Overview of My Analysis Process

It was clear from surveying my current projects & commitments, key areas of interest, skill flexes and the goals these generated, that I am left with a huge diversity of options. In order to reign in my ambition and make it tangible, realistic and achievable I have had to significantly prioritise. I have also had to skilfully stack and integrate elements as to reduce the complexity and enormity to a MSc design I can 'keep a handle on'.

As this is a pattern most likely faced by many other associates I have designed a flow chart to show my design thinking in crafting my learning intentions pathway design:

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Decision Making Criteria

Role

  • L = Leadership, (main responsibility)
  • C = Collaborative, (engaged working with others)
  • S = Solidarity (supportive role, occasional action)

Sometimes, when managing several projects at once, taking a step back and analysing the energy input required is very useful. For example only 2-3 projects require leadership/high levels of responsibility, where a number of projects are smaller-scale and require occasional input - a way of zoning my projects and  community organising commitments.

Strategic Area

Identifying the area in broad terms helps me to see if I am too weighted in one area (the benefit of focus) vs the benefits from cross-pollination and diversity of interests.

Personal Priority

Who is benefiting from this work?
Will this work:

  • Improve life for nonhumans?
  • Improve the health of the land?
  • Help my community to work for self-determination and autonomy?
  • Help my community to use and control its own resources regeneratively?

These are some questions taken from resources developed by Rafter Fergussen in his liberation ecology workshops. I feel they are a great decision making tool.

Could I be financially honoured through this?

This question arose in my Zone 00 Design in 2011. It helped me to identify which areas of my work were most radical/unlikely to get paid for in comparison to work that could help me sustain a right livelihood.

What other regenerative yields?

This refers to other yields from project work, for example organising a Radical Herbalism Gathering is an unpaid act of community organising, however it will create contacts and relationships for which I can sell further plants/find customers to grow for, so these are other regenerative yields.

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MSc LIPD

Overview

Overview

Survey: Learning Intentions

Survey: Learning Intentions

Analysis

Pathway Design

Pathway Design

Implementation

Implementation

Supporting Evidence

Supporting Evidence

Opportunities to optimise

I feel it is necessary to identify all of the abundant opportunities I have access to at present, to ensure these are optimised before starting new projects or journeys. Below is my summary.

Livelihood

  • Amazing opportunities at Brook End

- Plant nursery

- Market Garden

- Herbal CSA

  • Acting as Gaia U Blog Editor
  • Wild Heart Permaculture Website
  • Gaia U Advising
  • Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design tutoring
  • Being employed by Somerset Community Food
  • Relationships with editors at present e.g. Positive News, Permaculture Magazine


Learning Journey

  • Being an MSc Associate
  • RHS horticulture diploma structure
  • HCC Diploma in Arboriculture materials
  • Action learning set ups e.g. my guilds & buddies


Personal

  • Spending time with my existing friends & family & optimising these relationships
  • Sally Morningstar apprenticeship
  • Living near Glastonbury and access to abundant sacred sites & supportive people


Projects

Making most of existing structures, websites & networks for project work including:
    - Incredible Edible Somerset - passionate food growers around county
    - Transition Glastonbury - interested people very locally
    - Reclaim the Fields - anti capitalist food growers constellation
    - Food Sovereignty South West list/network & wider movement
    - Local, national and international permaculture networks
    - Vegan Organic Network as allies for research, action & shared interest
    - Existing animal rights movement organisations & networks
    - Wider anti-fracking, extreme energy and radical environmental movements
    - People's Action on Poverty Somerset - emergence of new network in Somerset
    - Local & wider contacts in Anarchist Black Cross/Prison abolition movements
    - Radical herbalists in Bristol & wider network forming through radical herbalism gathering

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Opportunities to create

In compliment to the abundant opportunities above, there are some 'gaps' in my heart and strategic efforts where I crave more support and collaboration. I am also very aware of the need to stretch my learning edges through this MSc process and so the below are opportunities I wish to create through my pathway.

  • New consultancy opportunities especially more smallholdings & plant based systems, as well as medicinal landscaping opportunities.
  • Courses to design & lead:

    - Herbal Horticulture for Herbalists
    - Liberation Permaculture

  • More freelance writing opportunities to craft & new relationships to develop
  • Freed Avalon - a way of doing food-orientated resilience work locally in a more structured and strategic way than Transition Glastonbury, at a scale more achievable and doable then previous work of Somerset Community Food 
  • Some kind of liberation permaculture collective - a collective of designers using permaculture design as a tool for achieving social & ecological justice 
  • A more structured herbalist pathway/learning environment for myself 
  • A collective, group or movement that is focused on challenging animal agriculture specifically and connects animal liberation with wider land struggle 
  • A project/organisation that can support prisoners & works for Prison Abolition
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