I LOVE this idea... not to differentiate in the negative, but to better understand where someone is coming from in a more positive, how-do-we-communicate-more-effectively kinda way. I believe permaculture is the kind of subject everyone sees through filters we bring to the table when we learn it. What I hear in many comments regarding 'purple' heavy events is that people mildly (or greatly) resent being pressured into approaching perma through a specific filter. "Purple" participants will in turn complain that sepia-tone brown events have no heart and lose the feel of perma. Blue's have no idea why they are even bothering with such small scale and whites and greens are finding it difficult to sit still when there's exploration to be done
But truly, if I have two tickets to the flower and garden show I want to find the lavenders in my Rolodex. Mormon estate sale with mass food storage equipment? Bring on the black. Disaster relief to be done... again reds and blacks are first on that list... one to teach the other to distribute.
Considering we design with different plants when we learn to appreciate their attributes, why should we treat people in a community any differently? I think this is actually a beautiful way of clustering peoples preferred skill sets and world views into a multi-talented well rounded permie juggernaut...... OR we could just sit around and continue to debate who's filter color is 'right'
yukkuri kame wrote:Why stop at purple:
Purple - we all intuitively know what this means
Brown - ? ill defined in my mind, except in opposition to purple
Green - ecotopians, would rather be foraging in zone 5 than figuring out how to feed the urban billions
Blue - businessmen like Gunter Pauli, author of the "blue economy" that are trying to bring systems design up to economy of scale
Red - feel entitled to distribute the fair share on behalf of those who are obtaining a yield
Black - Doomers, Peak Oilers
Lavender - Nice ladies that like to dabble in the garden, who are happy as long as it blooms pretty and attracts butterflies.
White - mycophiles who got a vision of permaculture when communing with the 'shrooms
I imagine there are as many colors of permaculture as there are permies. To me, classifying into purple and brown is unnecessarily polarizing, though perhaps appropriately thought provoking.
What happened to integrate rather than segregate? What if purple were a weed in your system? What would you do with it? I presume the preponderance of purple has a purpose and a place in permaculture. My ability to obtain a yield from purple is limited by imagination and the amount of information I have about it.