My guest for this episode is Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast. For the many of you who know him, then he needs no introduction. For those of you who hear “Survival Podcast” and wonder about how that ties in with permaculture, take the time to sit down and give this episode a listen.
Jack is the reason why The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann exists. Not the intro, or anything related to the technical side of recording and producing it, but the podcast with me at all. Many years ago I was introduced to his show, right after it started, and his work inspired me to devote my time to creating a permaculture podcast. Sure, if you listen to the early episodes things were a bit rough and rocky here, but they got better.
More to the point, however, is that survival preparedness is about planning and designing for disasters, something I devoted a show to a while back, as well as bringing on guests like Nicole Foss to talk about the possibilities and how to prepare for them. Survival and disaster preparation is like a Zone, Sector, and Vector analysis that we then use to mitigate the Vectors represented by disasters.
In this particular interview, Jack and I talk about his background, as well as how Jack reached the point of creating his podcast, and then coming to permaculture in his own way. From there we move through quite a bit like politics, including how the political system divides us and the things we have in common, preparing for disaster, and how we can use permaculture to build a better world by reaching out to the mainstream, meeting people where they are at, and showing that permaculture can work.
The show closes with my reflection on several of the ideas that Jack brought up in our conversation: a “Do-ocracy”, Voluntary Association, and Investing in the Now. My final thoughts run about 10 minutes so stick around after the interview to hear more.
If you like this episode you may also enjoy these past shows:
Economic and Financial Collapse with Nicole Foss
Trees and Professional Permaculture with Damien McAnany
Exploring Permaculture With Larry Santoyo
Ethan Hughes (Part 1)
Ross Crutchfield of Making a Homestead
Permaculture and Disasters