Episode-1879- Remembering Bill Mollison

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Today I am “calling and audible” and dedicating this show to Bill Mollison.  He is to date the greatest mentor I have that I have also never met.   Many are understandably sad at Bill’s passing, but I am less so.  In 2013 I spoke at length to his grandson and even that long ago the family knew Bill would not be here much longer.

His family had come to as peace with it as anyone contemplating the loss of a loved one can.  Bill is the reason I even know what Permaculture is, as its’ creator that is true of everyone, but for me it was this rough old man that made me see Permaculture as something beyond purple breathing hippy stuff.

Part of today’s episode is from Diego Footer’s Permaculture Voices Podcast where he reads a wonderful obituary for Bill, rather than redo that I thought I would just include it today.

This piece was actually written by Graham Bell, you can find the transcript here.

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15 Responses to Episode-1879- Remembering Bill Mollison

  1. Thank you for this. Bill did so much for the world and your tribute was spot on. Thanks Jack!

  2. What can I say but Awesome show and tribute Jack,
    Well done. Inspiring. Paul

  3. Thanks Jack. I can’t tell you how much you have changed my life. I found Permaculture through your show Years ago. Since then i sold my .25 acre in the burbs and bought 3 rural acres with massive potential. I’m starting my PDC in november. You do an excellent job passing on Bill Mollison’s teaching. You are moving the exact evolution that Bill was trying to start. Great show, I will be planting a Bill tree because of you.

  4. I wondered why nothing was mentioned on monday’s show. Now i know why. Great show today Jack.

  5. Great show, really enjoyed it, also the concept about how when a society approaces collapse it has more restrictive rules is encouraging to know, the EU where I live is infested with stupid rules with huge amounts of people employed just to enforce the rules, measure conformity levels to rules or fine people for not following rules. Hopefully the EU will collapse. Great concept about how moving to self sufficiency is peaceful insurrection which the bast***s find it hard to nail us on.

  6. Thank you for the show. I was not aware that Mr. Mollison had passed. May he rest in peace.

    On a side note, if you want to learn more about the aborigine songlines, read Bruce Chatwin , The Songlines.

  7. Great show Jack. I can’t think of a better closing song.

    #plantedforbill

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BK59nfjjWH9/

  8. Jack,

    I was wondering if you might consider doing a show about Mentors: What are they exactly, what can they do you you and how, what is the relationship worth to the mentor, and how do you find them? You say Bill was the best mentor you had and never had met. How does that work?

    I have listened to your podcast, Diego Footer’s podcast and some others for quite some time and I have yet (although I am sure they are there) come across any episode that is all about mentors and mentoring, at least in the context of urban farming, regen ag etc.

    If you have done one or know of a resource that has an in-depth view of mentoring in our context I would appreciate a link.

    Thanks and love the show.

    David

  9. I really enjoyed this show on Bill Mollison it was inspiring. From the videos I have seen and what I have heard other people say about Bill, I think you two would have really gotten along really well if you had gotten the chance to meet. I also did a post about Bill on my site. Please let me know what you think (I mentioned this episode).
    http://beyondsustainable.org/permaculture-stuff/bill-mollison-the-father-of-permaculture/

  10. What an amazing tribute for an amazing man!

    Bill’s legacy will live on forever probably. He very much changed the trajectory of humankind. Of course, he didn’t do it alone and permaculture thinking has not caught on to the entire human race yet, but to me, it’s pretty much inevitable that our species will evolve to live in a permaculture thinking based society.

    I also loved how you explained that Bill thought it was “seditious” to grow your own food. I have the same thoughts! If you can grow your own food (and obtain your own water) and thereby sustain your physical body by yourself, how can anyone really control or manipulate you?

    Again, great show and thanks for carrying Bill’s message forward and helping to change the world.

  11. …’Falling Food,’ not failing food. 😉
    Good Show.

  12. I find it strange reading all these comments about someone I knew well, in fact I was at University of Tasmania in 1975 – 1980 where Bill lectured in the Psychology department, and I got to know him well before he and David Holgrem wrote their first book in 1978 through the Psychology department for Environmental Psychology. I also went out with Bill’s daughter who tragically took her own life some years later.
    I have the original two books that they published and have loved the concept they espoused and brought into the mainstream of life.
    I’m sure Bill would look on this complicated world today and observe how it’s stumbling towards its own destruction and no one knows how or when it will occur but, occur it will as complex societies can only stand so many shocks before they collapse. With the worlds interconnectedness this collapse will trigger a world wide collapse. The type of trigger for the collapse is in many ways immaterial as the consequences will be the same whatever way you look at it. (people should read Jarad Diamonds books on collapse of societies) Tasmania University was the first place in the world to have a political green movement start which later became the ‘Greens’ political party in Australia and in Germany. For a number of years it was a hot bed of political activism and social awareness encompassing both right wing and left wing ideologies with the green environmental movement in between both of these ideologues. In 1975 the first department of Environmental Science was opened in the life sciences facility of the University, and I’m happy to say I was part of it. Bill Mollison was one of those giants you meet who helped shape peoples thinking and helped you on your own road of discovery.
    Go safely into the night my friend

  13. How do you make compressed air with water?