Episode-1610- Toby Hemenway on Developing Self Sustaining Urban Communities
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Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011, was named by the Washington Post as one of the ten best gardening books of 2010, and for the last eight years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world.
Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues.
His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review, and American Gardener. He has contributed book chapters for WorldWatch Institute and to several publications on ecological design.
After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories including Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces.
A career change followed, and Toby and his wife, Kiel (key-ell), spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was the editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004, and spent six years developing urban sustainability resources there. Toby and his wife now live in Sebastopol, California.
Today he comes back to TSP to discuss urban permaculture, and his new book, “The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience” We will be talking about food, energy, water, shelter, building community, creating livelihoods, and how to use permaculture thinking to arrive at solutions for the challenges of life in towns and cities.
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Good episode. At the end of the day I think we just need as many individual leaders as possible. People who are going to step up, say what they believe, and why they do the things that they do, and begin to rally people who trend towards those directions.
In order to do that, you gotta make sure that you are as “fixed” as you can. (Being congruent, not emotional, focused on the end states). This could really be summed up using the Holistic Management Framework’s Holistic goal. If you can say the decisions you are making and are going to make trend towards your goal about what you believe in this world, people will rally around you towards that goal, if they believe it as well.