In an interesting inversion of the usual podcast formula, this time Paul is sat down and interviewed by the Local Leaders of the 21st Century Club of Pleasanton, California.
Who are you and what are you about:
Paul was always bonkers about gardening, and when someone told him about permaculture and he read up about it, it turned out that it had a lot of stuff in it that Paul thought he had invented, and more. He went to a big environmental event and tried interviewing people on what the best thing to do for the event and was highly dissatisfied with the number of people that just responded with “die”. Surely a good gardener working with nature can make it sing?
He’s had about a dozen old folks come up to him and ask him to send someone worthy over so they can will their land to them. “Worthy” as in “won’t just sell it or allow a strip mall to be built on it” and actually do some good on it. So he started his SKIP programme.
Who is Sepp Holzer, and why is he important?
They met in ~2009 and quickly became BFFs, Sepp does the things that Paul always talks about doing and on a large scale. He grows an immense amount of food without irrigation or fertilization, gone to places where people are starving and made systems that grows food like weeds, and proven that a growing population can be fed on the land that’s already farmed.
Other questions presented to Paul:
How would you recommend really saving energy?
What is “’poo-less hair”? And is it good enough to remove chlorine from swimming pools?
Are there any other examples of ways of improving our lives while being more sustainable?
Where do you get inspiration for your projects, and who do you talk to to get more ideas?
Dr. Hugh Gill Kultur
Eivind W. Bjørkavåg
Suleiman, Karrie, and Sasquatch
Jocelyn Campbell Wade Luger
havokeachday Bill Erickson
Julia Winter, world's slowest mosaic artist
G Cooper Penny McLoughlin
Polly Jayne Smyth
This was awesome, really got a kick out of hearing Mr. Wheaton "disrupt" some dominant thinking had in Pleasantville and youth Internets.
I think a word that was about on the tip of the tongue is "polymath." Seems like a good one, for Leonardo and people who tend to take the highly fragmented and often mutually dysfunctional bunches of human analytical thinking, and reintegrate them into something that works all together. Holistic, if you will. There's a bit about how all human specializations of knowledge "increase narrow-mindedness" to some unknown degree (The word from The Tibetan Yoga of Dream and Sleep, in apparent praise of polymaths)
I hear you are pro-pizza. Luxuriant pizza probably shouldn't be consumed very often. I hope this doesn't make me anti-pizza.