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- Bolton Urban Growers series - food inclusivity
this piece follows the work of Bolton Urban Growers who are attempting to get people in social and council housing to grow their own resources
- How to Pickle Rat tail Radish pods
how to pickle rat tail radish pods, preserving food in times of price rises and scarcity
- Gardening Wednesday: Jobs for autumn
Gardening Wednesday is Our weekly look at gardening where we share tips and practices.
- community self reliance: the end of Employment?
this piece looks at community self reliance and the end of employment
- Industrial civilization: The return to barbarism
this experimental piece throws up some ideas about Civilizations and what they represent in a modern context
- MAJOR NEW DEVELOPMENT: New Online Newspaper on website
Permanent Culture Now launches online newspapers reporting the best from the web regarding the commons, permaculture, transition and loads of other stuff.
- Gardening Wednesday - share your knowledge and skills to build greater food resiliance
this piece is to promote gardening skills and tip sharing and will run every Wednesday, please get involved!
- Permaculture allotment plot – lessons learned
this brief piece takes a look at a developing permaculture allotment plot in the second year full year of its change from being a bog standard organic seasonal veg plot.
- Community food growing groups: Bolton urban growers
a short piece explaining the work that Bolton Urban growers do as a means of working towards a localised and sustainable future.
- Urban Permaculture series: creating resilient small scale Cities for the future
this piece explores the idea and practice of urban permaculture as a means of helping to bring about a permanent culture based on sound ecology and abundance.
- Urban Permaculture garden
Our garden comprises of dozens of varieties of perennial and annual flowers, we grow our own hops that we turn into ale and our own grapes that are made into wine, we also keep chickens that provide us with eggs, manure and good company. The bit of the garden thats closest to the back door houses all manner of edible and medicinal herbs and salad leaves.
- Film: Bristol Green Capital Changing the World
Film of Changing the world talk from Bristol Green Week, see how companies in Bristol are developing new technologies and ways of doing things, some interesting debates were had on how they fit in with social justice issues.
- Film: Beyond (Party) Politics - Bristol Green Week
What next for politics in the UK? Is the South West leading the way? Local politics in Frome was transformed last year when a group of Independents took over their council, watch this talk from Bristol Green Week to find out more.
- Film: Beyond (Eco) Campaigning - Bristol Green Week
Does Eco campaigning work todya and what do we need to do today to move towards a better world, these are some of issues discussed in this talk from Bristol Green Week 2013.
- Film: Energised communities - energy efficiency and renewable generation (research findings)
What is community energy, how can we reduce our reliance on energy through efficiency and renewables, this whole set of talks looks at these topics from a range of viewpoints based on academic research, essential viewing for those interested in localised energy production and usage.
- Film: ‘Libres’: Songs of the Spanish Revolution (Pilar Lopez)
Pilar Lopez’s songs and poetry performances about the Spanish Social Revolution of 1936 brings to life the spirit of these times and there links to today's struggles in Spain, sit back and be inspired by these great songs.
- Film: Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Race, Class and Gender in the 60′s U.S.
Hillbilly nationalists were a white radical movement in the US in the 1960's and formed part of a coalition with Black panthers amongst others, find out more about this movement in this talk.
- Film: Poor Man’s Heaven: the Land of Cokaygne and other utopian visions
In the face of a life defined by exploitation and suffering, the poor of the Middle Ages dreamed up a fantastical land of Cokaygne where their sufferings were reversed; where people lived in idleness and plenty and the rich were barred. Watch this talk to find out more.
- Film: Running down Whitehall with a black flag: memories of anarchism in the 1960′s
Di Parkin was a revolutionary activist from the early 1960′s to the 1980′s, hear her story of involvement with syndicalist movements and members of Durutti amongst others.
- Urban oasis
my garden is my place for leaving my troubles behind. when we first planned the garden we started with three raised beds, then after we acquired 2 allotment decided to grow mainly flowers and some perennial vegetables, three years ago we completely re designed the garden loosely copying the design of a pendant I wear depicting the eye of Horus, i love tall flowers like foxgloves and lupins so there are plenty of them we have two vines, hops and clematis growing up arches made from wood we coppiced from a patch of scrap land, we have kept chickens for the last 5 years, at the moment we only have two hens but have kept up to 4 at any one time and do plan to get more, at the bottom of my garden I very successfully grow hellebore and during the summer have a magnificent thistle that attracts 100s of bees, there is also a large patch of wild garlic that is thriving, There is no grass in my garden every inch apart from the patio is crammed with all sorts of plants. My proudest achievement is that I grew 100's of foxgloves form seeds I collect myself
- Film: Three minutes to midnight: the women’s anti-nuclear protest at Greenham Common
In this talk hear how the Greenham common women's movement against the nuclear arms race developed and campaigned for a peaceful world.
- Stony Run Farm
We have raised most of our own food for forty years. Twenty at Stony Run. We have gradually shifted from "traditional" row crops with fertilizer to a no-dig polyculture a la permaculture principles. Spring crops do well here, summer crops are more of a struggle. The season sometimes ends abruptly before the winter squash are ready. Our best achievement is the poultry moat and letting the poultry into the garden in winter -- holds down the slugs and snails and other pest eggs.
- Film: British armed forces’ strikes and mutinies in 1918-19: a radical history project for the anniversary of World War I
BRHG’s very own Roger Ball will kick off the afternoon with the conveniently forgotten history of…
- Precious Water
this piece briefly looks at some of the issues surrounding our water supply the most vital of human resources, cheers' Steve
- Films of Bristol Radical History Zone talks at 2013 Anarchist Bookfair
Find out about Armed forces strikes in World War 1, The Greenham Common Women's Movement, Hillbilly Nationalists, The Land of Cokaygne, Spanish Civil war songs and Anarcho Syndicalists in the 1960s, in these talks filmed at 2013 Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Radical History Zone, hosted by Bristol Radical History Group.
- Refuse and Redesign part 2 - They piss in their own drinking water
this is the second in the 'Refuse and redesign' series that looks at how we negotiate working towards a fairer and ecologically sensitive world, cheers Steve
- Lawn Gone Horwich
A 1996 urban 3 bed, plus loft conversion, semi detached house. After attending a Permaculture course in 2011 I decided to make the front lawn the start of a Permacuture project for the whole house. Lawn Gone is an example of how a not very good front lawn can be made into a productive and beautiful garden. The most successful grops are herbs, I have managed to dry and store my own herbs since 2012 - Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemay & Sage. I also use Rosemary, Calendula and Lavender in soap making. The garden is a haven for bees and birds and also I spend much more time out there than I used to so get the opportunity to speak to my neighbours more often. I have to weed every few weeks as the grass still wants to grow and I have to let some weeds stay put as the beds are mounded without support it can lead to soil erosion. The weeds help to stop this. It looks a bit bare in winter and I may try to introduce some evergreen plants but come late spring & summer it's stunning! Started to learn how to propogate cuttings from my plants so that I don't have to buy replacements, hope to sell a few herbs locally. See more http://www.transitionlinks.org/?p=1160
- The Community Garden Movement in Philadelphia
this is a guest piece from one of our friends Stephen Gerard a gardener and resident of Philadelphia who covers the community garden movement in Philly, cheers' Steve
- Food not Tennis Courts - Project update
this is the second in the series of pieces following the development of our urban permaculture project, cheers Steve
- Lost Boys Acre
We are a small urban farm serving five families. We have just shy of one acre of land and have experimented with many different types of gardening to maximize production for our environment. We have also planted a micro-orchard that is just coming to fruit this years. We do garden tours and provide educational opportunities to children and adults in gardening methods, composting and backyard chicken keeping. We hold several open houses each year in an attempt to build community and connect like-minded people in our area. I have been veg. gardening my whole life and can't imagine not doing it. It makes me heart-sick to see that people don't know where their food comes from or how it is grown. I am very saddened that some in our neighborhood think that this practice is only done by second-class people and don't want it to 'bring down their property values'. We will continue to fight for garden freedom!
- Community and The Fallowfield Secret Garden
this is the second piece about the Fallowfield secret garden by Gavin Pate, a friend of permanent culture now
- Film: Vertical Gardening
Check out this great little film of Rick's Vertical Gardening experiments in Bolton, shows what you can do in a limited space.
- Refuse and redesign - part 1
this piece is the first in a series that explores permaculture as a developing way of living and thinking and looks at different aspects of how we think about permaculture
- Inspiring Projects
We would love to know about your projects and what you and share them with the world. Please fill…
- How to be secure online - Tech Tools for Activism
With the not really surprising news that governments are tracking all our online activity, its time to get a bit more savvy with your online security and one of the best places to get informed is the great tech tools for activism website.
- Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal
Why we need to accept the apocalypse and learn to live with it and through it, if we are to build a new world, argues Robert Jensen
- A Marxist History of the World in 45 Minutes - Film
In this talk, A Marxist History of the World: from Neanderthals to Neoliberals, archaeologist and historian Neil Faulkner argues that history is open and contested. It is an active process of creation in which different futures are possible.
- Individual action
this piece explores the actions we take as individuals as we move towards the creation of more ecologically and people centred world, cheers Steve
- Secrets and Spies: Police and Corporate Spying on Activists
This talk by Eveline Lubbers, shines a light on corporate and police spying on activists includes topical revelations from the Economic League's blacklisting of trade unionists, to the McLibel case to the high-profile exposure of police spy Mark Kennedy.
- A common peoples history of the UK part 6: Communities built by working people
In part 6 of the of the history of the commonsmovements, find out about the inspiring Chartists movements and their relevance for a permanent culture today.
- What does work mean to you?
this piece looks at the idea of work and we can change it for the better of ourselves and community
- No place for capitalism in ecology movement
this piece briefly explores profiteering from ecology and skills based workshops
- Community building in the age of individualism: what makes communities tick?
this piece in the series looks at what makes communities tick and brings them together
- Thousands across the UK to learn sustainable skills thanks to success of new scheme
this piece looks at the Sustainable skills share scheme Greeniversity which is now being launched by groups in more than 25 cities and towns across the UK, cheers Steve
- Inspiring community – Daisy Dell community action group
This piece looks at how communities can take action in their local areas, particularly in areas of economic exclusion
- Community building in the age of individualism: part 1
this series explores community building as a valuable response to Neoliberalism
- Film: ‘The Short Hot Summer’: The August Riots in the UK, 2011 & Rebellion in Tottenham
Want to know what the real story of the 2011 riots was, then watch this talk on the riots based on hard facts, also features rebellion in Tottenham film by reel news - Mike
- The end of the old paradigm and shifts in cautiousness
this piece explores the idea of shifting paradigms and asks us to exercise caution in the fight we engaged in.
- Film: The Fight Against Blacklisting
Talk about blacklisting: Politicians and employers like to portray the blacklisting of trade union members for their health & safety activities as a thing of the past. That does not correspond with the reality of life for those who continue to stick their neck out to protect themselves, their workmates and the public.
- A Short History of Enclosure in Britain - Simon Fairlie The Land Magazine
The history of enclosure in Britain, essential for understanding land ownership in the present, from Simon Fairlie of the great Land Magazine.
- The Anarchist Library
The anarchist Library is a great online resource of anarchist articles and books that give a great overview of anarchist thought and practice.
- Solutions to Credit Crisis and Essential Articles to read
A follow up guest post from our good friend Alan on potential solutions to the credit crisis and his top links to read on these issues. Essential reading.
- Interview with Anarchist Stuart Christie
Interview with Stuart Christie, author of My Granny Made Me An Anarchist and other books, about his views on the anarchist struggle, defining anarchism and ways forward and in the tradition of libertarian socialism/anarchism.
- A common peoples history of the UK part 5: Villages of co-operation
Find out how the cooperative movement develop, find out about Robert Owen and his New Lanark communities and the relevance the cooperative movement has for us to day.
- 5. Self reliance for everyone - Go for it! - Self reliance essentials
Can the idea of Self reliant communities offer us an alternative to capitalism and the fossil fuel economy?
- Food not Tennis courts – the dairy of a community garden developing
This is the first piece in a series following the development of a community food growing project on a disused tennis court site in Bolton
- 4. Skills for community self reliance - Self reliance essentials
This piece takes a brief look at the skills that we would need to bring about community self reliance
- 3. Land access - Self reliance essentials
This piece in the series looks at the different ways to acquire land for your community self reliance project
- Film: Introduction to Radical History - Bristol Radical History Group
Bristol Radical History Group do history in a different way, watch this film to see why peoples history is important, why a women's football team became ranters and why they hate bailiffs. Filmed at Cloudcuckooland festival 2012
- 2. Sustainable healthy seedstock - Self reliance essentials
Seeds are really important for developing a self reliant community, read this to find out more.
- One million gardens can save the world, show us yours :)
Do you grow food in your garden, then you could be one of the one million gardens that could feed the world, show the world your garden, connect with other gardeners and be part of the permanent culture now project :)
- Permaculture, Queerness & Feminism
This article is a conversation between queer permaculture practitioners and community organisers, Nicole Vosper and Annie-Rose London, communicating across continents about gender, sexuality and design.
- 1. Structures for community self reliance - Self reliance essentials
This second piece in the series on self reliance looks at some of the organizational structures that can be applied to form fair and cohesive working groups
- The re-emergence of Horticultural communities
Fossil fuel based agriculture is struggling to feed the world, as community gardeners and local food growing projects grow exponentially
- Part 2 – How to grow potatoes
in this piece we get down to the business of planting potatoes
- Introduction to self reliance essentials
This is the first piece in a series that looks at community self reliance and how we can bring this about
- How to make a low carbon outdoor kitchen for free
How to build an outdoor low impact kitchen using rocket stoves and cob
- A common peoples history of the UK part 4: The people’s farm
Find out why Thomas Spence, Mary Wollenscroft, Thomas Paine and William Blake are so important to our struggles today.
- At what point do we claim self defence?
This piece looks at when and if there is a likely to be mass social unrest in the UK due to the prevailing Neoliberal ideology.
- Part 1 - All about potatoes
this first piece in the series looks at potatoes, where do they come from? and why are they so popular?
- 4. Occupy permaculture series: Living in a Permanent culture
How can we live a permaculture way of life asks our final post in the occupy permaculture series.
- Permaculture ethics: Part 1 - Earth Care
The earth care ethic of permaculture is very important for a permanent culture of the future, read this to find out why.
- A Gift From Above: Capturing Rainwater for Green Irrigation
please welcome a guest writer to the website who has written about the importance of water harvesting
- 3. Occupy permaculture series: Community action plan
this is the third piece on the occupy permaculture series
- 2. Occupy permaculture series: learning and connecting
this is part 2 of the occupy permaculture series that looks at community building
- A few tips to help you start a vegetable garden
A few tips to help you start a vegetable garden, some basics and the personal benefits you get from gardening.
- Book: Commons a model for managing natural resources
Want to know how a commons system could work in reality and what a commons system means then look no further than this excellent book, free to download
- 43 Essential essays on the commons and Peer 2 Peer theory
43 Essential essays on the commons and Peer 2 Peer theory, this is essential primer from the p2p foundation for anyone interested in the commons.
- Reclaiming our Food series 4: The food fight back
The most simple and direct way that we can fight back against the control of our food supply is by growing as much of our own as possible
- Film: Resistance in an age of austerity
What does resistance mean in an age of austerity, how can we change the world for the better when all around us we see the dismantling of our public services, watch this debate to get a range of views on this thorny issue.
- Conspiracy theories and keeping your eye on the ball
A piece about how conspiracy theories can distract us from the real social injustice of capitalism and a link to rational wiki a great resource for the background to these many theories
- The struggle: from dependence to community self reliance
It is challenge to become self sufficient in the UK and the world for most people, but there things you can do together.
- Creative learning for a Permanent culture?
Creative learning is a great process that is being used in some of the poorest communities in India and could benefit you wherever you live.
- An Overview of a Permaculture Design Course
This piece maps a daily account of my permaculture design course at Ragmans Lane Farm
- Reclaiming our Food series 3: Big food, the Major players
this piece looks at some of the major players in the food industry
- Reclaiming our food series: An introduction
Reclaiming our food is crucial to developing not only sustainable futures, but also control over our lives, this new series looks at home we can do that for the benefit of us all.
- Pay day loans
this piece looks at high street money lenders as a vehicle that fuels poverty.
- Making use of invasive plant species
How to use invasive plants such as Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam as food.
- Reclaiming our Food series 2: Food as social control
Food has always been used as social control throughout history, our times are no exception to this rule. If you cut off the food supply to a nation or community they are at the mercy of those who control and have power over food
- Requiem for Detroit - A film about what happens when Capitalism leaves the city
Detroit has seen capitalism develop it and now leave it in ruins to a degree, what does this mean for Detroit people and why has this happened asks Julien Temple in the film Requiem for Detroit.
- Scientific evidence states happiness is linked to being kind and cooperative
Scientific evidence states happiness is linked to being kind and cooperative
- All about seeds part 5 – Saving seeds
Find out all you need to know about growing, storing and planting seeds in our seed series, part 5 is about saving seeds.
- Neoliberalism: Back to the cave?
Neoliberalism has a detrimental effect it on human beings and their habitat, community is what is needed, Steve
- Happy New Year & Our Plans for 2013
A big happy New Year to you all and our plans for 2013.
- Permaculture & Human Rights
This is a guest piece written by our friend Lasse Bresson Krøner on the subject of permaculture and human rights, very interesting read
- Allotment tips and diary: 2012 A year on the plot
A brief look back over 2012 and the work on my allotment plot
- All about seeds Part 4 – Seeds in human development
Find out all you need to know about growing, storing and planting seeds in our seed series, part 4 looks at how humans have used seeds in history.
- Shale Oil and The Transition?
this piece briefly explores some of the issues of shale oil
- Christmas TV boring watch something good instead
Want to watch something interesting this Xmas, then switch of your TV and check out permanent culture now TV, for inspiring talks on how to build a sustainable world and better future for our generations.
- Film: Ruth Potts: Falling in Love with the Material World
Ruth Potts: Falling in Love with the Material World: How the joy and intelligence of craft helps us understand limits and sets us free, filmed at Small is festival 2012
- Film: Diggers 2012 : Reclaiming the land - Off Grid Festival 2012
Talk from the Diggers 2012 group that have been inspired by the Gerald Winstanley and the original Diggers and have taken to reclaiming the land at Runnymede Park.
- Occupy Sandy A community responds
Occupy Sandy is a community response to the devastating effects of the hurricane on New York city, it is an important example to us all of how community and solidarity are becoming ever more important for all of us in these uncertain times.
- Film: Trevor Baylis OBE - Inspiring Innovations and life as inventor
TREVOR BAYLIS OBE Inventor of the wind up radio, Trevor talks about inspiring innovations and life as an inventor.
- Film: Martin Shaw: Cultural myth making at Cloudcuckooland Festival 2012
Storyteller & mythologist Martin Shaw explores our dominant cultural stories and describes the powerful influence of myth making over our lives.
- Tickets for Sunrise Offgrid 2012 a good xmas present :)
Sunrise off grid is back in 2013 and its sure to be a great event for all, why not buy friends, family or yourself a ticket for xmas :)
- All about seeds part 3 - Types of seeds
Find out all you need to know about growing, storing and planting seeds in our seed series, part 3 looks at certain types of seeds that provide certain types of plants
- Film: Tony Juniper: People Power and Sustainability
Tony Juniper shares his views on People Power and Sustainability filmed at Small is festival 2012
- Film: Lucy Gilliam: The New Dawn Traders
New Dawn Traders is a brand new social enterprise powered by sail! Join Lucy and share in her incredible experiences, twice crossing the Atlantic by sail in 2012, as well as her empowered vision of future trade!
- Offshoots Permaculture project
about Offshoots permaculture project in Burnley
- Climate change and human diet
this piece looks at how climate change effects our food supply and how we can grow other plants to replace energy hungry crops
- Film: Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney - The relationship between power, money and nature
Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney Founder of Embercoombe explores our troubled yet crucial relationship with power, money, nature, and each other, filmed at Small is festival 2012
- Film: Wendy Stephenson Power to the People: social impact investments and social change
Wendy Stephenson: Power to the People: Join the revolution and make social impact investments mainstream to enable social change, filmed at Small is festival 2012
- Film: Steve (PCN) - Is permaculture political?
Is permaculture just about growing food or is it inherently more political, join us to find out if we think permaculture is political.
- Film: Colin Power – The Harmonic Economy - Off Grid 2012
Colin Power asks How could sacred geometry, and vortex mathematics be used to re-energize a withering economy? Filmed at the 2012 Off Grid festival
- Film: Adam Hart Davis - Small scale solutions to climate change
Adam Hart Davis talks about small scale solutions to Climate Change at the Small is Beautiful festival 2012.
- Film: Bread or batons: the old market riots 1931: Walking tour
Relive the Bristol 1931 riots on this walking tour of Bristol with Bristol Radical History Group
- Film: Mike (PCN): Why the commons are important today
Michael from Permanent Culture Now, explains the notion of the commons and why the commons are so important today.
- All about seeds part 2 – Seeds in action
Find out all you need to know about growing, storing and planting seeds in our seed series, part two looks at seeds in action and the germination process.
- Film: The Haymarket, Chicago and Mayday
Want to know why May 1st became workers day, labour day, this talk explains the Hay market Martyrs role in history and the formation of Mayday - Enjoy
- Film: Uk Video Activism Discussion - Bristol Radical Film Festival 2012
Discussion about UK video activism from Bristol Radical Film Festival, includes speakers from vision on tv, Camcorder guerillas, Reel News and Permanent Culture Now.
- FIlm: Chris Larcombe (Waysphere Project) – Holographic Mapping
Chris Larcombe talk on Holographic mapping for co-creating new worlds - Social Media for a new paradigm based on co-creation and well-being from Off Grid 2012
- Film: Peoples Assembly - Environment Debate Cloudcuckooland Festival 2012
People’s Assemblies are democratic bodies representing everyone in a community and this is a film of the peoples assembly formed at the Cloudcuckooland festival, this one discussed the economy and the environment, some great discussion around how we should move to protect the environment and what the economic crisis means for the environment.
- Film: Peoples Assembly - Economics Debate Cloudcuckooland Festival 2012
How can a peoples assembly address economic issues watch this debate from Cloudcuckjooland festival to find out more.
- Film: Vision on tv guide to street reporting
Want to become the news then check out how to do street reporting with vision on tv crew, they can also host your films and distribute them for you, a great project.
- All about seeds Part 1 – An introduction to seeds
Find out all you need to know about growing, storing and planting seeds in our seed series, part one looks the component part of a seed.
- Film: Ed Dowding (Sustaination) – The Future Of Our Food Systems
Film Ed Dowding (Sustaination) talk – The Future of our food systems - Looking at food mapping, transparency and the future of our food systems in these difficult times.
- Film: David Taylor Green Party - Beyond Green Politics Off Grid Festival 2012
Film of David Taylor (Green Party Founder/EarthSpirit Centre) talk -- Beyond Green Politics/The Emergent Politics - The future of 'green' politics beyond simple ecology, energy and waste into deep ecology, spirituality and earth healing,
- Permaculture as a revolutionary force for change
is permaculture a revolutionary force?
- Capitalism: The Global disease
Capitalism has our consent through two different channels, one through the consumer choices that we…
- Film: David Holmgren Beyond Sustainability Talk
Dave Holmgrens talk Beyond sustainability, essential viewing on why we need to move towards a post oil society in an age where resource peaks are inevitable, using the principles of permaculture.
- The sow and grow project: Part 3
this is the final piece about the Sow and Grow project
- The Sow and Grow project, part 2
this is the second piece about the sow and grow project
- Film: Silivia Federici Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle
In this talk Silvia Federici talks about her forty years of research and theorizing on the nature of housework, social reproduction, and women’s struggles, excellent talk.
- Useful traditional skills 3: Providing your own source of heat
Want to find out more about how you heat yourselves using traditional skills, read this to find out more.
- Felix Wood - Why small is beautiful is still relevant
In this talk from Small is beautiful 2012 festival, Felix Wood explains why Schumacher's small is beautiful message is still relevant today, watch the film to find out more.
- Film: George Mckay on radical gardening, Vandana Shiva and others discuss the importance of gardening, seeds and capitalism
Great series of lectures from Documenta (13), includes George Mckay and Vandana Shiva talking about our relationships to nature, seeds and animals great viewing
- Useful traditional skills 2: water harvesting
This piece in the traditional skills series looks at water harvesting.
- Film: Godfrey Boyle - Living on the sun how we can power the world on 100% renewables
talk from small is beautiful festival 2012
- Useful traditional skills 1: Grow your own food!
The first piece in the traditional skills series, looks at growing food the most traditional skill out there.
- Film: Jeremy Birnstingl - Jack and the jumping gene a biologists view of sex and business
Jeremy Birnstingl - Jack and the jumping gene a biologists view of sex and business talk from the small is beautiful 2012 festival, how does sex and genes influence business practice, watch this talk to find out more.
- Useful traditional skills: An introduction
An introduction to the useful traditional skills series, learn new techniques from old skills.
- Film: What the Economic Crisis Really Means - and what we can do about it
This is a great film from Doing It Ourselves about the economic crisis, fractional reserve banking, peak oil and what it means for all of us and how people are developing ways of moving towards a new form of society.
- Film: Karambu Ringera - Reclaiming wastelands: awakening possibilities in unlikely spaces
In this inspiring talk from the Small is Beautiful Festival 2012 she talks about reclaiming wastelands: awakening possibilities in unlikely spaces, through telling her life story and the stories of others.
- Mark Boyles new book Moneyless Manifesto now available for free and to buy :)
Mark Boyle releases new book the Moneyless Manifesto for free, a great read on how to unplug yourself from the money system and begin to live a more saner happier life, read this to find out more about the book and where to get it now :)
- Film: Molly Conisbee - Uncommon Land, what we lose when we give ground
Molly Conisbee talks about the links we have with the land and why they are so important and should be treasured, this talk from small is beautiful festival 2012.
- Illustrator needed for modern day radical fairy tale
Mario Molinari needs a Illustrator for his new modern day fairy tale book, UPBRINGING! NEW FAMILY STRUCTURES, he believes Reinventing the Family is the same as reinventing the Human and the State and it needs to be redesigned based around food, water and energy.
- Film: Odri Ighamre - From a Twig a Tree Grows: Empowering young people
Odiri talks about the organisation Kori Arts she is involved in, which empowers young people to become leaders and change makers in the UK and other countries, very inspiring talk from small is beautiful festival 2012.
- Film: Polly Higgins - A Proposal for a 5th Crime Against Peace: Ecocide
Polly Higgins believes there should be a crime of ecocide, do you? find out more in her talk from small is beautiful festival 2012
- Film: New Age Travellers - A personal story
Steve from Permanent Culture Now takes us through an enlightening, funny and sad personal history of his involvement in the UK new age traveler communities.
- Film: Bristol pound the first citywide local currency
Find out about the first citywide local currency the Bristol Pound, in a talk from just before it was launched. It is now operating throughout the city of Bristol
- Remaking Our World
Heartfelt and positive message from one person on how and why she is working to remake the world, we really relate to this message and I am sure you will to.
- Film: Squatting past, present and future - Off grid 2012
Phoenix from solutions zone TV talks about the origins of squatting past, present and future at Sunrise Off Grid Festival 2012.
- Permaculture design game
Great little permaculture design game.
- Film: The Reconomy Project talk - Off Grid 2012
Talk about the REconomy Project which is here to help build the capacity of Transition Initiatives, and other community organisations doing similar work, to grow a new kind of local economy.
- Global transition to a new economy add your project
The Global Transition to a New Economy maps innovative projects that challenge business as usual and contribute to the systemic change to our economy that we urgently require.
- Film: Why radical history is important talk - Off Grid 2012
Michael Thomas of Permanent Culture Now begins the Radical History Day at the 2012 Sunrise Off grid Festival with a talk on Why Radical History is important.
- Film: Yesterday's To-Morrow - Bristol's garden suburbs talk - BRHG @ Cloudcuckooland
Thought the transition movement was the first movement to look at localised food production and sustainability, think again as Bristol had its own transition type movement over a hundred years ago.
- Film: Panel discussion on small scale food production - Off Grid 2012
Film: Panel discussion on small scale food production - Off Grid 2012
- Film: Patrick Whitefield "A Permaculture Life" - Off Grid 2012
Patrick Whitefield "A Permaculture Life" - Off Grid 2012
- Film: Paddington Farm: community & educational project talk: Off Grid 2012
Film of talk: Running Paddington farm: community & educational farm project: Off Grid 2012
- Film: Ragmans Lane Farm: small scale farming talk: Off Grid 2012
Film of talk: Ragmans Lane Farm: small scale farming: Off Grid 2012
- Film: Running Vallis Veg a diverse horticultural smallholding talk - Off Grid 2012
Film of Talk: Running Vallis Veg a Diverse Horticultural Smallholding - Off Grid 2012
- Film: Edcombe farm: small scale mixed farming - talk: Off Grid Festival 2012
Film of a talk about Edcombe farm a residential off-grid smallholding from Off Grid Festival 2012
- Film: A three fold attack on protest
The film looks at how policing has changed to control/stop protest occurring in the UK through the history of the police, the development of militarised methods of policing, and the increasing criminalisation of protest.
- Film: Blackthorn farm: residential off-grid smallholding talk - Off Grid Festival 2012
Film of a talk about running Blackthorn farm a residential off-grid smallholding from Off Grid Festival 2012
- Film: Small is beautiful festival
A short film about the Small is Beautiful festival 2012, a great festival, check our site for more great talks and films
- The Self Under Siege (Part 8) - Baudrillard Fatal Strategies
Rick Roderick's great course on the Philosophy of the modern age that examines how the self is under siege (this one focus on Baudrillard) from modern day neo-liberal capitalism, although recorded in the 1990s, still very much relevant today. This one discusses Baudrillard and his post modern views of the world.
- Taking control of our food supply
Can we control the our food supply in the future, or are we powerless over it, read this to find out more.
- The Self Under Siege (Part 7) - Derrida and the ends of man
Rick Roderick's great course on the Philosophy of the modern age that examines how the self is under siege from modern day neo-liberal capitalism, although recorded in the 1990s, still very much relevant today. This one discusses the Post Modernist Derrida.
- The sow and grow project: part 1
how can permaculture principles help people reintegrate back into community and learn new skills
- The Self Under Siege (Part 6) - Foucault and the Disappearance of the Human
Rick Roderick's great course on the Philosophy of the modern age that examines how the self is under siege from modern day neo-liberal capitalism, although recorded in the 1990s, still very much relevant today. This one discusses Foucault and his ideas around the control of the body and surveillance society.
- Social class: A useful tool of the ruling elite
To understand society you need to understand class, its function, who it serves and how to break down the barrier of class for a fairer world
- The Self Under Siege (Part 5) - Habermas and the Fragile Dignity of Humanity
Rick Roderick's great course on the Philosophy the modern age that examines how the self is under siege from modern day neo-liberal capitalism, although recorded in the 1990s, still very much relevant today. This one focuses on Habermas of the Frankfurt School.
- Semiotics: a tool to understand meaning
How can semiotics help you to understand the world, read this to find out
- A common peoples history of the UK part 3: Levellers and ranters and diggers
This is an on-going serialisation we are doing of a great little book called, 'A history of…
- The Self Under Siege (Part 4) - Marcuse and One-Dimensional Man
Rick Roderick's great course on the Philosophy of the modern age that examines how the self is under siege from modern day neo-liberal capitalism, although recorded in the 1990s, still very much relevant today. This one focuses on Marcuse and his theory of the one dimensional man.
- Multiculturalism in 2012
Where does multiculturalism stand today and is it still a valid project, read more to find out
- A common peoples history of the UK part 2: Desolation and wilderness
This is an on-going serialisation we are doing of a great little book called, 'A history of…
- The Self Under Siege (Part 3) - Sartre and the Roads to Freedom
Rick Roderick's great course on the Philosophy of the modern age that examines how the self is under siege from modern day neo-liberal capitalism, although recorded in the 1990s, still very much relevant today. This one focuses on Sartre and existentialism.
- Do we eat enough fruit and vegetables?
Do we get enough nutrients in the modern day diet, is convenience food making us ill, read more to find out
- The Self Under Siege (Part 2) - Heidegger and the Rejection of Humanism
Rick Roderick's great course on the Philosophy of the modern age that examines how the self is under siege from modern day neo-liberal capitalism, although recorded in the 1990s, still very much relevant today. This one focuses on Heidegger and his seminal work Being and Time. - Mike
- Permaculture praxis
Permaculture needs action, and praxis is action, read this to find out why its needed to achieve a better world
- The Self Under Siege - Masters of suspicion (lecture 1)
Rick Roderick's great course on the Philosophy of the modern age that examines how the self is under siege from modern day neo-liberal capitalism, although recorded in the 1990s, still very much relevant today. This is the intro that explains why the self is under siege.
- Film: Bristol Green Week Schumacher Talks 2012
Permanent Culture Now is proud to bring you the Bristol Green Week Schumacher Talks, these talks cover a wide range of issues around sustainability and green issues, from ethics, to behaviour change, to zeronauts and more.
- The work ethic
The work ethic, is almost a given that is never questioned, but why do we work the way we do and where does the view that we should work come from, read this to find out more
- The Real Economic Scandal: Understanding the Debt-Based Economy
The debt can never be paid off! To understand the economic crisis you need to understand how money is created and some of you may be surprised at how this occurs and why paying off the debt could cause economic collapse.
- Planting seeds of hope in El Salvador
The Permaculture Institute of El Salvador (IPES) brings hope to El Salvador with projects that empower people to take control of their lives, read more abut this inspiring project here
- Film: The Politics and Ethics of Change
Is it ethical to resist corporations, corrupt political systems, to save the planet, how can we implement ethical change, when all around us we see unethical practices, listen to this talk to hear from 3 people about what it means to be ethical in the world today.
- Film: Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
Is peak water going to be an issue, can water be better managed, how can business help towards water sustainability, watch this Schumacher talk from Bristol Green Week to find out about this and more.
- Film: Regeneration for Real
What does real regeneration look like asks Kevin Cloud (Grand Designs), Rob Hopkins (Transition Towns) & Tim Smit (Eden Project) watch this film of the Schumacher talk to to find out what they think regeneration really means.
- Film: No more business as usual
What role can business play in addressing environmental issues, can business ever be sustainable and ethical, the panel from a variety of backgrounds from Dragons Den Deborah Meaden, Good Energy's Juilet Davenport to Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation attempts to address these questions
- Film: Behaviour Change: warts and all
Can we move towards a more sustainable world by changing our behaviour, what can be done to change behaviour, whose behaviour needs to change, , watch this talk to find out some of the ways that people are working to achieve positive behaviour change
- Film: Moving to a ‘zero’ society: meet the Zeronauts
Can a sustainable society be reached through a zero approach, watch this Schumacher talk to find out new and innovative ways people are taking to achieve this.
- How to survive the future
Want to know How to survive the future, then follow Naimo and Sam through there voyage to find a new way of living in a post peak oil world, will they succeed, will they come home, how can we help them, what can they teach us about how to survive the future!
- Write for us
We want to share your stories, your view, theories, ideas, musings on our website, write for permanent culture now and share the knowledge.
- Film: Clare Hedin: Green Economics. Dynamic Emergence
Is a new convergence possible between humans and nature, Clare Hedin believes that we have to, watch to find out more.
- Film: Who says we can manage the planet?
Who says we can manage the planet, first of the Schumacher talks of Bristol Green Week, includes Clive Hamilton author of Requiem for a Species, Johnathon Porritt and James Vaccaro of Triodos Bank.
- Urban Foraging in Bolton
This piece takes a brief snapshot of an urban foraging event that we held in may 2012
- Redefining work in an age of late Capitalism
this piece briefly explores the idea of redefining work for a future permanent culture
- Film: Living memory, Future Worlds: Bristol Voices on Climate Change
This film of the Living memory, Future Worlds: Bristol Voices on Climate Change exhibition is brought to you by Older Woman for World Change (OWWCh!), a small group of Bristol women concerned about the future Bristol’s children may face if we continue burning fossil fuels the way we’re doing now.
- Social class and Ecology
a brief analysis of social class and ecology
- Rocket Stoves
A brief history of rocket stoves, and why they are useful for the transition from fossil fuels
- How to make cheap cider
Learn how to make great cheap cider with this easy to follow video.
- Permaculture systems with and without livestock
This piece provides a basic breakdown of permaculture systems that use of refrain from the use of livestock.
- Celebrating being human
This piece briefly explores the notion of celebrating the fight back as we strive towards a permanent culture of the future
- Thrifty times series: Grow, coppice and scavenge your own wood fuel
explores the use of reclaimed or home grown wood fuel.
- Permaculture and Politics
Explores permaculture and politics and how they might work together in the politics of the future.
- Exploring models of Education: Critical Multiculturalism
this piece explores the potential of critical multiculturalism as a possible eduction model of the future
- Film: The Friends of Durruti and the Maydays in Barcelona (1937)
Film of the talk "The Friends of Durruti and the Maydays in Barcelona (1937)"
- ANOK4U2: Crass and Anarchism in the UK
this piece looks at Anarchist punk band crass.
- The Freeman movement
this piece looks at the freeman movement in the UK.
- Employability trainers: a valuable people centred resource or lucrative money spinner
the piece questions the need for private training companies and also questions their future role, if any.
- Thrifty times series: Baking your own bread
home bread baking and the use of different grains to make the bread of the future
- Thrifty times series: Home grown food
this piece is about home grown food production as part of moving towards a permanent culture of the future.
- Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor
this piece looks at the idea of socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor.
- Thrifty times series: Keeping Chickens
a piece about keeping chickens as part of future ecological local food supply.
- Experimental permaculture: The pond flower
this piece looks at how a permaculture flower pond could help pollinator insects
- Film: Permaculture allotment plot project update: April 2012
This piece looks at the development of a permaculture plot with a future of scarcity in mind.
- Thrifty times series: wine making and beer brewing
Looks at home wine and beer making within the context of localized low impact future.
- Allotment tips and Diary: 25rd March 2012
looks at the progress of my allotment two plots as I move them towards a permaculture system for the future.
- Sharing your surplus to create abundance
Shows how sharing fruit cuttings can provide a large volume of sustainable fruit in an area.
- Thrifty times series: One pot cooking
Explains how one pot cooking can play a part in sustainable and permanent culture of the future.
- African keyhole garden
This piece looks at the African keyhole garden as a growing structure for a future permanent culture.
- Living the Permaculture way
What does it mean to live a permaculture way of life, read our experience and thoughts on this.
- Retrofitting the Mind: Holistic thinking for a permanent culture
this piece looks at the influence of how we think as we move towards the development of a permanent culture.
- Fallowfield Secret Garden Project
We are proud to present this guest post from Gavin Pate of the Fallowfield Secret Garden, a great example of a community permaculture project that is developing.
- Film: Satish Kumar - Reverential Ecology Talk
Film of Satish Kumar explaining reverential ecology, what is our relationship to nature and how should we think about our place in the world, watch this film to see how reverential ecology approaches this questions.
- Film: The Peace Chiefs
Tim Mac Macartney explains how the Native American wisdom can be used to hep us transition towards a better future, inspiring and thought provoking film of his talk at sunrise off grid festival.
- The struggle
this piece is about how our actions can have a very effect as we move away from the old order of capitalism and exploitation towards a permanent culture of the future.
- We need your help to build a Permanent Culture Now can you recommend us to your friends
We need your help to build the Permanent Culture Now Project, can you spare a couple of minutes to tell your friends about us, we've made it as easy as possible for you to do - cheers Mike and Steve
- Check out our new site and our future plans
First up a big thank you to all the people who have used the site up until now, we hope you like…
- Permaculture pioneers: Patrick Whitefield
A profile of Patrick Whitefield the foremost temperate permaculture teacher and his importance in the development of a future permanent culture.
- Synergy: The Permaculture design software tool
Synergy is the name of a new permaculture software design tool that is in development, this tool will assist with permaculture planning and design, read more to find out about it.
- Allotment tips and diary: 27th Feb 2012
This piece is about Converting an allotment plot into a perennial permaculture growing area, and how this method can help to develop a more permanent culture in the future.
- Film: Bees and Permaculture Article - Brigit Strawbridge
Film and article by Brigit Strawbridge on bees and how they can be integrated into a permaculture design, loads of tips and information on beekeeping and permaculture.
- Permaculture pioneers: Masanobu Fukuoka
This article is about the work of Masanobu Fukuoka and it relevance in the development of a permanent culture.
- Permaculture pioneers: David Holmgren
this piece looks at the work and contributions of David Holmgren in working towards a permanent culture of the future.
- Permaculture pioneers: Bill Mollison
A short biography of Permaculture pioneer Bill Mollison, and the importance of work set against a background of peak resources and climate change
- Another seedy Saturday
a description of our seed swap event this year, and how they can be geared towards dealing with climate change.
- Allotment tips and diary: New season seed sowing, Feb 2012
Tips on which seeds to sow in the month of February.
- Discovering Ruskin College Oxford
My experience of Ruskin College and why it is a great place to study, also links application process for the College.
- The true origins of the credit crunch
The origins of the credit crunch, want to understand why it happened, the jargon and the ideologies that drove the financial crisis, then read this now!
- Guide to Planting Perennial Plants
Guide to planting perennial seeds/plants in a temperate climate.
- Allotment Tips and Diary: Jan 2012
Preparation work for the coming gardening season.
- Food Transition Now
A crucial part of transition to a permanent culture is to develop a food strategy and new ways of providing food, read here to find out more
- Permaculture principles
Permaculture principles are key to permaculture, find out about them here and how they apply to real world situations and can be used to develop a permanent culture.
- Film: Hidden Histories: The Captain Swing riots
Captain Swing is the first part of our new hidden histories series. Captain Swing was the name used to sign letters that were delivered to land and farm owners as a means of protesting against the starvation and poverty that new grain threshing machines were creating. Read to find out about Captain Swing and more about why it's still relevant today.
- Guerrilla gardening
A brief outline of guerrilla gardening and why it is important for a sustainable future.
- Stop Online Piracy Act is an attack on our internet freedoms
The Stop Online Piracy Act is an attack on our internet freedoms and needs to be stopped. It is about the censorship of the Internet and controlling the information we have access to. Why should multinational corporations have the power to moderate a common resource, read this article to find out more.
- Social ecology
A basic description of Murrey Bookchin's social ecology and its importance in a world that is in transition.
- Are Governments attempting to stop citizens from growing their own food?
Here we look at some of the legislation that is geared towards curbing people growing their own food.
- Film: Seattle Solidarity Network how to setup and run a solidarity network
Film of a presentation put on by Seattle Solidarity Network on how to setup and run a solidarity network, solidarity networks are cooperatives of people who get together to support each other against dodgy, landlords, employers, institutions in order to make sure their rights are upheld and they are treated fairly.
- Permaculture ethics series: Fair shares
the 'Fair shares' permaculture ethic is explained here and how it might be useful for a more sustainable future.
- Film: Avoiding Burnout when doing Activism Workshop
Film of a great workshop at the Sunrise Off Grid festival on how to look after yourself when you are involved in Activism, it is all to easy to be swept along by issues, feel depressed when everything can seem so hopeless. Mike offers some practical advice on how to look after yourselves and others when undertaking activism.
- Allotment tips and Diary: Winter Solstice
General allotment activities during the winter months.
- Film: Resilient Farms Conference
This is an interesting debate on the future of farming and resilience of food production, stick with the debates becuase there is some really good discussions on types of food production and sustainability of food production, supermarkets and local food production. Would love to know your views on these films, what do you think about the issues raised,
- Reducing our dependency on money: an introduction
a discussion on how we can reduce our dependency on money by looking at other ways of trading and working.
- Film: Bonnington Square (Housing Cooperative)
Bonnington square was aa cooperative housing community established in Vauxhall in London in the early 1980's after people who had been squatting the derelict buildings decide to legally take on the properties. This film documents this story. Thanks goes to Alister Oldham who gave us permission to post his film here.
- An urban forest garden Hackney shows us how it's done
provides a brief history of hackney forest garden, and explains their usefulness and diversity.
- Permaculture ethics series: People care
discusses the people care ethic of permaculture and why it is important for a low impact future.
- Film: November 30th Strike Films uncovering the pensions myths and highlighting the attacks on the general population
Part one pensions myths. Who really gets the gold plated pensions. Part two: The…
- Allotment tips and diary: December
general allotment activities that happen during the winter months.
- Film: Organising your own seed swap event
Learn how to put on a seed swap event and why they are important for moving towards a Permanent Culture.
- Permaculture ethics: Part 1 - Earth Care
The earth care ethic of permaculture is very important for a permanent culture of the future, read this to find out why.
- Heirloom Seeds
describes heirloom seeds and their importance for a sustainable future.
- The Promise
a short piece about transport and transition towns.
- Exploring models of Education: Popularist Education
looks at popularist and critical multiculturalist models of education within the context of a permanent culture.
- Allotment Diary and tips: Winters Coming!
General allotment tasks that take place as autumn moves in the winter.
- Film: Ian Bone Talk '1919 Revolutionaries'
Ian Bone presents a rollicking ride through the year of 1919 a Year of Revolution. He places seven…
- Allotment tips and diary - October
general autumn allotment activities and tasks.
- Organic food production can feed the world!
this piece is about high yielding low carbon fruit and vegetable production in wales.
- FIlm: Nicola Peel Talk- Amazon / How One Person Can Make a Difference
Part 1 - 4 of talk by Nicola Peel on Change In the Amazon & How One Person Can Make a…
- Punky Reggae Party: Music in alternative culture
Reggae music and Punk rock, a musical synergy as a soundtrack to alternative culture.
- What are Weeds?
Some of the plants that we see as weeds are useful as food stuffs and medicines.
- Allotment Diary and tips week 2 (25/9/2011)
allotment activities at the end of the yearly growing season.
- Agency Versus Structure
Agency Versus Structure a theoretical explanation by out first guest writer Mark Hepburn. Agency and structure are the two biggest issues when it comes to social change, can agency have an impact on structure or does structure define our agency, read more to find out.
- Freeganism and urban scavenging
A discussion about freeganism and scavenging as a useful way of using discarded usable resources.
- Allotment Diary week and tips (20/9/2011)
Cropping food at an allotment plot, and carrying out soil repair.
- Film: Transition UK Talk By Rob Hopkins at Sunrise Off Grid Festival 2011
Permanent Culture Now and Sunrise Off-Grid present Rob Hopkins of Transitions Town network talks…
- An experiment in vertical gardening
How I used one plant to grow another up the stem and yield crops from both.
- Film: Resilience debate from Off Grid Festival
Panel Discussion: Resilience and what it means debate with Rob Hopkins, Patrick Whitefield, Mark…
- To Pee or not to Pee
The use of urine as a plant food and compost starter.
To realise that our energy resources are not infinite does not require a great deal of debate, if we look at a picture of our solar system, we can see that there is only one planet earth, and we live on this Planet, there are no fuel lines attached to our planet from others in the solar system, we only have one lot of resources on the one planet that we live on.
- Permanent Culture Now who and what is it?
If not now, then when, if not us then who? The Permanent Culture Now Project is an outlet for the…
- Hit the road
personal account and reflection of time spend travelling.
- Why Education is more than what you are taught, but how you are taught.
this looks at education within the context of living in a capitalist society.
- Permaculture and synergy
this piece is about how human beings and nature can create synergy.