• We are finding ways of how to reach our vision and designing the pathway there.
  • We firstly require the functions or the needs – what are we actually trying to achieve with the design? What are the key themes and priorities? Breaking it down into manageable and usable chunks.
  • We think about what systems we could put in place that would fulfil these functions.
  • We are able to work the other way and think about the ideas we have and what needs they would meet, to help us determine the value of implementing them.
  • We can create flows of energy between the systems so they can enhance and support each other. Like a net, the more connections there are the stronger and more stable the whole system is.


  • The first step is to gather up all the information we have so far, and process it in something usable.
  • In this anchor point we move to making decisions.
  • Find at least three ways of meeting each of the functions, designing back-ups into our system – multiple elements for important functions.
  • For each system think of three needs that it can meet – many yields for each function.
  • Draw a web to make and examine the links and flows between systems. How do the inputs and outputs of one system relate to another?

This information is taken from People and Permaculture by Looby Macnamara.