A range of opinions were expressed in the workshop, but the general consensus tended towards the following ideas:
- In order to move forward a ‘benign dictator’ was necessary, someone who could collate other efforts and draw on experts. Catch and store energy.
- Any submission, while multi-authored, should be ‘owned’ by the Permaculture Association as completion entrant.
- Work on the project should happen on one place – at the moment work was spread across FB, Wiki, Google docs etc this is confusing and creates more work – Integrate rather than segregate. Efficient energy planning.
- Creating and submitting an entry to the competition must (and would) have benefits beyond the chance to win a prize. Obtain a yield. Each element performs many functions. The yield of a system is theoretically unlimited.
- Any entry should be ‘open source’, a creative commons, we should encourage other to steal our work – free as in speech and free as in beer (libre & gratis). Fair Share. Redistribute the Surplus. Reinvest the Surplus.
- We also noted that as a public statement of permaculture it must be good. Work where it counts.
- Questions of whether a good submission was achievable were raised. Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback.
- With a competition submission date of March 3rd 2014, we must aim to have a complete first draft by February 3rd to finesse before submission.
2. Economic Viability (and thus governance)