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Rebecca Holman
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I thot I would start the threads off by having a different thread to encapsulate each segment. Hope that is most efficient. Since there are so many videos in each segment, seemed like this would be the most efficient. Let me know if there is a more efficient and effective way to organize this.

So much info..where does one start the discussion?

Intro Videos
Housekeeping Before You Start
Excerpt from Permaculture Design DVD and Course Notes for the Introduction -pdf.
1.Human past, present and future. Permaculture design philosophy. Holistic thinking.
2.Key problems: Soil erosion, Deforestation, Pollution.
3.Ethics of Permaculture – Earth care, People care, Return of surplus
4.Definitions of Permaculture. Sustainability Outcomes. History of Permaculture.
5.Permanent Culture. Urban Permaculture. Permaculture Repair.
6.Permaculture Aid Work. The PRI Master Plan.
7.Permaculture in Society.
8.Permaculture as an Holistic Design.
9.Introduction Classroom Q&A
10.Conclusion to the Introduction to Permaculture

Also the free videos
Surviving the Coming Crises
Absolute in Abundance
Property Purchase Check List
5 Acre Abundance on a Budget
Urban Permaculture: The Micro Space
Cold Climate Permaculture
Feeding Chickens Without Grain
Reforesting with Goats
Power of Bamboo
How to Make a Food Forest Suburb
Rooftop Farm
Perennial Abundance
The Perfect Permaculture Fish Pond
Desert Oasis
Cold Climate Future
Reversing Desertification with Gabions
Community Gardens
Cell Grazing
Introduction to Earthworks Course
chicken tractor on Steroids
Lessons from the Rustbelt
 
Mike Leo
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2013 certified alum here. Feel free all of you to PM me with questions here or on the course site directly ( User name LEOS.MIKE there).
 
Jamie Wallace
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Good idea Rebecca...I'm also signed up for this years online course...
 
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The bad part of this is that Geoff and/or staff wont be looking here to answer your questions and that's part of what you are paying for. OTOH, last year those forums were not terribly user friendly. I asked lots of questions because I couldn't easily find if they were already posted or answered.
 
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Yeah I don't think that has changed CJ.

Seems to be pretty much the same interaction infrastructure.

With that said, I've been running all over trying to get answers out there and link things together for folks. When I find a second I think I will suggest to them a way for users to hide basic comments and just filter for questions and answers. That may help because I think folks don't want to read 14 pages of comments to see if their burning question has already been answered lol.
 
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I expect that the online course will have some challenges which are hard to avoid. The huge advantage for me is that :
a) I currently run a landscape design/ project management/ Rainwater harvesting business so committing two weeks to a traditional course is almost impossible.
b) My wife and I live with my aging parents ( 94 & 82). Although they are very healthy my dad has had numerous mini strokes and has fallen a few times this year so leaving home even for a day is a challenge.
I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to gain a PDC in my spare time, my wife and business partner is going to take this in 2015 if it is still offered. The videos so far have been of very high quality and I'm enjoying the classroom approach with Geoff using a white board and marker. Cj Verde I hear you...questions will be a tricky one.
 
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Cj Verde wrote:The bad part of this is that Geoff and/or staff wont be looking here to answer your questions and that's part of what you are paying for. OTOH, last year those forums were not terribly user friendly. I asked lots of questions because I couldn't easily find if they were already posted or answered.


My one and only issue with this course was/is the forum format. I find it extremely awkward, with the newest replies going to the last page instead of immediately under the OP. I did not participate much for that reason. Otherwise I can't say enough good things about the course, it was amazing and really, how cool is it for Geoff to invite us alumni back at no added expense?!
 
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First of all - the excitement around this course is contagious! I'm glad people are having a great time. I LOOOVED this course last year when I took it - I think I could have powered a 60 watt bulb for a month I had so many "AHA!" moments

I believe the online platform Geoff is using is a VPN (virtual personal network) called Kijabi. I've taken a number of online courses on this platform and the complaints about it are similar to those addressed above. Other than forwarding these suggestions to the software company, I doubt that Geoff has too much control over these things. However, there are some new features that have been turned on since last year - like the ability to message an individual.

Kudos to all of us for taking this course - I cannot even imagine what a huge impact this course will make in the world!
 
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One reason I started our thread here is sort of two fold.

1. We can help each other since there is NO better forum in the world for Permies
2. We can invite people we friend over there - over HERE for discussion and also introduce them to this FORUM for their on going needs

I think that Geoff has set it up the best way he can since WordPress (Drupal, HTML, not sure what it is coded in) unthreaded comments has never been an optimal way to capture questions. He does have that plugin that does allow you to post as a question, comment answer or suggestion, and he also, allows you to even search via a keyword for Posts and users.

Sadly however the amount of people that know or even understand to tag their comments like that will start out low. One must hope that over time they will learn to flag their comments appropriately.

Still, our Permies forum rocks and all those PDC people need to eventually find their way here..so that our Permaculture Brain trust continues to grow and support those that desire to keep learning and hopefully applying what is learned.
 
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wow..i have tried to comment on some of the over 2000 comments in the intro..it is both gratifying to see how much diversity there is..in people backgrounds, zones, and desires and goals...on the down side..navigating through all 200 plus pages is a bit of a nightmare...
 
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Quite right Rebecca... it is a bit onerous navigating the pages of comments.
It appears to me that there could be close to 1500 students?
I am very excited and ready to absorb all that comes my way.
 
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so there are some interesting forums in there, one that will help people with software.. what software do any of the veterens recommend for doing the final project? I was looking at Realtime Landscaping Plus 2013 which you can download a free trail and use it, and the output has a watermark on it.

What are other people thinking of using or have used?
 
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Lots of threads on permies about software:
https://www.google.com/search?q=permies+design+software&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb
 
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I ended up using Powerpoint!
 
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Regarding software I would keep it simple. In my other life I'm a landscape designer and learning new software is a long term objective.
I use Vectorworks Landmark which would take the average person at least a year to master. Google Sketchup is a very powerful 3D software, but it will take you 3-4 months...
I get a bit concerned when I read on some of the Online PDC forum about people diving into some form of new software...I think the course content will be taking most of our energies.
Rebecca I think your plan of using Powerpoint is a good one. Keep it simple....
I also read that a few veterans submitted hand drawn designs that they described as 'Kindergarten Like'...they passed.
The point was not so much the presentation but the content of their designs.
 
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Thanks for the insights about the software issues...haha I love the Kindergarten Like concept cause more than likely that will describe my first attempts, but you have to crawl before you walk before you run.

I wanted to share this video I saw today as it resonated with me and I felt that it also aligned with the first video Geoff has done titled - Human past, present and future. Permaculture design philosophy. Holistic thinking.

This incredible short film shares an Indigenous Native American Prophecy that links all of life and the future of our planet. it was posted in 2009, but resonates even more now, than ever for me. Enjoy

 
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Per Rebecca's invitation, I am posting the 'overview' videos I have been doing on my YouTube channel here on her weekly chains about the course.

I've had a YouTube channel for a few years and I knew that I would be too busy with the PDC to record most of my usual YouTube videos, so I decided I would do these overviews for the purpose of:

1) Getting the PDC info deeper embedded in my skull
2) Spread the concepts of Permaculture to more people
3) As a precursor to our own PDC far down the line.

I hope you enjoy:

 
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Thanks Jared, these are great, and I appreciate your candor in the films.
 
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I was very moved by this newest video, and also found it informative . looking at a swale system with zero maintenance after it was put in 80 years ago.

This answers the important question many people will have, What's the long-term benefit of all this stuff? what's the long-term effect? how much does it really do if you realy don't maintain it? ("what's the catch?").

Also think it's totally awesome that permaculture now has a soundtrack.


http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/73485-an-oasis-in-the-american-desert?r=y
 
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Here are my notes from the course. I bought the DVDs in 2013. Almost done with patterns! I'll post all my notes, eventually. Hope they help.

1 - Introduction


1.1 - Human Past, Present & Future; Permaculture Design Philosophy; Holistic Thinking

This course will explain how to use knowledge of living systems to design a brighter future. Humanity currently depletes finite resources to facilitate its growth, which is patently unsustainable.

A properly working living system is evidenced by its becoming more and more complex. That seems to be life's path.

The top predator in the Amazon is the jaguar. A mating pair needs about 35,000 hectares (135 square miles) of intact jungle to thrive. Humans are the top predator on the planet, but we don't behave as such any more. The environment will continue to malfunction until we unify our purpose. In 2013 we are the most damaging element on the planet, unable to keep it together.


1.2 - Key Problems: Soil Erosion, Removal of Ecosystems (e.g. deforestation), Pollution

Permaculture is based on positivism and is oriented toward solutions.

It's possible to create soil on a small scale in a garden, but to do so on a large scale requires partnership with an ecosystem.

Ecosystems moderate climate. As ecosystems break down, climate becomes more volatile; an undesirable feedback loop.


1.3 - Ethics of Permaculture: Earth Care, People Care, Return of Surplus

Permaculture is about science and ethics. It's a design science. Objectivity is key.

To quip that there are too many people on the planet when assessing our situation is beside the point. Wealthy humans tend to be less fertile, stressed humans more fertile. This is known as the biological effect.


1.4 - Definitions of Permaculture; Sustainability Outcomes; History of Permaculture

Permaculture leads to sustainability. Conditions are sustainable when they produce positive net energy.


1.5 - Permanent Culture; Urban Permaculture; Permaculture Repair

The Loess Plateau, 35,000 square kilometers in China, was completely rehabilitated in 10 years from near desert at a cost of $500M. It became more productive, using only 40% of the land that was previously used for agriculture. In a nutshell, open grazing was halted, dams were installed at all appropriate points in the valleys, ridges and slopes over 20% were reforested with native trees, gentler slopes were reforested with timber and crop bearing trees and crops were planted on flat land and terraces with a 2% drain.


1.6 - Permaculture Aid Work; The PRI Master Plan

A lot of aid goes to specific singular things, like a well or providing medicine. That is changing. Geoff advocates establishing demonstration sites with an education center where people can network. Results are achievable within the 3-5 years typically allotted aid projects.

Good, enjoyable work is time expansive. Our brains are wired to remember satisfying (and traumatic) events more vividly than humdrum. Thus, doing what you love literally leads to a fuller life.


1.7 - Permaculture in Society

Australia is the oldest, flattest, driest continent. It's been affected less than any other by ice ages, and is consequently very biodiverse.

With trade, information sharing and a growing list of domesticated plants and animals comes increasing opportunity for abundance and leisure.

"It's not all bad news if you know how to design the good news solution system!"


1.8 - Permaculture As An Holistic Design


QnA 1.1

There are 600 year old composting toilets with a 4 story drop in Yemen!


QnA 1.2

A complex system stores more energy. That storage and redundancy of functionality creates resilience and lends stability.

After receiving a PDC certificate I could teach the course as an itinerant and award certificates of my own design. To use an organizing bodies' certificates I would need to satisfy their criteria, which varies.


QnA 1.3
 
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