• Coming out – or more about who we are…

    Dear readers, First of all, let us thank you for you interest in Making Sense of Things. We are in particular grateful for the comments you leave us, as they inevitably stir further thinking and exchanges. Balancing openess with privacy is always tricky on the Web, but given your overwhelming welcoming, positive and constructive response, CJG and I have decided to be a bit more open about ourselves. So in reality our names are Carly and Jean. We’ve just moved out from Brisbane (Australia) where we’ve stayed for the last 10 months and have flown back to London UK, where we’ll be staying for a couple of months. Carly is 31, has worked…

  • Sub-tropical Permaculture Design for Friends

    Friends have recently purchased a house and they asked me to do a permaculture design for them.  This post describes what I provided them with.  I don’t have much experience (my only other full design is here) but I’ve had lots of fun thinking about it, feel really excited by some of the ideas I’ve provided and, of course, look forward to your feedback and suggestions which are always welcome. 🙂 There was no chance of getting a full design for my friend’s new house completed due to time, weather and other restrictions, so what I provided were some suggestions but warned them they would need to note the existing…

  • What is collapse? Conspiracy or a very real phenomenon?

    The concept of collapse of our civilisation is often heard among conspiracy theorists, causing many mainstreamers out there to ignore the concept altogether. But should they? Is it really a word that should be owned by the conspiracy theorists and disregarded accordingly? We believe we should not disregard it, but, rather than viewing ‘collapse’ through the lens of conspiracy theories, we could understand it in a historical and ecological sense. This then allows us to be realistic about future scenarios. Have you heard of the global collapse of fish species? If not, you need to watch The End of the Line (see our previous post to watch it easily). You…

  • Worldwide Permaculture Network

    Back in September 2010 I (CJG) did a Permaculture Aid course with Geoff Lawton (founder of the Permaculture Research Institute) at his Zaytuna Farm in New South Wales.  During that course he told us he was developing a kind of ‘Permaculture Facebook’ – a place for people and projects who have completed a Permaculture Design Certificate to share their exciting, solutions-based work being implemented worldwide. And now… it’s HERE… well, the beta version anyway. 🙂 It looks pretty impressive so far.  There are already hundreds of profiles created and over 30 projects entered.  We are sure it will grow quickly with lots of inspiring people connecting and sharing their holistic,…

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