0. Designing with Internet

Includes designing with multimedia, as Internet has made audio, video, stills, text, interactivity, etc. very easy to create & share.

According to this natural succession map (of civilization types), the phase we are now entering is a Planetary one.   We are currently (as humans) deciding between TWO distinct Globalization paths: whether this is going to be a Global Village or a Globe of Villages.

The Global Village 

is the vision of the multinationals, with a McDonalds in every town, everyone sharing one language (preferably English, but Capital will adapt to Chinese if needed) & essentially one culture.  You can see a version of this vision in the Project for the New American Century (although that is not the only repository of this vision: it comes in various forms).

The Globe of Villages 

is the vision of permaculture designers & the Transition Movement, together with the World Social Forum & other international people's platforms: an emphasis on human rights, multi-culturalism, sustainability, which comes with an essential re-localization of the economy in the matters that make most sense (in terms of sustainability & good design, e.g. most material goods, like food), & international exchange where that makes most sense (e.g. knowledge, information, education & essential goods that do require large-scale industrial manufacturing).

Internet is the Communications tool

Either vision is going to need, use & indeed rely on the global reach of communications technologies we now are mastering (or not mastering...), which will, very likely, be Internet-based.

So WHO controls & HOW we design Internet use is very likely going to decide which of these visions we end up with.  Both will require an effective Global Government: just by WHOM & HOW?

Designing with Internet

The more skilled Permaculture Designers & other Evolutionaries GET in co-designing an effectively liberating use of internet, the more likely we are to achieve the vision of a Globe of Villages, with a global government truly in the hands of the people, & an increasingly enlightened people, with the expanded consciousness this new & bigger responsibility does require.

The overwhelming lack of enthusiasm of permaculture designers in getting to grips with this technology, as well as the equally impressive lack of resources (time, attention, materials) put to the "invisible" & "social" elements of design (the permaculture version of the "Internal quadrants of the Integral Model) could be interpreted as a lack of vision or understanding of the importance of actively designing for the global vision.  

Digital Literacy Education

In 2003 Nodo Espiral of the Permaculture Academy started to unite a group of permaculture practitioners all over Spain with the vision of co-teaching a dynamic & continuously developing, comprehensive evolutionary curriculum (which we now call the Integral Permaculture Certificate curriculum, having expanded it to a year-long programme this e-book reflects).

We also very much took into account that digital literacy would be an important component of the education of future evolutionaries & permaculture designers, and so worked constantly to optimize our own chaordic working methods (a team of people quite dispersed geographically) & to learn to bring the same design genius & flexibility to this type of organizational design that permaculture is renowned for, even if usually only on the fixing ecosystems level.

The Mozilla Story

Vídeo de YouTube

"At Mozilla, we’re a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. We believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future."

Read the Mozilla Manifesto to learn even more about the values and principles that guide the pursuit of our mission.

The best educational wikis of 2011

Congratulations to ICTMagic, 2011’s Best Educational Wiki, and second-place winner Resources for History Teachers

Linda Yollis started the Educational-Blogging wiki in November of 2009.