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Diversity

Posted by Marc Van Hummelen about 12 years ago

using diversity as 4th ethic principle

Lately, whenever I talk or write about the ethic principles of permaculture, I usually add a fourth principle, or rather, I "upgrade" one of the design principles: Diversity. Caring for Diversity may come very natural for people who have adopted the principles in their daily life, but for many people it doesn't. From a permaculture perspective, Diversity is just part of the definition of people care and earthcare, but you won't find that definition in any dictionary. Diversity is often feared and discouraged, or considered unproductive. In farming or forestry or just about any commercial activity monoculture is still the norm. On a community scale you may do a good job caring for people and the environment, and taking care that everyone has a fair share, and still end up in a monoculture - filled with racism, conservatism, intolerance toward different ideas, sexual orientation, etc.
Diversity is also a key element in the transition movement. In every speech Rob Hopkins gives, he stresses the importance of Diversity as a key condition to attain resilience. In the Web of Life game we learn that diversity is what makes the web strong and resilient.
So far I treated permaculture and our transition initiative as two different stories, closely related but different. Upgrading Diversity to an ethic level helps me personally to view the two stories as one.

Care for People
Care for the Earth
Provide a Fair share
Embrace Diversity

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David Braden
David Braden : I like the upgrade. As you say diversity is key. The social/economic/eco-system operates in a dynamic balance and diversity tends to dampen wild swings in the balance. I have proposed three rules for our community work:

1. Every one gets to make their own decisions. 2. What ever we do is open to all residents (all living things). 3. We measure progress by the diversity of the people and other living things participating.
Posted about 12 years ago

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harald wedig
harald wedig : Hey Marc, I think you are very right. The importance of diversity is by far underestimated. Though you can study " divesity management" and "inclusion" now on many mainstream universities
Posted almost 12 years ago

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Mateo Roldan
Mateo Roldan : Hey, hello I like it a lot! Still, it´s not just diversity for the sake of it, it is about creating beneficial conections between elements. And this leads you to stability. Maintaining a diverse, but not properly connected, system can be very hard working
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