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Bill Mollison and David Holmgren: the Permaculture Co-Founders

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David Holmgren

The Australian Bruce Charles, also known as Bill Mollison, lived from 1928 to 2016. Researcher, author, scientist, teacher, and biologist, Bill Mollison is famous for having co-developed and promoted with David Holmgren the theory and practice of permaculture.


Bill Mollison

Permaculture, as initially co-developed by Bill Mollison, is a contraction of permanent agriculture. Quickly, Mollison realized it was a system for permanent culture rather than agriculture. Indeed, to survive, a culture needs a productive landscape, a healthy ecology, and a circular economy.

Bill Mollison wrote several books (now used in permaculture courses) explaining, in detail, how to design a productive cultural ecosystem with the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

The design permaculture principles he uses are:

  • Relative location
  • Each element performs many functions
  • Each function is supported by many elements
  • Efficient energy planning
  • Biological resources use
  • Leverage of biodiversity

Want to discover the full list of Bill Mollison books? Click here

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