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In this presentation, David Holmgren draws on a lifelong passion for ethnobotanical knowledge and practise to tell stories that celebrate abundance and diversity, pushing the boundaries of social and, at times, legal norms. His true stories cut paths through the psychosocial wilderness towards a relocalised ethnobotany of the everyday to sustain us in the shadow of failing techno industrial civilisation.
On Monday July 11, David presented a keynote address for the International Society for the Systems Sciences. One of David’s mentors, H.T. Odum, was a past president.
Climate change and peak oil demand we change our behaviour, organise our households and reshape our communities and landscapes for greater self reliance and resilience. The threat of bushfire provides the immediate context for application of these changes that will be more effective and empowering than top down centralised responses to disaster management. With this presentation David Holmgren shows how the permaculture strategies of self reliance and resilience make our communities and landscapes safer and more productive. Presentation available to watch, discussion paper available for download.