Building a new world in the shell of the old

Normally we’d be promoting a course like this on our side project, The Estuary Alternative However, there are good reasons why we’re promoting it on here as well…

As the title of this piece suggests, amongst other attributes, this course has an element of building a new world in the shell of the old. It’s all very well knowing what we’re against – we also need to be able to articulate what kind of world we’re aiming for…

If we can’t articulate a vision of what we want society to be like and how people can relate to each other on a more equal and respectful basis, then we might as well pack it in now. Unless people are convinced that there’s a better way of living, they will put up with what we have rather than fight for something better.

This is why we are interested in this course because it’s about offering an alternative way of doing things. It’s about empowering people to act collectively to start to bring about change now. It’s about getting the building blocks in place for the new world before the dystopian one we’re currently enduring collapses. It is about building a bridge to a better future for all of us and the planet we live on…

Details on how to book a place on this course can be found here:…/creating-positive-revolution/


What is ‘Liberation Permaculture’

Is permaculture about re-creating Eden or about changing the world in every way, even politically? Graham Burnett and Nicole Vosper make the case for a politically engaged, ‘liberation permaculture’ –

This is from two people we have a lot of respect for making the case for a permaculture that will bring about fundamental social change as opposed to one that’s simply a lifestyle choice made by people who want to opt out of the modern world but who have no real interest in changing it. It’s an old piece but one that’s probably even more relevant now than when it was written, given the narrative of change coming from an individual altering their lifestyle as opposed to more politically conscious collective endeavours that seek to not only challenge but overthrow the system. It’s about siding with the oppressed and showing solidarity for their struggles for liberation as opposed to a lifestyle change that simply makes you feel good but does sod all to overthrow a system that is moving well beyond it’s use by date.