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David MacLeod
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When operating his 10 year experiment with the Permaculture educational center, The Permaforest Trust, Tim Winton discovered the biggest problems were not with developing technologies or strategies on the land and in buildings, but rather with the systems of human interactions - "how the people in the project interacted to form a 'system' that could support these technologies and strategies."

He found that "people's cultural values dictated, to a significant extent, the patterns of organization they aligned with: that is, people tended to identify with patterns that they found culturally meaningful." He also found that natural patterns offered a solution - each pattern representing different perspectives, and patterns that could be translated into principles - a sustainability pattern language.

My latest blog post, which has been reposted at both Resilience.org and PeakOil.com is titled PatternDynamics: Following the Way Nature Organizes Itself to Deal with Complexity.
http://integralpermaculture.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/patterndynamics-following-the-way-nature-organizes-itself-to-deal-with-complexity/

PatternDynamics was developed by Permaculture educator Tim Winton (from Australia - Permaforest Trust Education Centre), who is coming once again to Bellingham, WA and I am hosting a PatternDynamics One Day Workshop on Sunday, Jan. 26th. Please forward to those you think might be interested, and let me know if you have any questions. Email miles58@yahoo.com.

The new PatternDynamics website has a very short 4 minute video that is a good, simple intro: http://www.patterndynamics.net/

You can download a free copy of the PatternDynamics Workshop Workbook at this link:
http://pd1.kajabi.com/sq/34828-workbook-download

Check out the article from the link at the top of the page, and find out more info about the workshop, and register here (registration must be done online):http://bit.ly/1euifHR

Winton's interest in the patterns found in nature began years ago when he read Christopher Alexander as he was studying architecture. It came more alive when he took Mollison's course in 1994.

More links to Winton articles here: http://www.permies.com/t/21196/cascadia/Tim-Winton-Australia-Articles-Local

Info on the Bellingham workshop below.

Best Regards,

David

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"As I was about half way through the PatternDynamics workshop in Vancouver I sat back and thought to myself, “I wish I had done this a few years ago.” I was just finishing a four year collective experiment with a website called Beams and Struts, which I co-created with seven others. I could see so much of our experience as we went through the core seven patterns, and being able to recognize these dimensions while partaking in the project would have been very helpful."
- Trevor Malkinson, co-founder, Beams and Struts

"I am so delighted to have received instruction in the Vancouver workshop from the Pattern Dynamics Language creator himself – and can recommend his integrally-informed teaching style to anyone trying to understand how organizations as living systems speak a pattern language that reveals their energy, functionality, and their evolutionary wellbeing."
- Dr. Marilyn Hamilton, founder of Integral City Meshworks, Inc.

"I would characterize Tim as a very smooth, expert, and calm workshop leader, and someone who sincerely and proactively invites co-creative feedback to help elaborate, modify and evolve these ideas… I want to emphasize Tim’s skill at co-creating with us, in the Bellingham workshop, a palpable and valuable “field” of what I would call collective intelligence and caring!"
- Rev. Alia Aurami, PhD., helps world-improving organizations and groups enhance their natural intelligences so they can do more with less.




1 Day Workshop with Tim Winton
Sunday, January 26th, 8:30am – 5:00pm
At RE Sources Sustainable Living Center
2309 Meridian Street in Bellingham (above the RE Store)
Standard Ticket $139 / Final Ticket $179
More info and registration at Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/1euifHR

Bellingham Workshop Co-Sponsored By Transition Watcom,
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and Whatcom Folk School

Make a deeper difference–CHANGE THE SYSTEM!
In our complex world tactical, often isolated, initiatives have to be just the beginning. To get the kind of traction required today we must integrate our initiatives into creative strategies that allow us to change the system itself. Change at the systems level starts with learning to collectively think about our social and organisational environments more effectively.

PatternDynamics™ is the first systems thinking tool designed for purpose-driven collaboration.
Learn the principles of systems change and facilitate the collective intelligence to do it.
http://www.patterndynamics.net/
http://www.patterndynamics.com.au
 
Adam Klaus
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Family Farms for the WIN

New structures of social organization are interesting experiments. That is all.
 
Gioia De Amanti
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Thank you for the excellent introduction to your ideas!
Very interesting and well made workbook!
I especially like the matrix tying the whole concept together
into something logically derivable.

I am sorry I can't make it to your workshop,
but will certainly read through your book
and try if I can recognize it in and apply to our reality.

Thanks again for making this thought provoking resource available.

Best wishes for your courses!

Gioia.
 
R Scott
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Adam Klaus wrote:Family Farms for the WIN


You forgot your other quote to go with it
Adam Klaus wrote: "Family farms work when the whole family works the farm."
 
David MacLeod
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I appreciate the comments - thanks!

FYI, the price has been reduced for the workshop in Bellingham on Jan. 26, 2014. Ticket price is now just $99! Now is the time to register.
More info and registration at Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/1euifHR
 
David MacLeod
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We're covering PatternDynamics at the Inspiration Farm PDC (Northwest WA) in August. Learn more from this thread (which includes a post on PatternDynamics): http://www.permies.com/t/35357/cascadia/PDC-Inspiration-Farm-August#292374
 
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