David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator of the permaculture concept. He and his partner Su Dennett live at “Melliodora” in Hepburn, Victoria, one of the best known permaculture demonstration sites in Australia. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a permaculture lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability and resilience that are highlighted in his book, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. It has become the text that is expanding permaculture beyond the garden and farm to redesigning our lives in ways that reflect ecological realities. His more recent work Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt To Peak Oil and Climate Change outlines energy descent futures that could emerge over the next few decades. His latest work Retrosuburbia; A downshifters guide to a resilient future shows how the residential landscapes of our cities and towns can be transformed for the better by the residents. David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time.
Co-originator of the permaculture concept
In July 2017 Melbourne will host the Ecocity World World Summit, with a focus on Changing Cities: Resilience and Transformations that highlights the need to deploy expert knowledge – academic, professional, civic – to make cities resilient in the face of rapid change. In the months leading up to the conference, we will be featuring all the inspiring keynote speakers that will participate alongside principal speaker Al Gore.