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Jordan Osmond

Permaculture Tours Episode 1: Abdallah House

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About the film

Welcome to the first episode of our new series, Permaculture Tours. In this series we’ll be diving deep into some amazing properties designed using permaculture principals, with the aim of giving you inspiration and ideas on how to apply these solutions in your own life. In this episode we take a tour of Richard and Kunie’s property, Abdallah House, in Seymour, Australia. On this 1/7th of an acre property, the owners have made the most of the available space through thoughtful design of the garden, house, and marginal spaces. Find out more about Abdallah House and permaculture at http://abdallahhouse.com, http://retrosuburbia.com and http://permacultureprinciples.com

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Jordan’s Interview on the Untangled Podcast

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A couple of months ago I was invited to be a guest on the Untangled podcast hosted by Alana Helbig. I hadn’t come across her podcast before but was immediately interested because it’s exactly the kind of podcast I enjoy listening to. I love hearing personal stories about people transitioning into living in a way that heals the planet and also themselves. Perhaps it’s a kind of reassurance that I’m not the only person feeling the way I do about the world.

I hope you enjoy hearing my story, I know I enjoyed sharing it.

You can listen to more of Alana’s inspiring interviews on her website.

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Charles Eisenstein Interview

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“Going around New Zealand making a film … like that’s not gonna get you anywhere, that’s irrational, impractical, unrealistic…” Lots of people have asked about our interview with Charles Eisenstein for Living the Change – only a few minutes of the awesome 1.5-hour interview made it into the film so we thought we’d share it all with you. Have a listen to get the full picture of that quote 🙂

Watch Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future.

Below are a list of questions we asked Charles and the timecode they are answered in the video:

  • 1:06 – What are the ‘old story’ and ‘new story’ that you describe in your writing?
  • 14:37 – Where does the sense that a better world is possible come from?
  • 19:16 – What guides us in the space between stories to creating the new story?
  • 21:11 – How did the world get to where it is now?
  • 28:20 – Do you think advancements in technology can solve the problems we’re facing?
  • 33:50 – Do you see the current money system as a symptom of separation?
  • 37:50 – What could an alternative system look like? Would the current system need to collapse to make way for the new?
  • 43:24 – Can individual action create big change?
  • 48:14 – What is the wound of separation and how do we see it expressed in society?
  • 54:32 – What do you advise people to do in times of not knowing what to do?
  • 1:01:33 – Can doing nothing take you to a place of knowing what to do?
  • 1:06:39 – When you imagine the new story, what does it look like?

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Creatures of Place

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Creatures of Place is an insight into the wonderful world of Artist as Family: Meg Ulman, Patrick Jones, and their youngest son, Woody. Living on an urban 1/4-acre section in a small Australian town, Meg and Patrick have designed their property using permaculture principals. They grow most of their own food, don’t own cars and ride their bikes instead, use very little electricity, and forage food and materials from their local forest. We found their story super inspiring and we think you will too!

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Jordan’s Interview on the Subtle Disruptors Podcast

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While we were in Melbourne for the Australian premiere of Living the Change I had the pleasure to meet up with Adam Murray to be interviewed on his fantastic podcast Subtle Distruptors.

We discussed how I came to documentary filmmaking, the experience of creating my first film A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, and the latest feature-documentary from Happen Films Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future.

If your ears enjoyed this episode there are a bunch more episodes available on the Subtle Distruptors website.

Sitting casually with my sunburnt face after an hour-long interview in the sun.

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Restoring Paradise

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About the film

Regenerative agriculture offers a future for the sustainable farming of meat in line with nature’s needs, by using holistic grazing and organic/biodynamic practices and even sequestering carbon in the soil – so important in the fight against climate change. At Mangarara, in New Zealand’s beautiful Hawke’s Bay, Greg Hart and his family are in the process of restoring 1500 acres of land conventionally farmed for over 150 years into the paradise it once was.

Focusing on diversity of animals, plantings and practices they are creating not only a beautiful landscape but also a beautiful place for animals and people to live and thrive. Holistic grazing keeps the grass long in order to build soil biology, sequester carbon, reduce fossil fuel inputs and keep animals naturally healthy. The neighbouring farmers might think it’s a wasteful practice, but as Greg says in the film, “Waste is a human concept. Nature doesn’t do waste.”

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The Future of Food

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In this film, organic market gardeners Frank and Josje talk about why the supermarket system doesn’t work and how Community Supported Agriculture fits into a new story for food growing. CSA members help farmers to grow the best quality vegetables and to nurture healthy soils by committing to receive vegetable boxes every week for a season.

That way, the farmer can get on with growing great food and sending it direct to their customers, without having to accommodate the profit-geared demands of the supermarket chains, which drive conventional growers to produce less nutritious vegetables in ways that damage the soil. This is the future of food, a future in which both people and planet are healthier!

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David Holmgren Interview

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An interview with David Holmgren on permaculture, energy descent, and future scenarios.

This is the full-length version of the interview from our documentary A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity.

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Ted Trainer Interview

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An interview with Ted Trainer on ‘The Simpler Way’.

This is the full-length version of the interview from our documentary A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity.

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Graham Turner Interview

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An interview with Graham Turner.

This is the full-length version of the interview from our documentary A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity.

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