Holistic Management described by founder Allan Savory

A friend of my has been running a site (which I helped get online a while back), based on Holistic Management. The interesting thing about what they do is the method they helped bring together in Australia to regenerate land, and it goes against conventional wisdom, needs no amazing technology, and seems to make a lot of sense. Anyway the founder is a guy from Africa, who’s done a lot of great work helping to replenish what seems to be mostly human induced desertification that’s all over the world right now. When you consider our soil health is key to our food supply, and subsequently our health too, and you consider there’s plenty of people struggling just to get food on the table and plenty more even starving, you can see the importance of work like this. I know there’s many deeper issues that have brought humanity to such a point but while we look to address these, I believe of course it’s vital to address our basic survival issues as well.

Hope you find it of interest (See below for the article and video).

Reblogged from http://www.holisticresults.com.au/our-background/what-managing-holistically-is

Throughout our lives, the actions we take inevitably lead us, decision by decision towards one of only two possible outcomes: ‘what we want’, or ‘what we don’t want’.  There is no middle ground.

And here’s the thing: What one does follows, but never leads what we have decided to do.  Failing landscapes, social breakdown and financial stress follow our decisions, but don’t lead them.   This means that problem situations, even seemingly hopeless ones, can be reversed so long as the next decisions are sound.

The process evolved because one man, Allan Savory, took it into his head to find the root cause of land degradation.  He looked at all the common beliefs as to the cause, and one by one revealed they were each symptoms of a deeper issue.  He realised that the clever organism, humans, who have conquered the world in so many ways, were, decision by decision inadvertently applying management tools that were degrading the very resource base on which their long term existence depends.

Managing holistically utilises the Holistic Management decision-making framework. The advantage this framework provides is consistently good results when used in natural system environments, especially when managing land and people.

The process is ‘agnostic’, in that it does not ‘prescribe’ how things must be carried out.  People remain in control of their own destiny. No matter how difficult the current situation may be, decision by decision every decision can be directed towards ‘what is wanted’, which, as described above, means deliberate movement away from ‘what is not wanted.

People often wrongly associate a change in grazing management as the same as “managing holistically”.  It’s true that grazing does feature prominently in this framework, especially in seasonal environments.  Grazing is a ‘tool’ that is often used to execute a decision, but is never the decision itself.  Part of the breakthrough thinking that underpins the entire process was the realisation that decisions people make about how they manage their grazing animals leads either to improving or degrading landscapes—that is, towards what is wanted, or away from it.

To achieve ‘what is wanted’, some proprietary processes have been developed that help people make good grazing decisions.  The entire process is focused on achieving what is wanted and moving away from what is not wanted.

To support movement towards what is desired, for the first time ever there is now a financial planning process that completely considers the ecological and social consequences of every plan and program, regardless of the industry concerned. It utilises all of the decision-making power of this remarkable management.

4 thoughts on “Holistic Management described by founder Allan Savory

  1. telloutmysoul

    “He realised that the clever organism, humans, who have conquered the world in so many ways, were, decision by decision inadvertently applying management tools that were degrading the very resource base on which their long term existence depends.”

    Thanks for this David reminds me to look at how I view my soul – do I feel it, can I feel its degradation and do I want to change?

    “And here’s the thing: What one does follows, but never leads what we have decided to do. Failing landscapes, social breakdown and financial stress follow our decisions, but don’t lead them. This means that problem situations, even seemingly hopeless ones, can be reversed so long as the next decisions are sound.”
    I don’t know if you know that I’m probably coming from more of a biblical background and this describes very well what happens in Genesis when Adam and Eve walk away from God in the fall. That one emotion of arrogance or rebellion (not sure which one it was) leads to degradation, old age, and eventually murder. I think science is showing and DT is teaching that what we decide to do is governed by our emotional beliefs whether in truth or in error so if we want to clean ourselves up, we have to clean up our souls.

    Amanda

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    1. David Wall Post author

      Thanks Amanda, I know a bit about your background from our interactions on the forum. It’s interesting about the decision process that Holistic Management is all about from what I gather. If I was to apply that too, I’d say every decision we make from a soul perspective does one of two things as well – one, takes us away from or two, brings us closer to harmony with God. Harmony with God includes ourselves and everything around us. What I take from this if I was to apply it further is we can let things run their course in our own lives, we can abandon our gifts and passions, like the grasslands where the habitat for larger animals is deprived, and there’s little to enrich the ecosystem, and hence the microflora as well, and it just turns to desert. Our souls can just turn to desert just like the land around us but we can also make decisions that can assist the land to rejuvenate, we can too make decisions to help ourselves heal too. The real benefit I can see that connecting to God has is we can be assisted in this decision process, not in the sense that God would manage our lives not at all like that, but we can be guided decision by decision, every step of the way. It’s sort of simple from that perspective, hard though, or I’d be doing it all the time, but hey I don’t!

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      1. Amanda

        “The real benefit I can see that connecting to God has is we can be assisted in this decision process, not in the sense that God would manage our lives not at all like that, but we can be guided decision by decision, every step of the way. It’s sort of simple from that perspective, hard though, or I’d be doing it all the time, but hey I don’t!”

        I love those ideas. If we toy with the ideas about the “at-one-ment” condition or being “Christed” that Jesus and Mary are teaching, that God wants us to have a rich and full life..”in abundance”..in harmony with love and truth then can we look forward to a day when everything we desire will actually happen and all of it will be loving. These are the big themes of the Bible (if you can read between the lines or get the spirit of what it is saying). Unfortunately we as humanity are at a stage when we do not act out of love or integrity (me included). There was an amazing tv programme on recently here in UK about bionic parts being manufactured (mainly by the military) for injured servicemen and disabled people generally. A whole body was made using heart/spleen/kidney systems and bionic hands/arms and legs. These things have cost billions of dollars to develop and could benefit so many people’s lives. I just had this sense of wonder and admiration and then gloom that they would only be going to the richest of the rich at the beginning and then no doubt to form robot armies to take over from drones to cause maximum damage to an enemy and minimal damage to the aggressor.

        There is lots of great imagery in the Bible about deserts and water and bread. It’s amazing how that becomes understandable when I’ve learned about the importance of the soul and what can potentially transform it from an arid desert to a lush productive paradise.

        Amanda

      2. David Wall Post author

        “…transform it from an arid desert to a lush productive paradise.” That’s something I definitely want to strive for!!!

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