Surf the change.

About "Permaculture Websites"

Hello! I am interested in the websites of permaculture. I enjoy surfing websites about permaculture. I have learned plenty from these sites. In general, I find permaculture websites are beautiful and engaging.

The goal of this site is to have a dedicated repository of permaculture websites and to just generally appreciate these sites.

Another goal is to help people learn about permaculture from permaculture websites. Plenty of garden and forest behind those websites for us to contemplate.

Behind a permaculture website is most often a permaculture project and the permaculture designers of those projects. In aggregate, the words and images of these websites tell a dynamic story, a very real tale in which people are being the change.

Permaculture websites are evidence of an on-going ecological restoration. To surf these websites is to turn the pages of a kind of chronicle detailing the regeneration of natural ecosystems.

I like to think that the benefits of surfing permaculture websites are the Four F's. The outputs of permaculture websites are forage, friends, fun and fascination. Then there are the images, which are wonderful, leading me to proclaim the fifth f, as in, filled with wonder.

Gandhi says, Be the change. And, to be that change, perhaps now and then it good to observe the change taking place. Via the world wide web we may see what people worldwide are posting about their regeneration efforts. So, here at permaculturewebsites.org, we add: Surf the change!

The Spark that Created This Site

The idea of this site stemmed from just few sentences that I came across in Chapter 1 of Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison. At the very end of the chapter, Mollison writes "Permaculture is not energy- or capital-intensive, rather it is information-intensive. It is the quality of thought and the information we use that determines yield, not the size or quality of the site. We are using not only our physical resources, but our ability to access information and process it" (p. 31).

This motivates me to get really good at contemplating the information available on permaculture websites. I am developing this site so that it may aid me in my understanding of permaculture websites and the information messages about permaculture. This is a just one possible portal, lens, and multimedia cyberspace dashboard and I hope it does justice for the plentiful wonderful websites of permaculture.

Major Features of This Website

This website contains hand-crafted information on the topic permaculture websites. Below are the major features of the "Permaculture Websites" website, in essence what this websites does as it aims to provide an interface to information about permaculture websites.

Feature 1 A List of Permaculture Websites

One major objective of Permaculture Websites (this website) is to create an excellent list of permaculture websites, where excellent is considered to be a website that helps people learn about permaculture.

So, the first question is how does a user display the list.

1. The default way is to show a small number (say a dozen) randomly-selected from a list of permaculture websites

2. Next, it would probably be useful to search the list.

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3. It might be useful to have an alphabetical list of permaculture websites

4. The geographical arrangement would be useful, although some of the hyperlinks are located in cyberspace. One might consider the location of the website's server as well as the geographic location mentioned in the text of the website.

5. It would be interesting to browse the list based upon the reason that each permaculture website is added to the list of permaculture websites.

6. Also in the making is a PDC curriculum structure upon 36 permaculture topics. So, my thinking is to have a whole system of tags that can link parts of these permaculture websites and any associated subject matter that might be in the general PDC curriculum. For example, a permaculture website might show an image of an Herb Spiral, which in teurn is associated with one of the permaculture topics. The idea is to map the subject matter of the PDC curriculum to examples in permaculture websites. Another use would be to type something like Zone 2 and be presented with a list of permaculture websites with examples and descriptions.

7. Lastly, a no HTML simple list of the URLs could then be saved to a file and easily input into a Perl LWP user agent object.

Feature 2 We ask What qualifies as a "permaculture website"?

I expect this list to be developed and change over time as needed. Eventually these criteria can be established by the community. For now, here is a rough take on What qualifies as a permaculture website?.







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