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Holistic Decision Making, A step-by-step guide to writing your own Holistic Goal

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Hi Permies,

Many of you have probably heard of Allan Savory and Holistic Management. However it is almost impossible to find information online about HOW to actually apply Holistic Management, most people are forced to buy Allan's book. I am remedying that... I have written a step-by-step guide to writing your very own Holistic Goal which is almost as in-depth as the Holistic Management textbook, but much more accessible for the average person.


"“Holistic Management involves using a simple decision-making framework that ensures all significant management decisions are simultaneously economically, socially and environmentally sound both short and long term. No longer are decisions made toward objectives or goals alone, but always toward a new concept called the holistic context for any management situation. The holistic context provides the context for all objectives, goals or actions toward any vision or mission. This helps greatly in avoiding unintended consequences to our actions that are so universal that economists long ago used the term “Law of unintended consequences.””
-Allan Savory

The process works like this (in brief):
1. Figure out who your decision makers are, and make sure they are ALL involved in this process
2. Define your context, what you are managing.
3. Do some soul searching (I provide some quick, but effective, exercises for this part of the process)
4. Use the results of your soul searching to write yourself a personal mission statement (also called Quality Of Life Statement)
5. Based on that personal mission statement write a list of everything that must be produced in order to make the personal mission statement a reality.
6. Describe what the land, community, and people will need to be like far into the future in order to sustain the production described in step 5
7. Combine these things together to form your Holistic Goal
8. Start using it in real life.
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