Episode-1304- Using Permaculture Principles to Analyze a Business

Today’s show may not sound very “survivaly” but frankly one of the biggest common disasters is actually some sort of personal financial failure.  Many times this eventually is traced back to a business failing.  Your boss has his business decline and cuts your salary or lays you off.  Or your own business flounders and you fail to earn enough money.

Today we discuss using permaculture principles to analyze a business and not really a “permacutlure business” I mean any business from software, to social media to selling tires.  Design is design and it really is that simple.

Another reason you may want to listen to this show is that I believe the process I will lay out today could easily be formalized into a more refined state and actually used as a consultancy tool.  The right person could take this model and simply make a living as a business consultant with it.  Lastly, one of my main tenets for modern survival is to set up your own business if you can, from one man perorations to the fortune 100, the process I lay out today will transform how you view business.

Join Me Today As I Discuss

  • The eight forms of capital (link)
    • Human
    • Cultural
    • Living
    • Financial
    • Material
    • Social
    • Spiritual
    • Intellectual
  • Define the edges of a business
    • Departmental edges
    • Marketing edges
    • Sales edges
    • Product creation edges
    • Customer service edges
    • Training edges

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13 Responses to Episode-1304- Using Permaculture Principles to Analyze a Business

  1. I have been wanting to hear a new episode on running a business now that I am in the process of starting one 🙂

  2. I vote for a name change. The Modern Survivaly Podcast. Great show!

  3. Thanks for this Jack! I’ve been thinking back to your previous ep which mentioned this, and I’m psyched to have a whole episode about it.

    Making a good living (including running a business well) is certainly survivaly.

  4. This is definitely a survival topic.

    I am currently in the process of rebuilding my business having lost everything because -as this episode reinforced to me – ‘I was an a$$ hole’.

    And I can tell anyone that going bust because I did not adhere to my own innate ethics whilst having a three kids under 4 WITHOUT A DOUBT impacted my families survival more than anything the government or the black helicopters or the zombies could have done.

    Permaculture is a fantastic filter to view all decisions through and this episode helps frame that process.

    • I definitely can see that.

      I have a friend who is a completely micro scale farmer who has 2 kids (under 4) and even though his wife stays at home….. yeah…….

      This is one reason why I’m trying to get some of these longer term systems going in place before we get down that road. I also would rather get going down that road sooner just so that we’re more…. young and vibrant to put up with the nonsense, rather than older. (But then again the older you are if you in a cushy position you might have more “Freedoms”).

  5. Thank you for an awesome episode!

    My husband works in IT as a consultant and he often speaks of the problems of “silo mentality” between departments. I can’t wait to share this podcast with him.

  6. Great episode Jack.
    show idea = marketing without selling your soul. you went over this a tiny bit in the primal power interview last week.
    I trust and respect your experience and would like your take on how to have ones business be “seen” wihtout the smokescreen of all these “guru’s” out there selling get rich quick crap.

  7. I didn’t think I was going to like this show as much as I did. You’re spot on with your analyst of edges and sales functions. As an executive at a Credit Union, I am one of those guys that go around and visit all staff. I listen to what they have to say and offer assistance in my field (IT).
    Good work, Jack !

  8. Could this be why it seems (to me) that IT people are more drawn to permaculture and survivalism than others? People in IT have to constantly assess their work for disaster recovery as well as for the user experience. We are always looking for ways to streamline processes and get the business involved.

  9. Jack –
    Excellent show. I’m probably going to listen this a couple more times. Your comment regarding employees not being excited about working at a place rings true. An employer in my area has a reputation for turnover and the spiritual capital is absolutely decimated there . . . just like you said, no one is ever really excited to say they work there. It’s a sad thing to see.

    I’m taking a lot of this to heart for the day that I’m able to set out my own shingle. Thank you for this show!

  10. Jack, This episode really struck a cord. I have some ideas for implementing the tenets you spoke of in my current job. **Background** I fight wildland fire for the Forest Service and would like to implement permaculture principles, and improve the service I provide to taxpayers at the level I can influence. Do you, or any members, have thoughts in regards to dealing with federal level Gov. Any suggestions would be appreciated and thanks for the community.

  11. Jack,

    Thanks for the inspiration and ideas. I’m six months into a huge four year project. This episode supports a lot of why/how I do what I do and gives me great ideas do how to lead the project and extract value from all involved. Thanks for the help on my sprint to the finish line.