WE ALL KNOW this scenario: you have been called to a meeting and now you sit there, increasingly bored as the discussion wanders all over the place, becoming sidetracked and dominated by the loud and verbose. When it comes time to make a decision you find that nobody is ready because the wayward discussion has confused, misled and obfuscated the issue and that there is too little information.
Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
ACCORDING TO Dr Robert Gillman – a one-time astrophysicist with NASA turned community worker and, later, publisher of In Context magazine – there is a process by which new ideas move from the creative fringe of society into the conservative core.
PERMACULTURE SYDNEY EAST’s meeting of November 2009 took the form of a group consultation for the development of a permaculture interpretive garden at Randwick Community Centre.
PTD — Participatory Technology Development — is an approach that encourages farmers to try out new techniques, to monitor results and to make decisions about adopting new farming techniques.