Going Upstream

What’s the real problem here?

Recently I was pondering shifting the burden while blogging about City Bees and it lead into something that sometimes gets missed in the process of finding a solution to our challenges.  Often when looking at a problem you need to go further upstream or deeper into the process in order to find the origin and create a more systems aware solution.

One of my favorite solutions came time and time again when I was working as an Associate Dean.  Part of my job at the time was to met out punishment for absences.  I took it a different way though, if there were no absences then I was also doing a good job.  So when the teens came into my office there was no heat or anger, we simply discussed why the absence had occurred and worked on going upstream to find out what the real problem was.   Continue reading “Going Upstream”

Creating the New

Very often those of us who are trying to break into a new field or localize a globally based industry struggle because we are competing with established norms.  Whether it is an organization or societal structure there is a real need for dynamic change over time in order to establish a balance that meets the needs of a healthy system.

Planting the seeds of change
Planting the seeds of change

What we are faced with right now is a very unhealthy Earth system.  There is obviously need for drastic change.  One of the first things that we can do as a culture is is part of what keeps the system healthy.  We need to develop new systems that are in line with the Earth’s processes. While it wouldn’t do to look at all the reasons that what we’ve done hasn’t worked we CAN seek to make decisions based on sustainability.  Logically, any principle not based on how the Earth’s systems function seems doomed to failure.  Based on the Permaculture Design Certificate I completed this summer I know that the principles of permaculture provide a solid foundation to working with the Earth and can be adapted to society as well as business. Continue reading “Creating the New”