Wages of Rebellion: Chris Hedges talks of the moral imperative of revolt

Chris Hedges is a fierce academic and brilliant writer. The Pulitzer prize winning journalist spent 20 years in war zones, from Yugoslavia to Iraq and has seen US empire and corporate forces at their worst. This is his call for mass civil dis-obedience and he talks of the imperative of revolt. On Climate change alone we have no time left, yet his message is optimistic and stirring, this is well worth taking the time to watch.

Its not our job to take power, it is our job to build powerful movements that hold fast to moral imperatives that hold power in check. Chris Hedges


Donation by collectible artist Dale Marshall, towards our fundraiser campaign

NB the silent auction for this work ends on Friday 5th June at midday UK time (BST)

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Balloons, by Dale Marshall, this work has been donated towards supporting permaculture education @sector39

Balloons, by Dale Marshall, this work has been donated towards supporting permaculture education @sector39

Title: Balloons Charcoal #2.
Description: 38 x 51cm Charcoal and graphite on Rutland heavy grained archival 300gsm paper

Dale Marshall is a collectible artist practicing locally. He has generously donated this work on paper for a silent bid auction to support our project and our long term vision.

Please email your bids to : Steve@sector39.co.uk
If you win you will then be required to use the donations facility to pay in full at the end of the auction.

We would like to say thank you to Dale for this kind donation.


We are live on Crowdfunder


Live on Crowdfunder, from today, please support us!

Please consider supporting Permaculture Education, we are aiming to raise £600 via Crowdfunding to support low income students on our June PDC. We specifically want to help Ollie Boon and Stephanie Jackson of the Roots project to be part of our next course, they are just back from 4 years in the Amazon and launching their own Roots project.
the ideas, concepts and networking provided by permaculture design education will be the perfect support they need to advance their project ambitions and here at Sector39 we think this is the best way we can link with projects such as this one.

There is more info here https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/permaculture-design-course-bursary and payment links.

Many thanks in advanc,e any help is much appreciated!


Great biochar talk

Here is a subject close to my heart… and a fascinating subject with so much potential, biochar. In this excellent TED talk we get a good overview of the subject and some of its potentials. Something we will be discussing in our up and coming permaculture course.



S39Podcast and blog: The fightback starts here, co-ops and crypto

Here is the Keiser report, in this latest episode Max and Stacey speculate on Obama’s grasp of TTIP and liken it to a new form of slavery. In part two, helping heal those post election gashes and wounds; an enlightened and powerful conversation with with Green candidate Tina Louise Rothery.

Despite occasional (and forgivable) bouts of shrillness and a tendency to go a bit cartoonish when agitated, Max is one of the clearest anti-austerity voices out there. He is an ex broker, radical economist and the fountain of a lot of very challenging, groundbreaking and incredibly creative ideas. He’s backed up with razor sharp analysis from side kick Stacey and while maintaining an in-touch everyman stance, seems to be able to pull in anyone he chooses from the world of politics, finance and celebrity to fill the visitors chair for his second half interviews.

My podcast has a way to go to reach this kind of quality and fluidity of dialogue, but I am keen to help find a permaculture voice and narrative on the events going on around us, so I hope practice will help me improve. I also look forward to collaborating more with others, once we are set up in the new office.

.What was really apparent to me in the whole election process is that the environment, climate change and the energy crisis failed to be the areas of debate and the tightly controlled frame that defines the arena of political discussion stayed closely focussed on red herring issues like immigration.

And of course and here is where Max is right, what underpins it all is the economy. We are hooked to the growth economy, the very thing that pits us at odds with the environment and each other. We are still pursuing the politics and economics of scarcity and failing to see the potentials of abundance. Please listen below for some more thoughts on that and related subjects!

Download: S39Podcast007


Podcast006: Dragons, politics and farming

Podcast006: Dragons, politics and farming

This is where your food comes from. Much of our veg and salad is grown 2000km away in Spain, in an arid area. Much of the work is done by extremely low paid migrant labour from North Africa. Not exactly the most resilient way to feed the UK.


In the latest edition of our podcast:

  • We talk to Ian Steel at Treflach farm, about setting up sustainable food businesses and to get a perspective on farming over the last 6 decades and his experience of hosting a series of Permaculture Design Courses with Sector39.
  • We spend a little time pondering what would be in the Sector39 political manifesto, if it were to have one and we announce news of our latest exciting co-operative venture.
  • All this and a selection of top world music to keep you up to date on permaculture in the Mid Wales here at Sector39

Podcast006 (download Here)
Apologies for poor sound quality on the farm interview – it is still well worth hearing

Play Podcast 006