$ 3 million Brazilian real in 18 days! Economic miracle or the value of the commons?

Fruit of corruption, or just one of those ads using ‘false news’ to promise riches without having to work? Not one or the other. This story is simple and real, and it involve intelligence and community spirit, the nature of people. The principle of cooperation is the secret to prosperity Last year, the community of…

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How to make water flow with Flowforms

It was love at first sight when I saw my first flowform when visiting the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales. Flowforms are beautiful water installations in any garden. Yet beauty is not the only value. The flowform is a sculpture, half art, half technology mixing aesthetics and ecological science. As water passes through…

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Can children create a permaculture design?

This was the question put forward to me back in Brazil in 2007. Can children create a permaculture design? My answer was, but of course!  Teachers from various public schools in Pirenopolis, Goais invited the NGO – Ecocentro IPEC, in which I am involved, to implement a program that would support students to re-design their public…

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How to make a Mandala Garden

The word mandala comes from Sanskrit and means holy, magical or sacred circle. Humans have always used mandalas. The Mayan calendar, the medicine wheel of the First Nation, Stone Henge, the Celtic spirals and the Tibetan wheel had symbols originated in mandalas. The mandala symbolizes the whole, the coordinated cycles of time and space, uniting the…

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How to compost for waste free living

Compost is an art form based on science. It’s the end product of decomposed organic material. Anything that once lived such as leaves, trees, animals, even animal poop will naturally start to decompose. In time it will resemble the soil upon which it lies. Nature will take approximately 400 years to make 2cm of soil.…

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Could you be the solution to saving the planet?

Or could you be the problem? A little harsh? Maybe so, yet we have serious environmental problems piling up and the solutions are embarrassingly simple, they just take a little effort. We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Let’s look at our households, not some exotic offshore…

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The slithery facts of snakes

The snake has been clouded with myth and legends for centuries. In Ancient Greek times the goddess Demeter (Roman – Ceres) held a snake in one hand and sheaths of grain in the other. This symbolized abundance of crop and wealth. In Greece, at the oracle of the Delphi, the High Priestess would receive the…

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