My guest for this episode is Carol Sanford, author of The Responsible Business and her latest book The Responsible Entrepreneur. She also mentors permaculture practitioners, such as Ethan Roland of Appleseed Permaculture and the Regenesis Group, to connect our work with business world.
Along the way today we talk about her background as a university professor, and in business development for large companies. We also discuss metrics, principles, social structures, and many other topics that lead to a way to find the essence of our work. This essence is more than what we do and is bigger than ourselves.
We also talk about hierarchy, anarchy, and responsibility, as well as mechanistic systems, the human potential movement, and living systems. This is a fast-paced, dynamic conversation. Relax and hold on, there is a lot of information here and it’s worth your time whether or not you currently operate a permaculture or other business because these seeds of thought are useful in finding and refining your niche.
You can find Carol and her work at CarolSanford.com.
What stood out to me in this conversation is the role we can have as educators and also in finding our own essence.
As educators, we can draw out the ideas that guide someone and help them to discover their best practices. What works best for them? What matters? What matters is what we then make time for. Tying that to responsibility can allow leaders to get more done in a way that benefits Earth, themselves, and everyone else.
That idea of essence is important to me because it’s something I’ve been working through as your host of this show. What is core to what I do? What is it that is bigger than me that I enjoy so much about this? For a long time I thought it was about the interviews and the information, but the more I do this the more it’s about helping you on your path by making connections to different people and resources and using my social capital to do so. I want you to find your niche and I’m here to help you do that and to bring your vision of permaculture and regenerative practices into the world.
What is it that you currently work on? What is your essence? I’d love to hear from you.
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Jen Mendez at Permiekids.com has a number of interesting educational opportunities coming up. The first of those are her Edge Alliances.
On Sunday, November 9th, from 7 – 8 pm EST, Jen is joined by Marissa Gates, of PermaCognition, to explore how to Cultivate Holistic, Positive Patterns of the Mind.
On Wednesday, November 12th, from 8 – 9 pm EST, Jen is joined by Emiliya Zhivotovskaya and Connie Allen to discuss Everything Gardens: Designing Mind-Body Landscapes.
In addition to the Edge Alliances, Jen is also offering an Educational Design Course to help educators and families design holistic, integrated education plans useful whether you are homeschooling, unschooling, or want to enrich a child’s educational experience when they are not involved in another program or school.
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