Didi Pershouse

is creating articles, videos, learning resources, and regenerative community

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This is for those of you who want to provide general support for my work as a writer, creative thinker, and educator. You'll also receive my newsletter, which will give you:
  • a chance to have early access to my upcoming classes and webinars,
  • updates on what's happening in my life and what I'm thinking about,
  • photos from my travels
  • and questions to help you deepen your thinking about the living systems around you.
This membership tier begins at $3/month, but you are welcome to contribute more.
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Join our community if you'd like to have the option to:
1) Participate in our quarterly Community gathering on Zoom, where I pose questions for self-reflection and discussion related to The Ecology of Care and my other writings, on topics such as:
  • the microbiome
  • other species as essential workers
  • regenerative agriculture
  • the potential for a regenerative healthcare system
  • connections between food, farming, and immunity
  • and more!
2) Have access to recordings of our past discussions.
3) Be part of our private Google Group to connect and establish working relationships with like-minded folks and keep the discussion going via email between our quarterly Zoom gatherings.

This tier starts at $12, but you are welcome to contribute more.
  • General Support
  • Newsletter
  • Zoom Gatherings & Discussion Group

About

Welcome! I’m the author of two books: The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities; and the Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function facilitator’s manual that is being used in over 60 countries. And I am a contributing author to the new book, Health in the Anthropocene: Living Well On a Finite Planet.

My life's work is to reveal what's usually hidden and invisible—like the essential work of other species, the unique genius in every living thing, and deep relationships within entangled systems. I do this to uplift what is undervalued in our society: microbes, indigenous science, the working class. By revealing what’s invisible, and uplifting what is undervalued, my work evokes, and sometimes demands, metanoia (a completely new perspective), from those who come into contact with it.

I teach participatory workshops both in-person and online, primarily through the Land and Leadership Initiative, and am a co-founder of the "Can we Rehydrate California?" Initiative.

I am currently working on a series of articles and seed media—clearly written, scientifically documented fact sheets that writers, filmmakers, journalists, and policymakers can use as an accurate, reliable foundation for their own writing and reporting on regenerative approaches to land management. These will show how people can grow healthy soil and collaborate with the work of other species (plants, microbes, grazing animals, etc.) to cool and rehydrate regions, improve public health, and address many of our global challenges, such as flooding, drought, wildfires, refugees, and food and water security.

And I’m growing a community of people who are committed to developing our capacity to serve as resources for living systems (human communities, ecosystems, economies).

We explore:

  • Principles of healthy living systems that allow people, plants, animals, and communities to thrive and express their potential more fully
  • Principles for mutual resourcing that allow people to develop and share their own best thinking
  • Learning how to focus on shared aims and experiences to build bipartisan movements
  • Frameworks for decision-making and discernment
  • Ways of setting up conversations so that people learn from each other, rather than compete for attention
  • Shifting from judgement to curiosity with people who you (or others) find challenging
  • How to use, move through, and learn from big emotions without “going victim” (and help others do the same), so you can get to the clarity behind the clouds
We draw on examples of successful communities of practice around the world, observations of living systems, participants’ own experiences, and the wisdom traditions of experiential knowledge.

These are questions I’m exploring at every level. You can engage right now, by joining my Patreon community--which will give you a taste for the way I work, a heads up about upcoming courses, webinars, and recently published works, and a chance to dip your toes in and see if this is the place for you. I am also growing a community doing this work on a deeper level. If you think you are already there, feel free to reach out and I will tell you more.


Join now, or read on if you want to know more details about my current work.

I serve as a resource for a number of local, regional, and global projects and organizations. A few examples:
  • I spent much of last year helping the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization design hands-on experiences for farmers wanting to switch to community-based natural farming. This type of farming is helping to clean the air and water, eliminate toxic pesticides, provide food sovereignty, and regreen an entire state in India: currently engaging 750,000 farmers.
  • I serve on my town’s planning board, and I also serve on the Vermont state appointed Working Group for Soil Health and Payment for Ecosystem Services--helping to design a system so that Vermonters can hire farmers to grow a soil sponge that will prevent flooding and clean up the algal blooms in our lakes and streams.
  • I help a number of organizations design conferences that work to grow capacity (rather than passivity) in their attendees.
  • I was one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017.
  • I also appear on podcasts, speak at many many conferences, do interviews for films and books, and am asked to consult on policy.

The vast majority of this work is as a volunteer--because I learn from it, and it informs my writing and teaching. Our current economy wasn't set up well to support me, but YOU can support me.

For the past five years, I have been writing grants to support my work and committing a lot of time towards marketing in order to get courses off the ground. I'm good at this, and I have successfully supported myself this way, but it's difficult to switch gears from marketing and grant-writing to the kind of creative writing and deep research that went into the nine years I spent on The Ecology of Care, or the three years I spent on designing effective activities for Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function.

I spent three years visiting regenerative farmers and ranchers (conservatives and liberals), testing discussion questions at conferences, goofing around outside with high school students in hoodies, pouring dixie cups of water onto bread in front of policy makers at the state house, and trying out games with kindergarteners and Wall Street investors.

I did this footwork to find deeply effective ways that work for ALL people to experience the “simplicity on the other side of complexity.” When people get it, it matters. They suddenly understand how to make meaningful change in the world around them through simple key intervention points, and they know how to turn around and teach others. That’s what has happened with the “bread vs. flour demonstration” that I developed, that people across the globe are using to show each other why the soil sponge is the basic infrastructure that makes life on land possible--soaking up rain to provide food and water security, regional climate cooling, and protection against flooding, drought, and wildfires.

Will you join me in bringing this work more deeply into the world?

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