Which way bioregioning?

Recently I read a review by Mike Small about the exchange of letters between the pioneer urban and environmental planner Patrick Geddes, a Scot, and Lewis Mumford, his USA disciple, who went on to set up the Regional Planning Association.

I regard them as pioneering bioregioners working around 100 years ago and am looking to reading their correspondence.

We need to pay careful attention to how we develop the concept of bioregionalism in these islands. Mike Small says in his review that, whilst Geddes was radical in his thinking, his ideas became watered down to the point where they became, in his words, “technocratic paternalism”.

Against this view, Mike posits “decentralisation, self-management and mutual aid”. This aligns with how I would like to see bioregionalism developing here. What do you think?

About edwardtyler

I live in Kintyre, the long peninsula acting as a natural breakwater for the Firth of Clyde, west of Glasgow. A Permaculture and Transition practitioner, I am working with fellow community activists to co-create a resilient and vibrant local bioregion.


  1. Absolutely agree – ‘decentralisation, self-management and mutual aid’ are essential to the bioregioning approach. They allow for the diversity and the unpredictability of the future we face. The globalised economy cannot be sufficiently responsive and flexible to allow adaptation at the local level in a time of climate chaos.

    • edwardtyler

      See good news story in latest post today from Clachan – shows how the Scottish Land Fund is helping decentralisation, self-management and mutual aid.

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