'The Pattern Legacy': Interview with Adam Brock, author of 'Change Here Now: Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation'

| 6/25/2017 11:22:00 PM

Tags: permaculture, design, garden planning, philosophy, Willi Paul,

The Pattern Legacy 

Adam Brock is an award-winning social entrepreneur and permaculturalist based in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. His work lies at the intersection of urban agriculture, sustainable business, and social change. In 2009, Adam co-founded The GrowHaus, a food justice nonprofit, and served as its Director of Operations until 2014. He is active in the local and national permaculture communities, serving on the board of the Denver Permaculture Guild and organizing committee of the inaugural North American Permaculture Convergence. He has been a TEDxMileHigh speaker, a contributor and guest editor of Permaculture Design Magazine (formerly Permaculture Activist), and serves on Denver's Sustainable Food Policy Council. Willi Paul interviews Adam here to discuss pattern theory as it relates to permaculture. Email Adam at WildGreenYonder [at] gmail.com.

Willi: How is our preoccupation with screens and instant gratification working a pattern?

Adam: I think our addictions to screens and instant gratification are great examples of behaviors that stem from our ten-thousand-year hallucination of separateness. In both cases, anti-market forces have hacked our ancient neural patterns in order to sell more stuff and prevent us from spending our hours wisely.

“No matter which subject a pattern language describes, a pattern tends to follow the same general rules, first used in Christopher Alexander’s original work:

• A pattern has an easy-to-remember and highly descriptive name. It must be general enough to be applied to very different systems within its context, but still specific enough to give constructive guidance. For instance, Alexander’s pattern a place to wait addresses bus stops in the same way as waiting rooms at a doctor’s office, while still proposing helpful and constructive solutions.

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