Episode 17: Permaculture Pandemic 3 – Mutual Aid for Collective Futures

Episode 17: Permaculture Pandemic 3 – Mutual Aid for Collective Futures

In the third instalment of the Permaculture Pandemic Podcast series I discuss the concept and practice of mutual aid, including it's history (my version), how it relates to permaculture and why people are finding it so helpful and, dare I say, hopeful in this crisis. Let's use mutual aid, solidarity, and cooperativism to build collective [...]

Permaculture for the People update

Permaculture for the People update

After announcing the new direction of the podcast, I have been quiet online. This is partly because I did some amazing work on my PhD dissertation (I wrote the full crappy first draft in six weeks- it was intense!). It is also because I am getting ready to relaunch and reformulate the whole blog and [...]

Episode 12: The Re-enchantment: in-against-and-beyond capitalism

Episode 12: The Re-enchantment: in-against-and-beyond capitalism

In this episode, I announce the new podcast name, which I will be rolling out over the next month, and I discuss the climate strike and Canadian elections! Resources from this episode Check out Silvia Federici's book Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the CommonsCheck out Crack Capitalism by John HollowayConfused when I [...]

Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline

Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline

In this episode I explore the implications the global insect decline. Why are insects in decline and, more importantly why should you care? What actions can we take in cities and in rural areas to support insect flourishing? Resources Study 1: More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in [...]

Episode 10: Interview with Starhawk on the promise of regeneration

Episode 10: Interview with Starhawk on the promise of regeneration

In this episode I interview Starhawk, author, activist, and permaculture teacher, about the crisis of climate change and the promise of regeneration.

Episode 9: People powered transportation!

Episode 9: People powered transportation!

In this episode I talk about struggles for excellent and free public transit and for the creation of walkable, bikeable neighbourhoods. I argue that we simply cannot create socially just, ecologically regenerative cities without both of those things. Resources from this episode My editorial about why working people need bus rapid transit Free Transit Toronto [...]

Episode 8: Re-enchanting the world through commoning: the work of Silvia Federici

Episode 8: Re-enchanting the world through commoning: the work of Silvia Federici

In this episode I discuss the radical potential of re-commoning social reproduction, or the work of everyday life that is necessary for human existence, by exploring the newest book by feminist Silvia Federici. Is this the realm in which we might collectively dream and create a new world? Resources from this episode: Re-enchanting the World: [...]

Episode 7: Building an environmental movement that can win!

Episode 7: Building an environmental movement that can win!

Welcome to 2019. I invite you to step out of despair and get ready to create a movement to transform the world. In this interview I talk to Steve D'Arcy, philosophy professor, author, and climate justice activist, about strategies and tactics for building climate justice movements that can win. We touch on a lot of [...]

Bonus episode. RetroSuburbia: a review

Bonus episode. RetroSuburbia: a review

As a special end-of-2018 treat, I decided to do a bonus episode of Permaculture for the People in which I review David Holmgren's new book RetroSuburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future. Enjoy and Happy New Year! Resources from this episode: Check out the extensive website companion to this book Don't forget to check out the film Kiki's Delivery Service [...]

Episode 6: Food Crises and Food Riots with Naomi Hossain

Episode 6: Food Crises and Food Riots with Naomi Hossain

In this episode I interview Naomi Hossain, a political sociologist and researcher, about food crises and food riots. Understanding that food scarcity is not what causes famines or even rising food prices is so crucial for anyone interested in growing or eating food (so, yes, all of us!). Our interview touches on lots of important [...]

Episode 5: Workers of the World Unite: we have a world to win!!

Episode 5: Workers of the World Unite: we have a world to win!!

In this episode I discuss two important struggles of working class people going on RIGHT NOW: the struggle of postal workers in Canada to strike and the spontaneous riots in France of the "yellow vests". I attempt to define the working class and to inspire you to reclaim your working class identity and join in [...]

Episode 4: Permaculture and the Refugee Crisis with Rosemary Morrow

Episode 4: Permaculture and the Refugee Crisis with Rosemary Morrow

In this episode I give some background about the global refugee crisis and provide the framework with which I believe permaculture people should view this crisis. I then interview the amazing permaculture teacher and writer Rosemary Morrow about her work with refugees. Resources for episode 4: Check out Rosemary's website Permaculture for Refugees In the [...]