Once thought of as non-political, the recent attendance of permaculture’s most-prominent authority at a rally against government pandemic measures has opened a split in the movement and revealed longer-running hidden unease.

O questions

Objective questions: what happened?

The photo of David Holmgren and Su Dennett at the November 20 rally in Melbourne. The photo triggered the argument about the ethics of permaculture being represented at the rally and and that of the following week.

A side note—the far right

Statement by David Holmgren from his blog rejecting criticism of his participation in the rallies.

R questions

Reflective questions: how do people feel about the incident?

Comment in the facebook conversation following publication of the photo of David at the Melbourne rally and his blog posts about his vaccine refusal.

I questions

Interpretive questions: what does the information coming from the objective and reflective questions suggest? Why does it matter?

Comment in the facebook conversation following publication of the photo of David at the Melbourne rally.

Perception of permaculture and its political stance

Comment in the facebook conversation following publication of the photo of David at the Melbourne rally and his blog posts about his vaccine refusal.

Who speaks for permaculture?

A split widens and becomes a chasm

D questions

Decisional questions: what do we do now?

Comment in the facebook conversation following publication of the photo of David at the Melbourne rallyl.

Of note

Social movements and permaculture

The new group

Four elephants

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Russ Grayson

Russ Grayson

I'm an independent online and photojournalist living on the Tasmanian coast after nine months on the road in a minivan.

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