Step 1: Observe and Interact (see what groups are already out there, and where their interests intersect).
Step 2: Catch & Store Energy (meet folks face-to-face, and converse with the like-minded ones you resonate with).
Step 3: Obtain a Yield (meet with these folks–host a potluck or other gathering, find out if there is a shared common interest everyone is passionate about)
Step 4: Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback (always be open to feedback–everyone’s voice counts–don’t insist on yours being the loudest)
Step 5: Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services (harvest from within the system–what resources are available inside the group? Begin within, then bring in outside resources only when absolutely necessary.)
Step 6: Produce No Waste (“waste” has many definitions, don’t forget ones like time – for some people, time is their greatest asset, so be respectful of that of others,)
Step 7: Design from Patterns to Details (K.I.S.S. principle–don’t sweat the small stuff–focus on the ‘big picture’ of what you want to achieve, while appreciating the people involved who are working toward a common goal.)
Step 8: Integrate Rather than Segregate (if there are other groups or individuals with the same basic vision and mission, do your best to merge with them, rather than create dissension or competition).
Step 9: Use Small and Slow Solutions (indeed–Rome was not built in a day, and we know that the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, so don’t think you can change the world overnight! Pick ONE thing, focus on that–when the resources show up for that, move on to the next thing.)
Step 10: Use and Value Diversity (this is a reminder about ‘weeds’–in permaculture we learn to value all parts of the system equally–of you find you are thinking of any element or person as being disruptive to the system, think again–observe, step away and look at the system from a different perspective.)
Step 11: Use Edges and Value the Marginal (no organization grows without the input of new energy–sometimes that energy may come in a form different than expected–take the time to appreciate what each and every person brings to the system, rather than rejecting the input.)
Step 12: Creatively Use and Respond to Change (“The adoption of successful innovation in communities often follows a pattern similar to ecological succession in nature. Visionary and obsessive individuals often pioneer the solutions, but it generally requires more influential and established leaders to take up the innovation before it is widely seen as appropriate and desirable.” ~Holmgren)
Permaculture Principles Apply to Everything!
(c) Loretta Buckner, WeGrowFromHere.com