Get in touch!
I’m especially interested in hearing from folks who:
- would like to bring me in for teaching or consulting
- are working on race/class/gender issues in permaculture movement building and curricula
- faculty and graduate students who are doing research on permaculture
If you are searching for information about permaculture projects, academic programs where you can study permaculture, or trying to get input on your project, please keep in mind the following:
I get a fair number of unsolicited emails from people requesting my advice, feedback, or assistance with their work. (I suspect this is true for every quasi-public figure in permaculture.) Right now, as I’m finishing my PhD, I have very little capacity to offer support to most of these inquiries. It might take me a while to even respond – though I will do my best to do so. When I do have capacity for this kind of pro bono consultation, you’ll be shocked to find that I favor questions from people who aren’t rude.
I’m deeply grateful for the vast majority of contacts I make through this site – so I say this not to discourage you from contacting me. I say it as a a preamble to some tactical suggestions for contacting anyone for help or advice – especially but not only strangers.
- Acknowledge that they probably have a very full plate already.
- Recognize that you are asking a stranger to share finite time and energy with you – likely without compensation.
- Express understanding and appreciation about the above two points.
- Spend time crafting a specific question (or questions).
- Spend time putting your question(s) in a succinct message.
And more broadly, it may be useful to reflect on the fact that there are – thank goodness – many passionately curious people brimming with questions, and 1000s of of projects very worthy of time and support. There are also many boring and persistent constraints on the people who you are hoping will answer your questions and support your project. So please doggedly pursue your answers and resources – and use a little tactical diplomacy. It will serve you well.