I've been looking into permaculture books
and at documentaries for years now and am currently applying for my PDC
that I hope to do before the european summer is over. But I've had the following experience
more and more often: People
will ask me what it is about, and I will explain in a few sentences or with an example. And then they either get really excited or their eyes sortof glaze over. Most get pretty excited though. And what I've been trying to find after I started talking to people about the PDC
is a short movie that explains the concepts better, preferably in the dutch language or with subtitles. And I haven't been able to find a movie like this!
Maybe its because Permaculture
is such a big subject. Or because every permie
(I like that word
) is different. The 'Greening the desert
' movie is great in showing what it does, but there's no real explanation of the basic principles.
The closest short intro that really gives me a good introduction is this one:
But its not a very 'designed' movie, it is Albert Bates talking as he sees it.
I must say, perhaps this kind of movie is already out there and I cannot seem to find.
What I'm thinking therefore is the following:
Create a digital movie, that uses a comic-book style iconography. Sortof like http://www.storyofstuff.com
or perhaps http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms.html
or for the humor part: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84Ud3V9NPw8[/youtube]
This movie should
be 5 to 10 minutes long and explain really really well what the basic concepts are. In a "DUH!" kindof way, preferably with humor as well. Maybe with a 2 minute spill on why we need a system like that in the beginning of the thing.
It should be downloadable as well. And available as an MP3 (it shouldn't NEED the pictures/cartoons).
But I envision this idea not as a single language, but as freely translatable under the creative commons license. I would personally be up for speaking the Dutch and English version, but it would be nice
if there is a wiki of sorts that helps to translate. Sortof in a work-group kinda way.
The reason why this would be great is that you could reach huge audiences with it, in their own language. If you look at it from a movement kindof way, a lot of energy
is put into making 'foot soldiers' and they definiatly do their part in spreading the news but we seem to be lacking on the digital media. Look at the difference between The Story of Stuff and the average explanation of Permaculture
you can find on youtube.
I notice that there is a growing interest in this kind of movies, because people are looking for answers now that this whole 2012 thing is coming up. And climate/earth changes. And the pole shifting and all that stuff. I recently posted one comment about Permaculture
on a World Bank video about the world food crisis on youtube, that comment was 'voted' into the 'top comments' section for over a week and the discussion is still going on two weeks later! I really think
internet activism can reach huge audiences.
I have personal experience running a website, but would like to know if people think this is worth doing?
Because if everyone says "Yeaaaahh... Sounds like a neat plan but I don't think it will contribute much." I'm not gonna pour my heart into it
So, that was my introduction to the forum as well. I have been a lurker for a while, but I thought it might be time to get out of the closet
With love for the Earth and everybeing on it!