Facilitator Livelihood Pathway design – Summary

A personal design, mapping out my pathway to people-based permaculture facilitation being a core part of my Right Livelihood.

People based designDesign Framework: design webPersonal designDesigned alone

Design period: November 2013 – May 2014

Client: Myself

Why is this design included?

This was quite  a pivotal design for me, where I suddenly felt like I had a good handle on using the design web. It is also one where I have tried out quite a few new tools and techniques, so I would like to capture and share the learnings from these.

It is also another example of a design web design, looking at a different type of system, but one which could be relevant to lots of other people when they are considering new means of livelihood.


To mark out a pathway for me to follow on my journey towards making People-based Permaculture facilitation part of my right livelihood.

Key learning

That I need to do more investigation and research into using Integrate, how permaculturalists creatively weed ideas and how the principles and ethics fit into it.

Top tips

  • Use lots of different tools and a range of the multiple intelligences in your designing
  • Make sure your action plan is in a format you will refer to regularly
  • Make sure you actively address some of your limits
  • Start with a few easy, early yields to build momentum
  • Include a variety of time frames in your goals so that you can evaluate at several stages rather than just ‘at the end’ once your learnings won’t be as valuable

Design tools used

Design tools used

Skills practised

Skills practised


I definitely actively considered all three ethics in this design, in the end I didn’t actually consciously carry them through as much as I perhaps could have. Fair Shares was definitely the one that I was least clear on and that I wanted to explore further.


I considered all of the Principles in this design, but as with the Ethics I didn’t necessarily carry them through to the actions as strongly. It also felt a little like I retrospectively applied them to my ideas rather than my normal approach of using them to inspire more ideas.

I am interested in the idea that the Principles are actually ordered with Observe and Interact being the one you should use first and prioritise. I would be interested to explore this idea further, maybe through reading David Holmgrens book.

The two principles which I connected with most strongly in this design were Integrate rather than Segregate, as I wanted to get maximum yield for minimum extra effort in my lifestyle, and Creatively Use and Respond to Change, as in order to meet my previous point I wanted to be able to take opportunities as they arose and not have to stick to a rigid plan.

Design Process

Design Process Diagram

Writing up and Evaluation

I have written this design up after I have completed one design cycle. I have not yet reached any measurable outcomes having not reached the lifelines included in my SMART goals. However, they are quite long time periods and I felt it would be valuable to evaluate my progress now and then start another design cycle to take me forward in the new context I find myself now having taken the some more steps on my journey.

I have not included in this write up the details of workshops that I have run and feedback I have received as I did not feel they were relevant to the process learnings I am focussing on here. For similar reasons I have not included great detail of the actions and outcomes.

Evaluation tools used

Evaluation tools used


There is so much I am appreciative for in this design, largely according to all of the other participants and facilitators on my People and Permcaulture Facilitators Training Course. All of the inspiration, support and feedback they have given me on the course and since, some of which I have credited in my write up, but they are too numerous to mention all of them. I am particularly grateful to Peter for recording my  design presentation as it was a great help in this write up to be able to listen back to it.

I am also very grateful for my weekly check-in’s and that I do stick to doing them weekly, which as well as providing me with momentum also are an invaluable record of my actions and reflections each week.

I also very much appreciate all of the people and events involved in the outcomes I have already all or partially achieved. And finally I greatly appreciate the fact that this right livelihood option exists for me.

Now go to the full design write up.

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