Pattern Mind
An Interview with Joel Glanzberg

March 15, 2020

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode Joel Glanzberg speaks with Joanna about: the origin of Regenesis Collaborative, regenerative planning and development; becoming conscious of the place where we live; giving back the love and freedom of a childhood in the woods; a life-changing reading of a spiritual vision; belonging to a living and sacred landscape; “Pattern Mind”, a forthcoming book about living in alignment with the patterns of Nature; living in a world of invisible layers; overcoming our shame and remembering our original instructions; the care that unites us; the ancestral use of disruption to develop more complex ecosystems; how do we learn from a virus…?.

Playing and working in the farms and forests of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the houses his father built, Joel Glanzberg was steeped early on in natural systems and people working and living in them. The rigors of a self directed education at St. John’s College honed his thinking and communication skills as well as the ability to work with groups of people. He has been a builder, farmer, teacher, writer, storyteller, naturalist, and permaculturist for over 30 years. HIs early work establishing the site and research behind “Flowering Tree Permaculture” is featured in both “Gaia’s Garden” and “Our Home” as well as Brad Lancaster’s “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Vol.1” and “A People’s Ecology”, Greg Cajete ed.

Joel is a founding Partner of Regenesis Collaborative, which came together as an integration between permaculture and Living Systems Thinking technologies. Its founding was a response to the realization that so many of the blocks to implementing Living Systems Design work were not physical, but in people’s understanding and thinking. Joel’s work with the Tracking Project provides another approach to understanding and working with patterns and the natural world, as well as techniques for accessing the minds required. Integrating these three ways of looking, thinking, and working has been the focus of Joel’s work over the last 10 years. The result is the unique approach he calls Pattern Mind. Joel has found that Pattern Based Design requires us to shift our minds to a pattern way of thinking and seeing. Tracking and Living Systems Thinking provide the “mind” needed to see, think, and work in pattens. The triangulation provided by these three perspectives has become his passion. The holistic experience of understanding natural patterns viscerally as well as intellectually and intuitively helps to integrate them into our lives and work in an even more powerful way. He is the author of the forthcoming book, “Pattern Mind”.



“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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