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Crash on Demand, the discussion so far

Since the publication, David Holmgren’s essay “Crash on Demand” has generated a heated debate among the sustainability communities around the world. We try to keep up with the discussion in the cyber world as much as possible (but if we missed any other articles and blogposts, please let us know).  Below, we compile the list of articles and posts we have come across (so far) all worth reading, including most of the comments (last updated on May 15, 2015).

υγεία (mediterranean food) Permaculture, also on the grokking eagle.
Silvia Di Blasio (Mainstream Permaculture) Teaching permaculture: what is permaculture for.

David Pllard (how to save the world) How our narratives inform our hopes for change also on

Mary Logan (A prosperous way down) Fitting into nature–or not (see comments).

Norris Thomlinson (Farmer Scrub’s blog) Demand Crash! – a response to Holmgren’s “Crash on Demand”.

Chris McLeod Let’s talk about collapse.

Silvia Di Blasio (Living As If Others Really Mattered) Emphasizing the wrong “E”, Follow up on COD, and why it is worth continuing the discussion.

Dimitry Orlov (ClubOrlov) David Holmgren’s Crash on Demand also on

John Michael Greer (The Archdruid Report) A bargain with the Archdruid also on

Kevin O’Conner (C-Realm) Dirty Pool: A Response to Guy McPherson.

Joanne Poyourow (on Transition US) Economic descent, hopefully with skillful means also on and Collapse? Maybe not also on

Erik Lindberg (Transition Milwaukee) Agency on Demand? Holmgren, Hopkins and the historical problem of agency also on

Rob Hopkins (Transition Culture) Holmgren’s “Crash on Demand”: be careful what you wish for also on
His more recent piece Reflections on being a “cultural optimist” and a month of scaling up also  on

Jason Heppenstall (22 billion energy slaves) Stabbing the beast also on

David MacLeod (Integral Permaculture) Crash on Demand: David Holmgren updates his future scenarios also on
His later piece What is David Holmgren really telling us also on
His latest post David Holmgren: “I haven’t really changed my message” also on

Nicole Foss (the Automatic Earth) Crash on Demand? A response to David Holmgren.


Albert Bates (the Great Change) Charting Collapseniks also on
his update “recharting collapseniks.




Burger off Maccas

Permaculture activism is about creating the positive local alternatives to the control of our food by globalist corporations, because those alternatives are healthier, better for the environment and local economy, more democratic, and fairer to farmers.  As the co-originator of the permaculture concept, my life’s work has been committed to creating the world we do want, rather than focusing on fighting the world, we don’t want. I don’t often discuss publicly what is wrong in the world.  But when there is an issue that so strongly illustrates the divide between common sense of local communities and the dysfunctional globalist takeover of our democratic decision making, it is important to take a stand.

(An excerpt from the letter of support David writes for an anti McDonald’s campaign in Tecoma in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.)

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Zen and the art of motor (re)cycling

The Buchan Caves Reserve

The Buchan Caves Reserve

It is quite challenging for us techo retarded office types to get through the day without consulting our tech support crew. From “download” problems, to missing photo files, a whole year of lost emails, and the odd misplaced invoice. When we get stuck, who will we call?

In case you are wondering, the state of our tech structure is in a quite precarious state since our resident tech guy, Oliver Holmgren left for his motorcycle adventure up north. While he is on the road, he is keeping in touch through his blog Sunken Miles. Reading his report has been a treat for us with his renowned photographs and carefully chosen words. No wonder he calls his motorcycle Mawson (after an Australian antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson to whom Oliver is distantly related).

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Insects as food

The locust biscuit (insects as food) not served by Su but taken  from

The locust biscuit (insect as food) not served by Su but taken from

Su loves to see the reaction from tour participants as she explains the ingredients in her hot-out-of-the-oven cake served for either morning or afternoon tea; “Wheat, yes it’s commonly graded as chook wheat. Nothing wrong with it, just dusty, a bit of grit and odd insects. Good source of protein.” and thus the insects as romantic food conversation started: Continue Reading →