As the Permaculture movement has begun to address the importance of human systems to its agricultural revolution, the word has come to mean “Permanent Culture”. Imbedded in this broader definition is the work by permaculturists in the areas of community building and local economic revitalization. But permaculturists have not yet developed a post-capitalist, socio-economic paradigm of their own. It is the contention of this paper that PROUT can help develop such a paradigm. PROUT offers a set of design principles upon which to construct a local economy with the intention of meeting the basic needs of local people in an environmentally sustainable manner through the cooperative use of local resources and local labor.
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.