The shared patterns of indigenous culture, permaculture and digital commons

Via Scoop.itPermaculture Design Review

Joline Blais’ 2006 essay, “Indigenous Domain: Pilgrims, Permaculture and Perl,” is a wonderfully insightful analysis that reveals the underlying unity and logic of commons principles. Blais is Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Maine at Orono, and and Cofounder of LongGreenHouse, a project described as a “cross-cultural partnership” that “weaves together indigenous culture, permaculture, and digital culture.” One of her more provocative insights is the idea that nature’s alternative to capital is “catchment.” Catchment is “nature’s method of wealth accumulation and energy storage.”