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Chris Badgett
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I'm trying to explain what permaculture is in one sentence.

This is the best I've come up with:

Permaculture shows people how to improve their their lives and solve problems globally locally, and personally based on effective principles and processes found in nature.

I need to be able to quickly tell people who have never heard what permaculture is before what it's all about for our Online Permaculture Design Course Kickstarter Project.

Here's the link: http://kck.st/LNW6ar

How do you define permaculture to a newbie in one sentence?
 
Zach Muller
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Permaculture is a design methodology that focuses on sustainable practices and uses 12 principles to inform design decisions.

 
Chris Badgett
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Zach Muller wrote:Permaculture is a design methodology that focuses on sustainable practices and uses 12 principles to inform design decisions.



I like it Zach, but it still references 12 "unknown" principles which means it is still vague to new people.
 
Ludger Merkens
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If you are a designer, applying permaculture principles will lead you into a really sustainable living.
 
Walter McQuie
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Permaculture is a design methodology that focuses on sustainable practices and uses effective principles and processes found in nature to inform design decisions.
 
Charles Tarnard
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Design of any system that results in; less work, less waste, less damage, more yield, and more redundancy.

Or something like that.

Edited for minor addition.
 
Zach Muller
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Nice one Walter!
 
Walter McQuie
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Thanks Zach, but you (and Chris) deserve most of the credit.
 
Josh J.J. Jones
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My definition... "Permaculture is the act of being an ethical steward of our environment, by purposefully designing efficient ecosystems, while being compassionate to our neighbors."
 
kirk dillon
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Very similar thread with lots of ideas already discussed... Check it out

http://www.permies.com/t/8418/permaculture-design/permaculture-Elevator-Speech#236190
 
Abu Miftah
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Permaculture is the end of waste.
 
Dave Burton
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Permaculture is an integrative ecosocial design science intended to optimize the relationships between humans and their environments in a mutually beneficial manner.
 
John Wolfram
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My definition is:

Permaculture: A philosophy of reducing ongoing inputs.


The wikipedia definition for philosophy is currently "the study of general and fundamental problems" which seems to be of appropriate scope for permaculture. The words "reducing" is used instead of "eliminating" or "sustainable" as a recognition that permaculture is more of a process than a destination. It is also a recognition that nothing is sustainable and some inputs will always be needed. "Ongoing inputs" should not be confused with "initial inputs" or "start-up inputs" as permaculture systems often require substantial start-up inputs in order to decrease the ongoing inputs that regularly occur once a system has reached maturity.
 
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Permaculture is the rigorous and thorough application of informed common sense.

Think about it.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://richsoil.com/email
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