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Radical Personal Finance

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Joshua J Sheats, MSFS, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CAP, RHU, REBC is a financial planner who teaches people how to live a rich life now while building a plan for financial freedom in 10 years or less. He mixes creative approaches to lifestyle design, deep-dive financial planning techniques, and hard-core … read more

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Designing Human Habitats for an Abundant Lifestyle: Interview With Ben Falk, Permaculture Designer and Founder of Whole Systems Design RPF0124

My guest today is Ben Falk. Ben is a really incredible permaculture designer with a comprehensive focus.

Ben runs a planning firm called Whole Systems Design. Through this firm, he "identifies, designs, and develops human habitats - landscape and infrastructure systems - that yield perennial abundance and enduring value. These are adaptive, resilient and secure places in a future of peak oil, climate instability, and deepening economic insolvency."

They also "plan, develop, and manage land-based wealth preservation and security projects for those with the forethought to invest an abundance of present day resources to reduce their familly's vulnerability to future food, energy and other supply-chain disturbances, as well as peak-oil, climatic, economic and other events."

The interview covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Ben's path from architecture to comprehensive design.
  • How to approach personal lifestyle design from a systems mindset.
  • How to prioritize needs and investment.
  • How he heats his house, heats his water, cooks his food, and dries his clothes in Vermont with a very small amount of wood.
  • How he grows 80 to 90% of his food intake.

My favorite quote from the interview: "Don't fight something that's wrong. Make a new system that makes the old system obsolete."

Enjoy!

Joshua

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