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I'd be happier if I didn't write this stuff!

For years my father--who is a really great guy--has been telling me that I'd be a happier person if I didn't write about all the converging threats bearing down on the human race. Turns out he's right!

Sustainability vs. Resilience

Resilience thinking is a complement to sustainability, not a substitute.

The End of Sustainability

The time has come for us to collectively reexamine — and ultimately move past — the concept of sustainability.

Sustainability, Resilience and Adaptability as Guiding Principles

An important part of many worldviews are key words that embody guiding principles. Freedom, liberty and justice represent three such words in the US, and in this post I’d like to explore a few that act as guiding principles in more limited contexts: sustainability, resilience and …

Kamikaze Culture

Modern society celebrates the suicidal consumption and despoilment of the earth by the rich, which will also kill countless others outside their ranks. As a society, we must learn to despise such acts.

The Global Energy Market’s Moment of Truth

Sustainability is not good for many businesses – in fact it means they’ll have to go out of business. This is what sustainability at its core is all about – things that are unsustainable will stop.

Keeping local communities alive

Globalization is a doomed venture in the face of more and more expensive energy costs, unfortunately before it falls apart it may destroy the local communities which will be the base of any alternative arrangements. 

Sustainability Sucks

Framing a project or a business as "sustainable" no longer serves us.  The dominant use of the word has ceased to mean what some of us orginally intended and, in fact, the term has been co-opted and watered down in many cases.  Labelling something "sustainable" may …

The man who ate himself: An agricultural fable

The beetle sighed. "This is all something you once knew, I think. It is something all beings have known from the beginning of time...It is a pity, this forgetting of yours."

What permaculture isn’t — and is

Permaculture is notoriously hard to define.

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