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Building at Unity College That Housed the 2014 Permaculture Convergence for the Northeast

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The 60's and 70's rock band, the Who, often smashed their instruments at the end of the song, "We Won't Get Fooled Again." Within the violence of entertainment, they expressed the anger, frustration and powerlessness of us modern human beings living in our modern world.

In the powerful expression of what many of us feel, the lead singer screams horrifically in expressing the violent throngs of our powerless frustration:

"Meet the new boss

Same as the old boss!"

What's the message behind this? "Ah, what's the use?! Same sh*t, different day!"

Is their act of smashing instruments into a stage in front of thousands of fans simply a reflection of how powerless they felt? More to the point, was the song and theatrics a reflection of how powerless we believe we are?

What if our being passive and powerless was found out to be a lie?

How long do we continue to passively allow for new bosses that are the same as the old bosses?

Can we build something different?

My wife Merry and I asked this question (not in the above format) at a round-table discussion for a Northeast Permaculture convention.

In our roundtable, participants shared their visions for a more resilient, just, abundant, and Earth-friendly future. The purpose of the roundtable was to offer participants the opportunity to share their vision with other participants, with friends who couldn't be at the round-table, and with YOU, a worldwide audience reading this article on OEN.

The round-table took place on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at The Northeast Permaculture Convergence, a Friday to Sunday gathering at the MOFGA fairgrounds in Unity, Maine.

Permaculture Convergences happen all over the world. In fact, the very first North American Convergence is happening later this year. However, the Northeast Permaculture Convergence is one of the longest continuously running (without interruption) gatherings that we know of in the permaculture world!

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)
 

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