Hi, this is Geoff.

We just wrapped up another 10-day Permaculture In Action workshop (last one in 2018 is in December), and are about to start our once-a-year Earthworks course. If you’re a fast mover and can get here in 48 hours, we’d love to have you.

Last week’s Friday Five was one of our lengthiest, so let’s keep today’s short and sweet.

Instagram photo of the week: Most posts on Instagram are just pretty photos with few, if any, words (which is fine, of course, since Instagram is supposed to be about photos 🙂 ) But one of this week’s entries on our Instagram page is more than that: a great pic and a nice write-up that combines content and soul. Check it out here. Thanks, Darren!  

Silicon Valley and “chickens 2.0”: Speaking of chickens, I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw comedian Ronny Chieng’s take on chicken coops (and bees!) in the world’s technology epicenter.  

Disaster-resilient city: “Plans for the $14 billion development — which will be larger than Manhattan — call for drones, driverless cars, technologies that will reduce buildings’ water and energy usage, a giant sports complex, and plenty of green space.” Not everything in this is perfect, but I appreciate the fact that many of the things we consider when doing permaculture design have found their way in the planning of this city in the Philippines. A photo-essay overview of these plans can be viewed and read here.

Deep Time: Maria Popova, founder and editor of the website, Brain Pickings, recently reviewed Oliver Sacks’ The Island of the Colorblind, written more than 20 years ago, but still relevant today: “More than a century after the great nature writer Richard Jefferies […] considered how nature’s beauty dissolves the boundary between us and the rest of the natural world, Sacks considers the smallness of the word beauty in holding this expansive sense of awe in nature: ‘The primeval, the sublime, are much better words here — for they indicate realms remote from the moral or the human, realms which force us to gaze into immense vistas of space and time, where the beginnings and originations of all things lie hidden.’” Popova’s full review, including links to related writings by Sacks, can be read here.

In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

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That’s it for the Friday Five. As always, if you have any comments / reactions / or a different point of view, please share below.

Cheers, and have a great week,

Your friend,