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Sense-Making in a Changing World

Author: Morag Gamble: Permaculture Education Institute

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Join Morag Gamble, global permaculture teacher and ambassador, in conversation with leading ecological educators, thinkers, activists, authors, designers and practitioners to explore 'What Now?' - what is the kind of thinking we need to navigate a positive and regenerative way forward, what does a thriving one-planet way of life look like, where should we putting our energy in this changing world and in challenging times, we offer these voices of clarity and common sense.

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In the new episode of Morag Gamble’s podcast, Michael Mobbs shares insights from his 50 + years experience living and breathing environmentalism and sustainability.Starting out as Australia’s first environmental lawyer in 1978, Michael went on to create an off-grid home for his family in the 1990s – right in the heart of Sydney. His passion for sustainability led him to write two books: Sustainable House, and, Sustainable Food.Michael’s off-grid home is featured in Zac Efron’s latest season o...
The most pressing question in these uncertain times may be how can we bring healing and protection to the Earth?Join me this episode the explore this question that Cynthia Jurs carried with her in 1990 as she climbed a path high in the Himalayas, to meet an “old wise man in a cave”—a venerated lama from Nepal. This question is the centre for both her work, her book, 'Summoned by the Earth', and our conversation - sharing her journeys around the world, from Australian Indigenous communities to...
I'm delighted to welcome Ansima Casinga Rolande to this final episode of our International Women's Series. I've worked with Rolande for many years now and I can truly say that she is one of the most inspiring people I've ever met.Rolande is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and is living currently in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda. In this episode, she shares her story of how she came to be in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, the challenges of life in a refugee camp and how she started...
Join me in this episode as part of our International Womens' Series to explore how we can speak up for women and climate with Osprey Orielle Lake. Osprey is the founder of Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, leading and inspiring a just transition towards a one-planet, democratised and resilient world.We discuss her new book, 'The Story is in Our Bones: How Worldview and Climate Justice Can Remake a World in Crisis', diving deep into the importance of worldviews of...
In this second International Women's Series conversation, Clytie Binder joins Morag Gamble in discussing her Churchill Fellowship research on composting and the hyperlocal systems she has observed around the world. Tune in to learn about the importance in 'handmade' composting wherever you are and how it is being used to address the climate crisis. Clare emphasises the need to prioritise household composting and avoid food waste as the first step in the waste hierarchy. She also explores inno...
Tune into this conversation as part of the International Women's Day Series with Helen Lehndorf as we share our deep relationship with nature - finding connection and empowerment in the edible landscape around us.We explore the practice of foraging and the concept of home as a sense of nourishment and connection with the land, discussing the journey of becoming ecologically conscious and the importance of being immersed in nature, in the city or the country.This episode a must listen for anyo...
Tune in for an exploration of sense-making with author, educator, and local government councillor, Leah Rampy.If you're looking for insight into what it means to live in a changing world, the importance of remembering your kinship with the Earth and how to apply this to your daily practices, listen in to this episode.As well representing her local county as a councillor and writing books, Leah lives in a cohousing community, leads a local food initiative called Save Our Soils and runs the mon...
In this episode, I welcome Ben Moody to explore a systemic way of reversing plastic pollution - a young regenerative entrepreneur with a big vision to clean the seas.Through his innovative business, Seven Clean Seas, Ben has managed to remove over 2 million kilograms of plastic from the ocean by working with a number of countries in Asia, engaging with communities to create positive local employment.He and his partners buy plastic credits from companies - a way to create a systemic solution f...
Are you a teacher, parent or student wondering how permaculture can be related to school? Listen in to this episode, where I welcome Rebecca Leek - an educator weaving permaculture into school systems across England.Permaculture is commonly associated with gardening, but Rebecca shows how it can help our approach to education too.From producing no waste to valuing the marginal, the principles embedded in permaculture can really help shape our schools into places of genuine connection and emer...
Tune in to this episode with Dr Ruth Backstrom - author, facilitator and public professor - to explore why we need to rethink our democratic political systems, what a new democracy could look like and how we can make it happen.When we talk about politics, we often associated it with the 'us and them' - the distant, polarised landscape we see in the news, and in our discussions with those around us. Instead, Ruth's idea of a new democracy rests on citizen assemblies - a place to make a differe...
In this episode, I welcome Eric Ressler - a digital designer helping social impact organisations myceliate their stories into the world through Design by Cosmic. If you've ever wondered about what goes into the behind-the-scenes of a social action group or wanted to start your own, this is a must-listen!As an organisation designer, Eric goes into the nitty-gritty of what the most important steps for catalysing real world change are - from how to activate people through online platforms to the...
Tune in to this episode for a conversation about regenerative business with the fabulous Emily and Josh Prieto - founders of Seeds of Tao, regenerative business educators, world explorers, and homeschooling parents.It was fantastic to chat about their journey into permaculture, moving to Panama, their attraction to regenerative design and how they are applying it to business. We talk about how you can make a permaculture livingAt the heart of their vision is the integration of permaculture de...
Join me this episode for an exploration into homeschooling with permaculture author-educator-activist Lucy Legan.I've interviewed Lucy before on this podcast after the release of her book 'Planet Schooling', a fantastic conversation about re-conceiving what education is for, how she teaches permaculture, has created living learning centres and school gardens plus her process of writing! Now I interview her after the release of her free eBook 'How to Start Homeschooling Your Children' - a fant...
In this episode, I’m delighted to welcome Robyn Francis - my friend and true permaculture legend. Robyn has been a part of the permaculture movement since the very beginning, working closely with Bill Mollison, and is a leading international permaculture educator. She’s initiated many projects around the world such as Djanbung Gardens, the accredited permaculture design training process, Jarlanbah Ecovillage and the Permaculture International magazine. When I was just starting out as a permac...
In this final episode of our special 2023 Urban Agriculture series, join me as I dive into a new way of approaching change-making and sense-making with William Padilla-Brown. William is a certified permaculture designer, a citizen scientist, urban agriculturalist, mycologist, phycologist, a featured in the film Fantastic Fungi and someone I consider a public professor of mycosymbiotics.It was great to meet William as he is someone I've wanted to interview for a while! Mycosymbiotics is what W...
Join me for the 4th episode in our 2023 Urban Agriculture Month series for a deep-dive into the workings of Denver Urban Gardens with executive director, Linda Appel Lipsius.Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) began as a grassroots movement in the late 70s - when a neighbourhood came together to create a space for local women to grow their own food. Now DUG oversees more than 200 community gardens over 34 acres in Denver, including 60 school based community gardens and 19 food forests - impacting...
This episode is part of the Urban Agriculture Month series, so I'm speaking to the wonderful Naomi Lacey - permaculture community gardener and president of Community Gardens Australia (an organisation I helped to start up back in 1995).She's recently returned from a 16 week research fellowship exploring national and regional community garden networks in order to bring back inspiration and lessons to apply back in Australia. Check out her guide on How to Start a Community Garden!We chat about ...
My guest this episode of the urban agriculture series is Paul West - a legend in the gardening world - co-founder of Grow it Local with over 30,000 members around the country, and partnering with hundreds of councils to bring monthly workshops of how to grow food in your backyard! (I've been delighted to contribute sessions)Paul is an author, broadcaster, chef, surfer and master grower. You might also know him from the TV show 'River Cottage Australia'. He’s on a mission to help new growers e...
This month is Urban Agriculture Month, so I'm speaking with the amazing Bjorn Low - creator and director of the Edible Garden City project in Singapore. We talk about everything from the context of urban farming in Singapore to connecting with indigenous food systems and supporting small-scale, closed loop systems.A proud recipient of the 2021 President's Award for the Environment, Edible Garden City is an urban farming phenomenon, transforming Singaporeans' relationship with food. Bjor...
In this episode, I have the pleasure to chat with my dear friend and collaborator, Christie Wilson. Christie is a clinical psychotherapist, climate activist and facilitator, working with people at the frontlines of the climate emergency.She wrote the Extinction Rebellion's Regenerative Culture Handbook, and has co-authored a recently published journal article on 'How to Become a Climate-Aware Counsellor: Supporting Ourselves, Clients and Communities'. Hosting events with Psychology For ...
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Jess Ledger

This is a great podcast full of hopeful people and thoughtful topics. I listen to it whilst gardening and it fills my cup even more. Thanks Morag!

Apr 14th
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Stephanie Cutmore

brilliant conversation so much nuggets of wisdom that is making me think even deeper on things, thank you

Nov 10th
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Dawn Fox

Oh gosh Yes Maria just says it all. Connection ! to people, the earth, food, cultures, diversity, sharing, learning, knowledge and so much more... this podcast blew me away! 🙏

Feb 2nd
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