peeps?"
 
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It's been a year since the list and it's funny I should stumble on this thread as I've been thinking about all the things permies and paul has done this year, what we've learned,  and all the same struggles that never seem to resolve themselves.

The first post lists all the things that can be improved and solved with permaculture.  That is a solid list.

The world could do with more permaculture now more than ever.
 
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r ranson wrote: The world could do with more permaculture now more than ever.

 This could be the title of building a better world Volume 2.  The working title could be "the art, science and spirit of building a better world one back yard at a time"
 
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Still feeling the sting of the well.  

We also had a kickstarter do poorly.

And we had a failed PTJ ticket blitz.

And then the server became sad.

And good news:  people came by the hundreds and put money in the pot for a new server!  It turns out we're gonna get a REALLY good server!

This year's PTJ was the best ever!  Which kinda makes the sting of no PTJ next year a bit more sting.

We're in the middle of the SKIP event and I spent my saturday going to the appliance store to get a new, commercial oven.  Yes, we have a rocket oven, but ...

When I wrote this a year ago, I knew about my health stuff and I was wrestling with it.  I lost a lot of weight between then and now.  I lost a bit more in just the last few days.

We got a free truck!  Brand new!  And during the PTJ we transformed the ladder rack from doug (the old truck) to roy (the new truck).  It was an extreme transformation.

The well has made it so we have infinite water at basecamp.  Which has been very nice.  The fisher price house still runs on the old well, and three days into the PTJ, the cistern for the old well was empty!  So we switched the house over to the new well and ran on that.  


r ranson wrote:

The world could do with more permaculture now more than ever.


This could be the title of building a better world Volume 2.  The working title could be "the art, science and spirit of building a better world one back yard at a time"



I'm working on a new book with mud.  But I gotta say that I have concerns.  The amount of time poured into creating a book is rather massive.  And then when it is done, our audience buys it (yay!) and then sales are poor (oof).  So when the idea is to infect a million brains with permaculture, it feels a bit like we are infecting only the brains that we have already infected.  If sales of the books were strong, I would wanna do more on that front.  And I am baffled on how to do that.



World domination ...    I think we are ready.  We just need one thing to go viral and take all the rest of the stuff with it.  I need two things for that:

     - 7x support for my pwvids patreon.  This will make the production go faster.  We have content for 500 more vids

     - 7x interest in the bootcamp and sepper program.  People to throw their shoulder into the projects we are working on.  And if those get turned into vids, then one might go viral.


So, how do we build interest in the bootcamp and sepper programs?

    - 5x support for the BEL program.  Not only brings in boots, but gives us all more pics and vids to work with

    - themed weeks plus the ringer program (currently trying to get this up to speed)



 
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