Here’s an introduction to the series, The Lost Stories, the writing of Bill Mollison as it appeared in the pages of Permaculture International Journal.
In the years after quitting university teaching at age 50, Bill spent time travelling. Africa was one of the stops he made. No tourist, Bill would check out how people lived, the resources they used to sustain their lives and the sustainability of those resources. By the time Bill wrote this story. Permaculture International Journal had moved to Sydney and it was there this report on his visit to Botswana was edited into the Journal.
The Lost Stories are Bill Mollison’s articles published in the print magazine originally named Permaculture, then International Permaculture Journal and finally the Permaculture International Journal that was published between 1978 and 2000. All stories and other content ©Permaculture Australia unless otherwise noted. Story by Bill Mollison, 1988. Edition 29. Feature photo: Bill Mollison and Robyn […]
Bill Mollison reports on the Trust-in-Aid fund set up to provide permaculture education and local development in lesser-developed countries in this 1987 article.
It has long been evident that if ethical groups could combine to direct their financial and consumer power they would be the largest unified world body in history, writes Bill Mollison in exploring the potential for a world organisation representing citizens rather than corporations and governments.
Bill Mollison’s interests ranged far and wide, and building was one of them. In this brief story Bill reports on a construction techniques for barns and houses.
The Trust-in-Aid scheme represents an early foray into international development by a then-young permaculture movement. This article by Bill Mollison describes some of its intentions.
In 1985, the idea of assisting communities in developing countries develop self-help initiatives based on permaculture design was in gestation. In this article, Bill Mollison reports on both ideas and progress.
Writing in 1983, Bill Mollison discusses the state of our desert areas and Aboriginal desert foods and settlement.
In this 1983 story, Bill Mollison offers a criticism of the conventional approach to Aboriginal affairs and outlines a different approach based on local development and self-management.