🌿 ‘Invisible structures’ are patterns and processes governing our lives beyond material and biological aspects. We can’t tangibly see these structures but we certainly feel their influence and effect. They are at the core of social permaculture design.
We experience invisible structures whenever we interact with other people, particularly in the realms of: social - cultural - financial - spiritual - experiential -intellectual.
These life areas are filled with patterns and processes inherently influencing how we operate in the world. Sometimes we’re aware of them; and quite often we’re not.
The key of invisible structures in social permaculture is to design for REGENERATIVE, life-generating patterns and processes. Here are some examples of regenerative structures in each of these areas:
SOCIAL: collaborative decision-making - healthy relating with self, intimate other, family, friends, community - non-violent communication - restorative justice
CULTURAL: intergenerational connectivity - perennial wisdom & lore - ancestral connection - song/dance/myth as ‘cultural infrastructure’
FINANCIAL: socially responsible investment - localised economy and currency - right livelihood - ethical economics
SPIRITUAL: nature-based spiritual practices - deep ecology - active creative expression
EXPERIENTIAL: holistic life-skills - nature-based education & play - intergenerational skill-sharing
INTELLECTUAL: open-source information - creative commons licensing - mentoring - multiple intelligences (eg. musical, linguistic, spatial, nature, animal, spiritual, mental)
Identifying these layers and levels of our personal and collective lives is the first step. Then comes understanding how we can influence their design to equip us with generative, living systems.
Consider the invisible structures of your life. How might you bring more regenerative qualities to the areas you experience them?
Social permaculture is regenerative social design. It applies the nature-informed principles of permaculture to create and accelerate people care for the individual and collective.
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