Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

Reciprocity is an act that should occur not only in our social systems or the natural world but also within education and our hearts.

As humans we do many things simply so that we can be on the receiving end in the long run.  Permaculture is about evaluating what is already there so that it can be made more efficient and effective for all involved parties.  Being able to recognize positive and negative feedback loops within a system is crucial within project development.  Here at the University of Michigan, the permaculture satellite gardens help to establish positive feedback loops within the didactic learning triangle between teachers, students, and content.

The Didactic Learning Triangle

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“We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.

The icon of the whole earth is the largest scale example we have of a self regulating ‘organism’ which is subject to feedback controls, like global warming. The proverb “the sins of the fathers are visited unto the children of the seventh generation” reminds us that negative feedback is often slow to emerge.” –Holmgren’s Permaculture Principles