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8 forms of capital active hope agroecology agroforestry alder buckthorn Amazon anxiety apples arthritis back yard beans Bec Hellouin beech tree bees beneficial berries biochar biodigester biodiversity blackberries blackthorn book review brain brassica cage budget build building campesino capital card deck Celtic festivals change changes chemical-free chickens christmas circular clay pot cleansers cleansing milks climate change climate emergency climate grief climate solutions climbers climbing cob comfrey community compost compost teas connection consciousness conservation container cooking coppice coppicing cordial cosmology courgettes crafts crisis crop protection Cross Quarter Festival cultural emergence culture cycles degraded design diary diversity DIY do it yourself dryland earth care Earth's energy ecoculture economics ecopoetry ecosystem ecosystem restoration camps ecosystems edges edible edible flowers education efficiency elder elderflowers elements elixir energy equinox ethics face mask fair shares Fairtrade farming feedback feminine ferns figs film firewood flower essence flowers food food forest food garden footbath forage foraging forest garden forest gardening forests fruit fruit leather fruit trees fungi future future care gardening garlic gift economy gin Give Nature a voice Glennie Kindred global poverty glut grapes greenhouse grief groundcover grow grow food grow your own growing guilds habitat habits handcream harvest harvests hawthorn hazel hazelnut healing shrubs healing trees health healthy soil heart health hedgerow hedging herbal herbal remedies herbal teas herbalist herbs holistic holistic planned grazing home homeless homemade wine homestead hope Hugelkultur humanure hummus hungry gap IBC tanks Imbolc incense increase yields Indigenous inexpensive influence inspiration International Womens Day jam keyline kitchen garden lacto-fermentation Lammas land landscape landscapes life lifestyle limeflowers livelihood livestock living labs logs lotion low cost low-impact Lush Spring Prize macerations Mangwende Orphan Care Trust market garden market gardening marmalade marshmallow mass heater meadowsweet medicinal microbes microfarm mimic mindset mitigation money moringa Mother Earth mulch multifunctional mushrooms native plants natural natural building natural fertiliser natural skincare natural swimming pool nature nature connection nitrogen no dig no waste no-dig November nutrition nuts observe oca October off-grid oil cleansing orchard orchards organic organic gardening outdoor shower oven oxymel oyster pallets pasture-fed patterns people people care peoplecare perennials permaculture permaculture design permaculture magazine award permaculutre permayouth pesto pests philippines pine tree pips pizza oven plant profile plants pollinators pollution polyculture polycultures preserving principles propagating protection pruning prunings psycho-spiritual awareness psychospiritual transformation rainforest rainwater raspberries recipe recipes reduce reed beds regeneration regenerative regenerative agriculture relative location relative matter remedy renewable renewable energy resources restoration reuse revolution rhythms rootstock rootstocks roundhouse roundwood runner beans sage salad salve Samhain schools Scotland scotts pine seasonal seasons seeds selfcare Sepp Holzer september septic tanks sewage treatment shade sheet mulching shrubs skincare sloes slugs small solutions small-scale smallholding social justice soil health solar solutions sowing spiritual spring squash stacking functions stock-free straw straw bale summer sustainable Sweet Bay syntropic systems temperate terraces thistles thrutopia timber timber framing tincture tonic toolkit tools transformation trees upcycle urban veg garden vegan veganic vermicomposting vinegar walnuts waste water water cleansing watering weeds wellbeing wetland wild edges wild food wild garlic wildflower wildlife wine recipes wings winter winter greens winter salads wood stove woodburner woodland woodland management woodlands worms yarrow year-round food yield young people youth zai pits zone 00 zoning

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8 forms of capital active hope agroecology agroforestry alder buckthorn Amazon anxiety apples arthritis back yard beans Bec Hellouin beech tree bees beneficial berries biochar biodigester biodiversity blackberries blackthorn book review brain brassica cage budget build building campesino capital card deck Celtic festivals change changes chemical-free chickens christmas circular clay pot cleansers cleansing milks climate change climate emergency climate grief climate solutions climbers climbing cob comfrey community compost compost teas connection consciousness conservation container cooking coppice coppicing cordial cosmology courgettes crafts crisis crop protection Cross Quarter Festival cultural emergence culture cycles degraded design diary diversity DIY do it yourself dryland earth care Earth's energy ecoculture economics ecopoetry ecosystem ecosystem restoration camps ecosystems edges edible edible flowers education efficiency elder elderflowers elements elixir energy equinox ethics face mask fair shares Fairtrade farming feedback feminine ferns figs film firewood flower essence flowers food food forest food garden footbath forage foraging forest garden forest gardening forests fruit fruit leather fruit trees fungi future future care gardening garlic gift economy gin Give Nature a voice Glennie Kindred global poverty glut grapes greenhouse grief groundcover grow grow food grow your own growing guilds habitat habits handcream harvest harvests hawthorn hazel hazelnut healing shrubs healing trees health healthy soil heart health hedgerow hedging herbal herbal remedies herbal teas herbalist herbs holistic holistic planned grazing home homeless homemade wine homestead hope Hugelkultur humanure hummus hungry gap IBC tanks Imbolc incense increase yields Indigenous inexpensive influence inspiration International Womens Day jam keyline kitchen garden lacto-fermentation Lammas land landscape landscapes life lifestyle limeflowers livelihood livestock living labs logs lotion low cost low-impact Lush Spring Prize macerations Mangwende Orphan Care Trust market garden market gardening marmalade marshmallow mass heater meadowsweet medicinal microbes microfarm mimic mindset mitigation money moringa Mother Earth mulch multifunctional mushrooms native plants natural natural building natural fertiliser natural skincare natural swimming pool nature nature connection nitrogen no dig no waste no-dig November nutrition nuts observe oca October off-grid oil cleansing orchard orchards organic organic gardening outdoor shower oven oxymel oyster pallets pasture-fed patterns people people care peoplecare perennials permaculture permaculture design permaculture magazine award permaculutre permayouth pesto pests philippines pine tree pips pizza oven plant profile plants pollinators pollution polyculture polycultures preserving principles propagating protection pruning prunings psycho-spiritual awareness psychospiritual transformation rainforest rainwater raspberries recipe recipes reduce reed beds regeneration regenerative regenerative agriculture relative location relative matter remedy renewable renewable energy resources restoration reuse revolution rhythms rootstock rootstocks roundhouse roundwood runner beans sage salad salve Samhain schools Scotland scotts pine seasonal seasons seeds selfcare Sepp Holzer september septic tanks sewage treatment shade sheet mulching shrubs skincare sloes slugs small solutions small-scale smallholding social justice soil health solar solutions sowing spiritual spring squash stacking functions stock-free straw straw bale summer sustainable Sweet Bay syntropic systems temperate terraces thistles thrutopia timber timber framing tincture tonic toolkit tools transformation trees upcycle urban veg garden vegan veganic vermicomposting vinegar walnuts waste water water cleansing watering weeds wellbeing wetland wild edges wild food wild garlic wildflower wildlife wine recipes wings winter winter greens winter salads wood stove woodburner woodland woodland management woodlands worms yarrow year-round food yield young people youth zai pits zone 00 zoning

Cultural Emergence: A Toolkit for Transforming Ourselves and the World

Looby Macnamara
The Cultural Emergence toolkit is made for these times. It offers ideas, tools and practices to support us all, wherever our starting point, to step more fully into who we are and to bring our gifts to a world in dire need of them.

“Allow for the possibility of the seemingly impossible.” These eight words have been a kind of mantra for me the past six months. They have supported me in being able to move forward with manifesting my own vision for the future I would like to emerge, especially during a period of very stuck energy, locally and globally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The phrase is one of the principles of Cultural Emergence, a toolkit for creating new futures, developed over the last few years by People and Permaculture author, Looby Macnamara, and her collaborators, and springing from her meetings and discussions with Jon Young, leader in deep Nature connection and cultural regeneration practices from the USA.

When I heard that Looby and Jon were in conversation, I was very excited for what might emerge. I have thought for some time that the deep Nature movement could benefit from more design and that the permaculture movement needed some deeper connection practices. When I began to explore the emerging result, I wasn’t sure – would it be helpful? Was it just a lot of new lexicon? As I’ve worked with ‘cultural emergence’, the terms and concepts have settled in me and become immensely useful helpers. I understand now that this is how it goes. When we put one and one together we don’t know what we’ll end up with. Emergence takes time and is a process.

Looby’s book offers a comprehensive exploration of the toolkit as it has emerged so far. It feels whole and well developed, and it’s not finished. Like any dynamic system, the cultural emergence toolkit will continue to grow and develop as people use it and feedback into the system.

The book is divided into the three phases of Cultural Emergence: Challenge and Awaken, Move and Invigorate, and Nourish and Empower. Within each of these phases the core routines – ideas and practices – that activate each phase are explored and developed. Each section ends with some reflective questions and exercises that can help the reader begin to build relationship with the ideas. There is an awful lot of rich thinking here: culture, privilege and mindsets are explored; the design web is offered in detail as a tool for designing at all scales; deep Nature connection practices are set out and much, much more. At first glance the sheer number of ideas, routines and principles may feel daunting to some; they certainly were to me when I first encountered them. Whilst some people will no doubt get a lot from reading the book cover to cover, it will be just as useful as a set of tools for those who prefer to dip in and pick just a few ideas that resonate for them to feel into and use, going back for more as time allows or needs arise. Once you have an understanding of the phases and recognise them in your life, it is easy to use the book as a helper, turning to the phase you feel you need to activate in your life at any given moment and picking the core routines that feel good for you.

Readers of Permaculture magazine will no doubt feel deeply that the time for change in our world is now, if we want there to be a future for our great grandchildren. The Cultural Emergence toolkit is made for these times. It offers ideas, tools and practices to support us all, wherever our starting point, to step more fully into who we are and to bring our gifts to a world in dire need of them. It offers practical hope, that at this turning point in our human journey we can all be a part of emerging new ways of living on the Earth – ways that are connected, joyful, sustainable, that emerge from our gifts for the benefit of the future generations. What a gift to humanity.

Pippa James, mother, home educator, gardener, village builder

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Further Resources

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Tools for Transformation in a Changing World

Books

People and Permaculture
by Looby Macnamara

Articles

What is Permaculture: Part 1 – Ethics

About the Author

Pippa James, mother, home educator, gardener, village builder