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December 4, 2017

On the evening of the final day of IPC India, pull a white plastic chair out from under the thatch roof of a makeshift classroom and set it along the edge between a garden and a path. Have a seat as the sun sets and the evening stirs. 

Departure tends to begin before we...

December 1, 2017

Make: to form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; to construct or create. 

Shift: from Old English sciftan ‘arrange, divide, apportion,’ related to German schichten ‘to layer, stratify.’ 

To makeshift is to build—f...

November 30, 2017

We are asked to take a moment. Lower your hand to the ground. Run your fingers through the dry grass or press them into the loose clay. Pick out small fragments of wood, stone, and chaff, and roll them across your palm. Wherever you are from, and whether you hold an in...

November 29, 2017

Twenty-five year old Wycliffe Otieno of Kenya, Africa runs a youth center in his community where he trains youth to incorporate permaculture-inspired principles on their family farms. Using theater and dancing as storytelling and teaching techniques, Wycliffe emphasize...

November 29, 2017

Small and Slow Solutions

Waking in the early hours of the morning, the music of rural India pocks the morning soundscape: a chorus of warbling birds from the tall grasses of a nearby lake; the crackle of a wood fire heating metal buckets of water for morning baths; and...