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By Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450–1516) – Galería online, Museo del Prado., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45147809

“Utopia” is a word often formed by a sneer, thought of by many as a lost cause for romantics and idealists. Many projects and communities dedicated to such ideals have failed when subjected to the harsh “real” world. How can anything like a perfect world exist, when the baser instincts of humanity threaten to tear asunder everything we build?

Yet, the desire persists. How many of us have felt the yearning to make the world a better place? In countless ways, many of us humans strive to bring more compassion and beauty into the world, and heal the suffering caused by poverty, ecological devastation, and war.

The plans and ideas found herein are my attempt to make sense of the problems confronting humanity, and map out the best ways to fix them. With a background in computing and software development, I have learned to look at the world we live in as a network of interrelated systems, each of which has interactions with other systems. Some of our systems are designed for certain purposes, others have evolved from necessity or habit.

From the intersection of systems thinking and ecological awareness springs a design system known as permaculture; a way of improving ecology and the human condition, with an underlying ethical framework that encourages us to use our powers for the greater good. Using these tools, I hope to change my life, and the world around me, to improve the world for generations to come.