Welcome to one doorway into Making Permaculture Stronger, a “micro-movement within a macro-movement.” Aside from the podcast and videos, this website consists of hundreds of written posts that fall into what I call Phase One and Phase Two.

Phase Two (started October 2019)

To get started I recommend checking out the recent three-part Introducing Phase Two of Making Permaculture Stronger, which you can read, listen to, or both. In my opinion, the third post in this series of three is the most important (and potentially controversial) post I’ve written in this whole project.

Oh yeah, on the cusp of the transition between the two phases I developed a framework for thinking about different levels in the development pathway of a permaculture designer.

Phase One (March 2016 – October 2019)

Phase One of this project consisted mostly of several introductory scene-setting posts, two multi-post inquiries, and the development of a chart I used to get across an approach to design I call generative transformation. There was also heaps of great discussion in the comments along the way.

Here are some links and a brief explanation of Phase One’s main parts (many of which are becoming a book).

Introductory / Scene-Setting

Starting with the first post, there are a total of five posts in the introductory category. Check em out here, listed newest-to-oldest. Among all the introductory stuff this is probably the most important post in terms of understanding what this blog was started to try and do. There is also this 2017 presentation by Dave Hursthouse at the international permaculture gathering in India.


The bulk of posts on this blog fall into two in-depth inquiries:

The first looks into the flawed but common understanding in permaculture that design is a process of assembling components to form whole systems. It starts here (don’t miss the comments!) and is summed up and concluded here.

The second inquiry looked into the way that designing and implementing are understood to be related inside permaculture design process. It started here, there was a progress summary here. In total there have so far been 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 2223 posts in the main body of this inquiry.

Generative Transformation

See the chart/diagram series here, which was the culmination of everything I learned in the first two inquires.

Design Process Examples

So far there are one, two, three, four documented examples of experiments in alternative design and development processes.

Course Report

A four-day advanced permaculture planning and design process course co-taught by David Holmgren and Dan Palmer in April 2017 is reviewed in detail over six posts starting here.

Design Process Reviews

See a review of the Resilo Studio Design Process Primer starting here. I also have documented a delightful day spent designing with Dave Jacke here.

I hope you find this blog project of service and I believe some rather interesting twists and turn lie ahead, maybe even a little healthy controversy, so stay tuned, make a comment, contact us, and catch you in the field.

My best, Dan Palmer