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Pia Jensen

Sep 9, 2017
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Google Translation:

"Summary

The project is based on the integration of the Open Source culture with the permaculture movement, seeking to enhance its development by providing new ways of documenting, communicating and applying collective intelligence in this area.

The objective of the project is to promote the design and implementation of spaces using permacutlura as a local action strategy in search of solutions to the major problems facing humanity at present, seeking, among other things, to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and increase the resilience of food production systems.

Although they are mainly considered small-scale soups, often famiiar or community, the repercussion can be large scale and global in adding the application of these in multiple instances.

Currently, many people make designs using permaculture as a design system, whether for presonal or professional use, doing the work by hand or using different computer applications that were not designed specifically for this work, such as design applications graphic or diagram design.

Having a specific tool for permaculture design allows us to provide the appropriate functionalities for each method as well as to integrate the information generated by each one of them, facilitating the different stages of the design.

Having the design reacted in a specific software, all the work done is used in the stages of implementation and maintenance, increasing the chances of success of these projects.

The site will also be of great help to people who are starting in the area of ??permaculture design, as well as for those who are already more advanced, offering the opportunity to know other points of view and to discover elements or design options used by others.

Is this a proposal for a practice or a project?

Project

What actions do you propose?

- Implementation of the proposed software

- Creation of a website to share designs

Who will take these actions?

Development will begin by the author of the proposal. As it is free software, it is expected that other permacultores and / or software developers interested in the project will join.

The software and website can be used by people around the world to design, implement and maintain sustainable human habitats.

Where will these actions be taken?

It will begin its development in Salto-Uruguay, but it is expected that people from other parts of the world will join as users and developers."


Pia Jensen

Sep 9, 2017
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above comment was to translate from Spanish, Danilo's proposal, and is now completed and evident in the project description.


Danilo Da Rosa

Sep 9, 2017
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Thanks ¨Pia!


Ridwan D. Rusli

Sep 29, 2017
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Sorry Pia and Danilo, for this delayed response. Although too late, i assume you'll still try this idea, whatever the outcome of the contest?

if i unterstand your idea correctly, the software will help more effective design-work, presumable integrating carbon-capture efficacy and design parameters with implementability (and economic efficiency/feasibility?) criteria in a way of a "concurrent engineering" concept?

if so, the question arises about the target audience: are you aiming for the group of people who are already interested or even already actively design and implement such permaculturegardens/spaces? If the answer is yes, what you aim for should not only be to motivate this subgroup more, but also to expand this group? Do you have any strategy to recruit more such interested people?

As to the strategy of designing the software, ( you may have already thought about this yourself..,), you could also think of inducing a network effect, eg by way of a contest, whereby various people could start a kind of a collective crowd-design effort, or join a design-then-plant&build race, etc etc. Combined with an appropriate info dissemination campaign this could even help get other people interested into the permaculture movement?


Pia Jensen

Sep 29, 2017
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Great comments, suggestions and questions, Ridwan, Thank You.

Yes yes and yes! "the software will help more effective design-work, presumable integrating carbon-capture efficacy and design parameters with implementability (and economic efficiency/feasibility?) criteria in a way of a "concurrent engineering" concept?" Permaculture uses techniques that not only capture carbon, but improves plants' abilities to protect from insects; involves easy to implement and affordable practices; and this particular project is meant to create cooperative design efforts - permaculture exists on most,if not all continents, so there are many different environmental conditions requiring different solutions and practices.

Our target audience is both current permaculture practitioners and people who want to learn about permaculture. Danilo and his partner Dahiana have embarked on an educational journey in Salto - teaching youth in schools about Agroecología (permaculture aligned and infused, but deeper, culturally). In fact, yesterday was the first of a series of radio shows to educate the broader community about permaculture - Permacultura Radio Uruguay Salto 28/09/2017 https://soundcloud.com/daniloide/permacultura-radio-uruguay-salto-20170928. The radio show is the result of actions that the newly formed group, Agroecología Salto, is taking to broaden local awareness and help people transform their yards. Our strategy is to reach out to those who use traditional methods of growing food and plants, to raise awareness and invite people to become part of the permaculture culture. People here are very receptive to ideas and practices that improve the quality of not only their food, but their environment. Many people here are aware of the heavy use of pesticides on food crops and permaculture represents a solution to improve health.

Your idea of the contest is terrific, and, we could also participate in other contests like Hackaday. I like the crowd  design effort, and, Danilo and Dahiana are part of a network of folks who get together for bio-construction and permaculture projects in the community - the concept is understood here and I think it could flourish among software designers also. Permaculture is becoming more mainstream as people seek alternatives to big ag practices.

Your comments are inspiring!

 

 

 

 

 


Pia Jensen

Oct 6, 2017
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Permaculture Magazine founders: The 25 Year Permaculture Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdm3ycEQrSY

  • "We need it not to be a club, or even a tribe, we need permaculture to be just absolutely normal common sense of how we live on this planet"

 


Pia Jensen

Oct 17, 2017
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Not directly related, but interesting and possibly some application to this project

On thunkable.com, anyone can build their own mobile apps without knowing how to code. This summer, we hosted our first ever international app building challenge for high school students! https://blog.thunkable.com/winners-of-the-2017-high-school-app-building-challenge-24a7555ca441


Caroline Liu

Nov 26, 2017
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Thank you for submitting your contest proposal.

A Climate CoLab Impact Assessment Fellow who specializes in Land Use has conducted an impact assessment of your proposal which you can find under the “IMPACT” tab. Please review the documentation and model parameters. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can contact Ciniro Costa Junior at ciniro.junior.


Regards,
Impact Assessment Fellows


Pia Jensen

Nov 26, 2017
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Thank you for the notice, Caroline.


Steve Steiner

Dec 6, 2017
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Nothing in the "Impact" tab, far as I can see.

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Pia Jensen

Dec 6, 2017
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Yes, apparently 'officials' don't understand the domino effects of technology - when more people learn climate positive practices and plant more trees, sequester carbon through permaculture practices, and capture and sink water there will be reductions in ghg, loss of topsoil will stop and be mitigated, and shading of the land will occur, helping to cool the local environs. It's silly that no impacts are accounted for in the impact assessment.


Ciniro Costa Junior

Dec 7, 2017
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The reason there is nothing in impact is because your proposal has no implementation plan in fact. Developing a software is suppose to support and help others to implement. Therefore, I was not able to evaluate an impact of such a project, like I did in others. Your contest is great, but need to be more structured, such as detailing how many hectares of permaculture is your software targeting, providing evidence on GHG emission reduction, and try to link your software to a "real" permaculture implementation. Hope you can develop more your idea - no doubt the world needs to improve its food quality and access among other aspects.


Pia Jensen

Dec 7, 2017
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Thank you for the feedback - it's good to know the weaknesses - perhaps, in the future, impact assessments will be accompanied by reasoning for assessment results. :)


Ciniro Costa Junior

Dec 8, 2017
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Dear Pia Jensen

I do not really there is a weakness in your contest - I might be in the sense when we compare overall contests objectives/focus/etc - they, in fact, do not fit in the same category I´d say. Evaluating the impact of a local/regional contest and the impact of a software are completely different and can be highly unfair - the latest takes much more time and resources to evaluate and the impact may be unimaginable - it might change the world: for bad and for good (as yours!). All process are subjected to improvements and I think next contests areas/evaluations, perhaps, should be remodeled to better understand and evaluate more broadly impacting contests.       

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