Ways of observing

Posted on ma 19 april 2021 in tools • Tagged with ways of observing

The Nine Ways of Observing come from The Earth Path, a book by Starhawk.

I have used this tool in all my designs. I find that good, thoughtful, long observation is key to making good, thoughtful and effective designs.

  • I wonder...
  • Observing energy
  • Observing flow
  • Observing communities
  • Observing patterns
  • Observing …

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Tracking flows

Posted on zo 31 januari 2021 in tools • Tagged with flow, practical, survey

Let me shed a little light on how I record, track, and plot various streams across my domain.

I have a git repository that holds my records. I clone this repo across the various machines I use. It contains records pertaining to the flows of: money, energy, water, CO₂ and …

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Designer's Toolbox

Posted on wo 06 januari 2021 in tools • Tagged with permaculture, toolbox

A toolbox contains a set of useful tools for artisans to use. A carpenter's toolbox has hammers, chisels, planes, etc. A plumber's toolbox has wrenches, nuts, pieces of pipe, etc.

A permaculture designer's toolbox contains tools useful for designing with permaculture. I have documented a few on this site. I …

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Forms of capital

Posted on zo 18 oktober 2020 in tools • Tagged with forms of capital

I got this originally from an article from Appleseed Permaculture on 8 forms of capital from April 2011. I have added energy as the overarching type of capital as it is the basis for all the complexity and beauty we experience daily in our lives. To give you but one …

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Personal Philosophy

Posted on do 01 oktober 2020 in tools • Tagged with vision, attitudinal principles, reiki principles, adaptation principles, NVC

Putting together a personal philosophy can be helpful for focussing your energy. Keep it as a daily reminder in your journal, calendar or hang them somewhere you regularly see them.

Below are a few examples of personal philosophies. There are many more to choose from. You will notice recurring themes …

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Posted on ma 28 september 2020 in tools • Tagged with permaculture, PMI

PMI stands for Plus, Minus, Interesting. It is an analysis tool for ranking between different options to find the one that may be best among the available alternatives at this point in time.


When in a group, someone presents the different options. For every option, the other participants give …

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Sevenfold Wheel of Thought

Posted on do 03 september 2020 in tools

This is a tool I came across not too long ago. It can be used in discursive meditation.

The tool takes seven questions and combines them with seven concepts. So, if you have no clue on how to approach a subject, concept, text, image or other object to meditate on …

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Learning Journey

Posted on do 28 november 2019 in tools

This learning journey or guided journaling is sourced from precencing institute. See their guided journaling description for more details.

1. Challenges:

Look at yourself from outside as if you were another person: What are the 3 or 4 most important challenges or tasks that your life (work and non-work) currently …

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Posted on ma 12 augustus 2019 in tools • Tagged with PMI, CARVER matrix

This tool is an extension of a PMI analysis. It uses six categories for ranking. Where in a PMI the focus is on finding plusses and minusses in which ever way you can think of, the CARVER matrix specifies what to think about and the focus is on ranking those …

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Posted on zo 17 maart 2019 in tools • Tagged with permaculture, practical

On Saturday 2019-03-16 I followed a course in hedgelaying. Heg&Landschap organized it in a village close by. Lex Roeleveld was the instructor.

From Wikipedia:

[...] The aim is to reduce the thickness of the upright stems of the hedgerow trees by cutting away the wood on one side of the …

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