James Hardiman

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James Hardiman
Posted over 2 years ago
How attached are you to your deeply held beliefs? If solutions to global problems challenge your worldview, how do you react?
There are some interesting issues here. Science, as most of us understand it, is essentially a reductionist process; you have to identify and control all the variables. But what Allan has developed here is HOLISTIC management. This is NOT a reductionist process. We have become accustomed to two competing epistemolgies: science and faith. We need new evidence procedures, new ways of evaluating outcomes. I suspect that this is what I will find as I read the books, but I'm not there yet. Still, Savory says it took him decades to appreciate Smuts' ideas. I'll give myself four hours on the plane to Denver tomorrow! ;)
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James Hardiman
Posted over 2 years ago
How attached are you to your deeply held beliefs? If solutions to global problems challenge your worldview, how do you react?
I'm lucky ... before seeing the TED talk I knew nothing about any of this. As a gardener I have always believed in caring for the soil (deep beds, no dig, masses of compost, companion plants, etc) but the greatest amount of livestock I ever managed is three hens. So I had no paradigms. At least, not around this subject. And I have read Kuhn, and dealt with conflicting paradigms in the past (try submitting a post-grad thesis based on co-operative inquiry, as opposed to reductionist research methods!) And I'm an enthusiastic follower of the so-called "paleo" movement (enthusiastic, not religious!) so I'm delighted at the prospect that raising organic grass-fed beef could be an answer to so many environmental ills as well as human health problems. Now, how can we put our recent inheritance and life-time delivering management and personal training to good use to help others overcome their paradigm conflicts? Maybe running some co-operative inquiries into the life-changing effects of understanding and implementing holistic decision making into all walks of life. Anyone interested? In the meantime I'm reading the books.
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James Hardiman
Posted over 2 years ago
Campaign to get the UN to offer training to livestock owners and landowners in Allan Savory's Holistic Management techniques.
The TED talk inspired me to find out more. If you want a summary to post so that people can find out more, here's a blog post you can use: http://www.livefreefromobesity.co.uk/holistic-management-a-way-to-save-the-world-and-get-loads-of-grass-fed-beef/ I ordered, and just received the two books (listed at the bottom of the post). I'm only a few pages in, but I am already seeing that, as important as the range management is, under standing the decision-making process is prior, and prime. I am looking forward to seeing, and joining in, discussions with people who have read both books. There's more to Allan Savory (and all the many people working with him) than you can pick up in a 20-minute video, however good. Guess what I will be doing onthe four-hour flight from Orlando to Denver tomorrow!