Category Archives: Permaculture Design

Cynefin: Making Sense Amidst Disorder

This post is an introduction to Cynefin Sense-Making Model.

Cynefin: ‘habitat’ or ‘place’ – from Old Welsh, means a “place of multiple belongings; cultural, religious, geographic, tribal etc. We can only ever be partially aware of all these multiple belongings, but never all of them simultaneously.

The Cynefin Model is useful in recognizing causal differences that exist between system types and propose new approaches to decision-making in complex social environments. Cynefin is a sense-making model as opposed to a categorization model. Continue reading Cynefin: Making Sense Amidst Disorder

Choose A Framework For Your Design Process


If the Team Pulse Design Process is a skeleton, think of the various design frameworks within this post as the muscles and organs of a complete iteration of a design process. Time to “flesh out” your design process with a simple design framework.

For this example we’ll use the SADIMET framework Continue reading Choose A Framework For Your Design Process

The Chaordic Stepping Stones

The Chaordic Stepping Stones is a simple planning process that helps create the minimal structure needed to complete a given task – from planning a full-scale broad-acre permaculture project to long-term planning to smaller projects.


Excess structure often retards innovation and contribution, overloads certain individuals/components, and stifles learning, while too little structure can lead to Continue reading The Chaordic Stepping Stones

7th Generation Design Principle

The “what” to do of regenerating fractured biophysical systems is simple – at least when referring to the outer, physical world we inhabit. We know how to green deserts, purify air, plant the rain and create an abundance of food. We know how to build soils rapidly, grow forests of food and build healthy and completely natural shelter. Some might say we are drowning in the knowledge capital of regeneration. Continue reading 7th Generation Design Principle

Team Pulse Design Process

The Team Pulse Design Process is well suited to small to medium sized groups. It’s structure allows people that share a common vision, but perhaps have vastly different strengths, weaknesses, skill sets and biases, to function as a cohesive unit in achieving the end goal of the design process.

The Team Pulse Design Process emerged by necessity and pulls from many excellent group work and decision making methods.  This post contains working descriptions of Continue reading Team Pulse Design Process