Principles and Guidelines for Designing a Permaculture Economy
Authors: Charles Paprocki and Wayne Weiseman
Like permaculture, PROUT provides a practical approach to creating sustainability by applying design principles that model natural systems. The difference between the two approaches is in their respective realms of application of their design principles. Permaculture design principles were originally developed as a method to guide sustainable resource management — though much has been done to extend their application into wider social realms. PROUT's design principles were developed to guide the comprehensive and equitable development of human potentials. So permaculture design principles and PROUT design principles each have their distinctive realms of focus. But because both apply design principles toward ends that promote deep sustainability and balance, they naturally compliment each other.