A History from the Future


History From The Future is a short story set in Central Victoria by David Holmgren, co-originator of the globally influential permaculture concept (and long term resident of central Victoria). It provides a vision of how important the strategies and patterns of RetroSuburbia could be in shaping the future for the better. The story starts in 2017  but the narrator is speaking from a very different world in 2086.

This story is based on David Holmgren’s big picture, over-the-horizon Future Scenarios work and is a long way from the practical solutions to living better in the suburbs but is within the active lifetime of children raised in todays suburbs.

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This edgy but inspiring story suggests we have lots of work to do now, to survive and thrive this, or a myriad of other possible local and global scenarios. This story shows one way the 21st century could play out in central Victoria. It is grounded in the possible and probable but gives hope for a prosperous way down. David Holmgren believes that what people do at home really can help shape the future for the better.

The retrosuburbian economy that is central to the story is already growing wherever folks are making incremental changes for the better, to their houses, gardens and lifestyles. In his upcoming book RetroSuburbia: A downshifters guide to a resilient future, he draws on his decades of experience of living and inspiring others to redesign their lives with permaculture and voluntary simplicity.

You can read an excerpt of the essay here.

A5 pdf file – 22 pages with colour pictures


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