Joel Hollingsworth wrote:
A healthy method of backward problem solving, which I've always loved to see in action and which is characteristic of permaculture, is to take one of the given conditions that you currently regard as a problem in need of a solution, and re-imagine it as a solution in need of a problem.
Working backward from a solution that truly is in need of application, people often find that it connects to some other problem or problems in the system they are considering.
barefooter wrote: As I understand it, this is the basis of permaculture. The problem I have is that permaculture seems to now encompase a multitude of techniques. I think these techniques are often thought of as permaculture and people find themselves in a backwards problem solving process, where they are trying to apply permaculture techniques to the site, rather than analyzing the climate, soil, etc. and designing the optimal sustainable agriculture solution.
Permaculture does promote things like observation.It is a language of those trying to reconect to place .It isnt as easy to think outside the box AND implement said relizations.The techniques are great inspiration but I also believe they should be secondary to an actuall relationship with a landscape that involves compromise.
That is, trying to fit a technique or tool to a problem, rather than analyzing the problem and deciding on the optimal way to solve it. This is problematic because it creates less than optimal solutions. However, it is a very common pattern people get into, probably often without realizing it.
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