I don't know enough about this stuff yet to innovate. I had to start in the evening so the car surfaces weren't so hot, but took an extra action shot this morning because my phone camera isn't so hot, either.
- Simple green concentrate + water to clean. I used a bucket.
- Meguiar's wax on the glass and front of the car.
(The wax should have a warning, stating that once you put it on part of the vehicle, it'll look so good you'll want to put it on all of the vehicle...)
620 Make the information more digestible (i.e. more mental on-ramps)
621 Re-frame or re-describe PEP
621.1 Say SKIP instead of PEP?
621.2 Rewrite "What is SKIP?" Thread? - This seems to be coming up in other conversations, as well. Done: https://permies.com/wiki/skip-pep-bb 621.3 Pose SKIP as "structured re-skilling?"
621.4 "Do you have a skill you want to show off?"
622 "there's a BB for that"
622.1 Some people more likely do to the BB if they know it even exists
622.2 Help people gain system knowledge
623 a PEP badge tracker - https://permies.com/p/963012 624 An app - https://permies.com/p/963012 625 A structured "Intro to PEP" BB or video or something
626 People can list their "20 easiest BB's" - https://permies.com/t/143378/skills-inherit-property/easiest-BB 627 ?? Other ways to make the information more digestible? ??
630 Make it social: seeing other people doing BB's as encouragement (i.e. social on-ramps and social hooks)
631 Game-ify Badges more, BB5/10/20, "Air" Badges - https://permies.com/t/143477/skills-inherit-property/PEP-stepping-stone-Badges-BB 632 PEP glory page on permies - hi-score page (social hook)
633 Hi-score thread
634 Public top-banner recognition of people achieving Badge-hood?
635 "Air Badges" to denote at least 1BB earned in that aspect (i.e. I've started this badge) - Done, a smashing success!
636 ?? Other ways to make the activity social? ??
640 Make the information more visible on other websites
641 SKIP bit.ly?
650 Make the information visible in other formats
651 PEP book
652 PEP podcasts
653 ?? Other ways to make the information visible on other websites? ??
660 Get lots of people talking about it and excited about it
661 The "Otis" "carrot"
662 ?? Other ways to get people excited about it? ??
670 ?? Other ways to re-present the information? ??
700 Working on BB's in groups
701 bb buddy helps with the social aspects
702 helps people feel connected
703 helps bring people back
704 helps people feel validated for their BB
705 helps people feel excited about...stirfry (for example)
710 working on BB's in groups: In-person
711 PEP Jamboree (WL) - https://permies.com/wiki/118704/permaculture-projects/September-October-Homestead-Skills-Jamboree 711.1 Takeaways? (I mean, I had fun)
712 regional local skills meetup, "for these things, we'll be doing these according to the rules of PEP. You don't have to, but I and a couple of others are doing this. It's basically the same, but we'll just be taking pictures also."
713 A free BB60 event at Wheaton Labs to help propel attendees toward PEP1
714 ?? Other ways to work on BB's in an in-person group? ??
721 Monthly PEP Planner - Made a planner, with 1 BB each day for a month.
721.2 BB's picked were themed by day of the week; (e.g. Monday was cooking day)
721.3 Some work to make planner,
721.4 A BB a day is likely too much for many people
721.5 Strong virtual PEP group resulted, and persisted for about 6 weeks
721.6 But how much of that was due to the PEP planner?
722 Weekly PEP Sprints - Picked 2 BB's each week
722.1 One slot was reserved to take someone through a full badge
722.2 The other slot was for novelty, or to make it easy to join in anew
722.3 Less work to create individual segments
722.4 Didn't seem to get people as excited in the same way
722.5 BB's chosen happened to be ones the prior group had already done, precluding them from participating
722.6 A BB a week is likely right for many people
723 BB club - BB of the week / SKIP club,
723.1 possibly many more, shorter threads
723.11 big long thread can sometimes be a deterrent to people joining in
723.3 include a super easy BB every week (system knowledge on-ramp)
723.4 nominate someone else to follow after you?
800 Working on BB's alone, posting results / progress
801 This is the native setup of the current system (post in BB threads)
810 Individual posting to individual's specific BB thread
811 https://permies.com/t/123420/PEP-Badge-Adventure 811.1 Thread created small attention for the videos themselves. I'm unaware of any other people pursuing BB's because of the videos, though.
812 ?? Other ways to work on BB's alone, but still sharing it? ??
My understanding with the numbering is; if you have an opinion on #612, then you reference that so a dozen parallel conversations can occur in the forum format.
I've made this a wiki page just to facilitate my easy-editing long-term, not because I'm saying what's here is official in any way. If that was the wrong choice, just let me know.
Upon encouragement, I've cross-posted this to forms related to several of the PEP Aspects. If that was the wrong choice, just let me know.
I'll voice support for both Birkenstocks and Oboz. My feet have high arches, and both come standard with good arch support; and are great for the shape of my feet and how I walk.
I discovered Birkenstocks about twenty years ago, and always regret when I try out something different.
I discovered Oboz a couple years ago, and suspect these will be my go-to brands until something major changes.
Obviously, footwear is intensely personal, fit-wise. Hopefully there is a place near you where you can try them on?
To apply, please show you have earned 20 PEP Badge Bits. :: At least 20 :: Any PEP Badge BB, Any Level :: Oddball, 1 Full Point Equivalent To 1 BB ::
Earners of BB20 Certification are currently entitled to a packet of Sepp Holzer grain to be mailed within the U.S. If you wish for a packet of 42 grains to be mailed to you, please post saying so to this thread and a staff member will contact you to coordinate details. This is not a forever thing.
Sometimes, PEP events will only be open to people who have earned a minimum number of PEP BB's. One of the numbers I've seen thrown around is BB20.
Current BB20 Event at Wheaton Labs: https://wheaton-labs.com/bb20/
gardening Use permaculture techniques to grow delicious food. Projects include hugelkultur, chop and drop, ruth stout style composting, saving seeds, producing large volumes of food, polyculture, starting perennials from seed, food forest ...
natural building Building big things. Build experiences with several styles of natural building that work in a cold climate, with the grand finale being a wofati.
Techniques: cob, plaster, straw bale, wofati, natural paint, adobe, natural roofing, waterproofing, doors and gates, dry stack foundation, make cement, cob floor, wattle and daub …
woodland care Transition from using a forest to developing a symbiotic relationship with a woodland.
Create junkpole fence, firewood, coppicing, living fence, twig construction (arbors, tomato cages, trellises, wattle fence), trip trees manually and with power tools, peeling logs, making roofing shakes, plant tree seeds, plant woodland species, grow edible mushrooms, lumber, gin pole, skiddable sheds, rock jacks, berm shed ...
round wood woodworking Build everything from logs, branches, and sticks using zero glue and rarely using metal. Nothing starts with dimensional lumber. Power tools can be okay, but, in general, less power tools. Some projects specify no power tools. Quite a bit of working with green (freshly harvested) wood. Small and large joinery, mixing green wood with dried wood, three log benches, spoon carving, shaving horse, sawhorse, sawbuck, chairs and other roundwood furniture, shrink pot, box from a piece of firewood, pole lathe, bowl from a pole lathe, skiddable shed for green wood woodworking, proenneke hinge, door latch, wofati freezer ...
tool care Maintaining and repairing tools of all sizes. Small tool care (sharpening/handles/etc.), power tool care (chainsaws, saws, drills, power hand tools as well as fixed power tools), large tool care (truck/tractor/etc.), appliance repair, bicycle repair, building a tool shed, optimize shop, build a materials shed, create dry places to park/charge large equipment …
earthworks Use large equipment to make dramatic changes to the landscape. Build roads, trails, terraces, ponds, berms, ditches, structure site prep, natural swimming pools, dry stack, passive garden heaters, garden ATI ...
dimensional lumber woodworking Includes construction, cabinetry and fine woodworking. No plywood, waferboard or particle board. Using power tools, nails, screws are used, but hopefully less than in most construction. This badge has a strong emphasis on good joinery over more nails.
Projects include: wood scorching, bird house, laying deck, shelves, wooden toolboox, stool, box, picnic table, wood bucket, skiddable lumber storage shed, porta cabin ...
rocket Build and maintain wood burning contraptions that cut energy and wood use by 90%. Build and become proficient at: rocket mass heaters, rocket ovens, rocket cook tops, rocket water heaters, outdoor kitchens ...
food prep and preservation Demonstrate cooking, boiling, baking, frying, delicious food using energy saving methods like hay box cooking solar dehydrator. Skills include basic cooking pot and cast iron care, preserving the harvest with canning, drying, pickling and fermenting
animal care Caring for domestic animals and providing resources and infrastructure to encourage wild animals to do the work for you. Domestic animal care includes: chickens,pigs,cattle, rabbits, sheep, goats, dairy, beekeeping, fish, and butchering. Wildlife care includes building homes for birds, bats, pollinators, garden-friendly insects, snakes, lizards, ...
foraging Harvest and preserve food from the wild. Gather fresh fruits, berries, nuts, greens, teas, mushrooms, and vegetables from wild sources. Practice fishing and hunting (with vegan alternatives) respectfully. Care for the place we harvest from and improve it with some guerrilla gardening.
community living Building a desirable community and creating community experiences for others. Skills include creating public art, cooking meals for a group, leading workshops and presentations, improving a common space, creating a community holiday, creating a LIC (labor investment collective), giving tours, creating a map, organizing community events like swapmeet ...
textiles Mend and make clothing and other useful textiles. Skills include, mending, weaving, knitting, crochet, spinning, sewing, basketry as well as growing, harvesting and creating cloth.
Tasks include creating curtains, upholstered furniture, patching, darning, knitting socks, leatherwork, basket stuff, ...
greywater and willow feeders There is no “waste” in nature. Horticultural techniques for safe management of poop and pee. Using soaps and cleaners that are greywater friendly, reuse wash water in the garden. Planting “poop beasts” like willow, poplar and cottonwood. Proper handling of “willow candy”.
metalworking Build and repair metal things. Welding, cutting, blacksmithing, casting, bending/shaping, and grinding. Large farm equipment as well as small projects.
plumbing and hot water Pressurized, non-pressurized systems. Working with metal and plastic plumbing. Installing, replacing, or repairing pipes. Maintenance and building new systems. Stoping leaks, maintaining hoses, repair or replace drains, toilets, faucets, garden hydrant ...
electricity (including solar) Maintain and build electrical systems. AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current). On grid and off grid. Battery maintenance, installing outlets, breaker panels, repairing and building solar systems ...
commerce (be able to do business) Prove that you can earn money in multiple ways, including some non-conventional ways. Prove to Otis that you would arrive with your own income streams and would not be dependent on his savings. Demonstrate: several income models over the internet, passive income streams, earning money through permaculture labor ...
natural medicine Harvesting healing herbs from a garden and the wild to establish a collection of medicines. Build knowledge of the efficacy of the plants on a particular property by recording the healing nature of each plant you harvest. Skills include identifying plants and their properties, keeping records, making teas, tinctures, oils, salves, poultices, and preserving medicinal herbs for future use.
nest Demonstrate to Otis that if you stay in that second house, you’ll take care of it. Cleaning, shovelling snow, laundry, simple house maintenance, and other daily, repetitive tasks that make our living space liveable according to the standards of Otis..
homesteading Known experiences that don't fit into the other aspects.
oddball Unpredictable, unique and creative experiences worthy of PEP. Rather than BBs, this aspect has a point system to earn badges.