The message from the video is: I direct my message to these forums and the dailyish email and ignore all others. Change happens when the people that hear my message take it farther. But any attempt I make to take it farther will be, pretty much, a waste of time.
I think you are close... I don’t think your attempts to take it farther are a “waste,” per say. If you had all the time and resources to spare, you could just keep broadcasting your ideas like broadcasting seeds without any thought to whether they will take root or not and eventually you might see some progress.
But, let’s say you had been gifted a small amount of very rare, precious, awesome seeds...say, 48 Sepp Holzer Grain seeds... would you just broadcast them anywhere without regard to whether you have the right soil conditions, or the right climate, or even the right season? I would hope not...
Change WILL happen when the right people hear your message AND the right time and conditions exist for that change to take root. Sinek states very explicitly that while his theory is 100% effective, he can never state when or where it will happen... no one can... but this is the long game.
So IMHO, like sepp seeds, don’t plant all your awesome ideas and inspiration in dead soil. It will just burn you out (and we need you to stay strong). Instead, focus on the environments/the communities/the brains that are ready to take your message and run with it... and focus your energies on nurturing, supporting, loving-on those brains AND ONLY those brains.
I can see many examples of where you have done just that, and to great effect!
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy
I live in Devon, England.
I live in a tiny home, a 20ft static truck.
I heard of permaculture in the mid ‘80’s and met Bill Mollison at a city Farm in Bristol. I took a permaculture d course in the ‘90’s.
I happened to be in a relationship with somebody who wasn’t interested in coming along on the ‘journey’. He has since committed suicide since the pandemic hit and a factor in his demise was frustration with the human race and the state of the world.
Anyway, i am living on 9 acres of land without permissions and trying my damnedest to stick to permaculture principles.
I would love to install a rocket mass heater but really feel at 66 that I do not have the skills to install one inside and have limited means to pay someone to do it and lack of physical strength to set up some systems.
I have a scythe but physically can’t cut a lot of the hay here. I have deer here who demolish trees if I’m not on the ball. (Just seen Sep Holzer’s remedy via you by the way).
I am frustrated by what I can achieve here with little help and like you frustrated with human nature.
Changing minds through education is a slow process and I believe that people need an immediate/personal disaster or a war to kick them into a different gear.
I think you need to carry on doing what you are doing but accept the fact that our civilisation may be on the decline, the survivors of which could well be all the permies.
I live knowing i am doing my best and not just changing lightbulbs.
Thanks for yr inspiration
I am with you on that. Im still having trouble breaking through to my own family. A few are getting it but they are the minority. The scariest part is that the little kids still arent getting it. But im determined in my efforts.
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