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Paul calls up Ash Jackson, Ashley Cottonwood, and Jen Richardson to talk about what he calls “The Click”.  The Click can be described as the sound made by the switch in one’s head as permaculture ideas turn from “cool” and filed alongside the new Thai restaurant, or that car, and instead the ideas click together and you realise that you’ve been living your life backwards.  And now you are hard-wired to do a 180 and live your life the right way.  For Paul, the Click happened over 5 seconds, but for Ashley it was closer to a year due to her resisting it under the belief that it couldn’t be that easy.  All agree though, that the 180 was very sudden and total.

For all the good that the Click can bring, they all agree that not having it can be a good thing, as they’re all joyfully suffering from it.  None of them would go back and un-click themselves even if they could, although they should probably point out that that it has the potential to be a relationship killer, particularly if the partner doesn’t ever experience the Click.

Something that is common, if not universal, to people that have just had the Click is a sense of frustration about their situation.  Paul realised that he couldn’t do what he needed to on his 80 acres and couldn’t afford the land he did need, Ash still isn’t living in a town with no cars that can feed itself, Ashley was in a trailer park trying to raise chickens, and none of them had the manpower to do what they wanted to in their lifetime.  Also, people tend to think they’re all crazy.

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I was just listening through these podcasts and Ash's mention of wanting towns without cars that feed themselves reminded me of a website and book I'd read in depth a long while back. While the design probably doesn't take permaculture into mind, and I don't recall how close it comes to feeding itself, the ideas and plans at Carfree Cities are probably a lot closer to his goals than almost any current towns or cites, and might be a good rough draft in that direction.
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My click started with raising meat for a dog that was allergic to standard dog food. I discovered podcasts and then found Paul. Within about 5 episodes, I knew this was something I had to do. I’ve been forced to keep it under control, but I also am carefully dragging my partner into her version of the click.
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I absolutely experienced The click about 8 weeks ago when I stumbled upon the building a better world 72 bricks seminar on YouTube while researching intentional communities. I visited two intentional communities and saw exactly what they were running into. They were basically paralyzed by inaction because nobody could agree on the right way to do things. And this inaction had created stagnation and dissolution.

I saw that Paul really had found a path through the Tangled wilderness of problems that beset people who are trying to build better world hrough permaculture.

The amount of action action action that it takes has been grasped by Paul and the fact that he can corral energies on a line toward this goal is just fantastic.

After a few more videos I closed my counseling and business consulting practice to move to my 8 acres in Northern California full time and start learning as much as I can from permies.com and the podcasts.

I just finished another hugel bed while listening to this podcast.

I have about 10 realizations about my life in the future per podcast and see that my energies are better spent helping people in this movement than spending my time creating richer, slightly less stressed people who are currently living in, feeding , and who will die in...  the machine.


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