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Paul calls up Ash Jackson, Ashley Cottonwood, and Jen Richardson to talk about what he calls “The Click”.  The Click can be described as the sound made by the switch in one’s head as permaculture ideas turn from “cool” and filed alongside the new Thai restaurant, or that car, and instead the ideas click together and you realise that you’ve been living your life backwards.  And now you are hard-wired to do a 180 and live your life the right way.  For Paul, the Click happened over 5 seconds, but for Ashley it was closer to a year due to her resisting it under the belief that it couldn’t be that easy.  All agree though, that the 180 was very sudden and total.

For all the good that the Click can bring, they all agree that not having it can be a good thing, as they’re all joyfully suffering from it.  None of them would go back and un-click themselves even if they could, although they should probably point out that that it has the potential to be a relationship killer, particularly if the partner doesn’t ever experience the Click.

Something that is common, if not universal, to people that have just had the Click is a sense of frustration about their situation.  Paul realised that he couldn’t do what he needed to on his 80 acres and couldn’t afford the land he did need, Ash still isn’t living in a town with no cars that can feed itself, Ashley was in a trailer park trying to raise chickens, and none of them had the manpower to do what they wanted to in their lifetime.  Also, people tend to think they’re all crazy.

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I was just listening through these podcasts and Ash's mention of wanting towns without cars that feed themselves reminded me of a website and book I'd read in depth a long while back. While the design probably doesn't take permaculture into mind, and I don't recall how close it comes to feeding itself, the ideas and plans at Carfree Cities are probably a lot closer to his goals than almost any current towns or cites, and might be a good rough draft in that direction.
How do they get the deer to cross at the signs? Or to read this tiny ad?
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