Welcome to Ecosocial Design, a comprehensive and transformative guide that empowers you to make a positive impact on the world we live in. This book takes the principles of permaculture and expands them into the cultural realm, offering you the tools and insights to become a significant actor in this critical work. Within the pages of this book, you will find a wealth of knowledge gathered from a wide range of transition dialogues. These dialogues bring together the intersecting worlds of permaculture design, ecovillage development, transition initiatives, and bioregional congresses. While not claiming to represent every aspect of these dialogues, this collection offers a comprehensive overview and a gateway to further exploration.

Drawing from participatory fields such as open conferencing, world cafés, compassionate communication, and re-evaluation counseling, this book presents a holistic approach to addressing the challenges of climate disruption and social chaos. It integrates ideas from spiral dynamics, integral theory, experiential learning, storytelling, auto-ethnography, pluralism, and complexity theory, providing you with a rich tapestry of big picture thinking.

To fully engage with the content, a practitioner-level knowledge of permaculture design is recommended. Permaculture is our favored method for reconnecting with nature and embracing deep green ethics. These ethics prioritize the care of the Earth, the care of people, and the recognition of limits to consumption and population. If you’re new to permaculture, we encourage you to seek out a permaculture design course to ground yourself in its principles.

While this book builds upon the foundations of permaculture, it goes beyond the traditional focus on Earth care. Our esteemed contributors, who have extensive experience in permaculture design, consulting, teaching, and transitioning, have curated a curriculum that expands the range of actions beyond land use. This eBook provides you with practical guidance and insights on how to effect meaningful change in the world.

We are proud to share that this curriculum has been successfully used in our Gaia U Certificate in Ecosocial Design for over fifteen years. It is continuously refined and updated based on feedback from our student associates, ensuring its relevance and alignment with our evolving understanding of the world. As we navigate the challenges of the Patrix, the patriarchal matrix of oppressions, we remain committed to doing the work of world change ourselves.

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