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Permaculture Design Certificate Course DVD Collection

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The Permaculture Design Certificate Course was filmed in September 2005 at The University of Melbourne. Using a professional production team. The entire course is presented by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. Each disc has (+/-) 4.5 hours of content, 58.5 hours total for the set. The last disc finishes up Chapter 14, student questions, the design assignment, graduation, round table and conclusion to the course.

There were 13 hours of the course devoted to students producing their designs (2 hours with Geoff mentoring, students also worked after class hours to complete their designs) the student design presentations (7.5 hours, big class! ), the graduation day, round table, conclusion, and the where to from here? discussion ( 6 hours). The entire footage of these 13 hours is reduced to a delightful 60 minute (+/-) collage for the viewer.

The DVD collection is suitable for use with NTSC systems and they were designed to be viewed via a standard DVD player. We are finding some computer drivers will not play the DVDs and we are compiling more information regarding this. If you are intent on playing the DVD set on a computer we cannot guarantee they will view.

NTSC is the format of choice for the countries where the greatest interest in our products is generated. In the PAL countries today, most TV’s, DVD & Video Players are both PAL and NTSC compatible and can display both types of video. We (in Australia) have played the discs, from beginning to end, many times during the pre-production process, on televisions purchased in 1994 using DVD players, purchased in 2003. Neither TV nor DVD player noted that they had NTSC capability, but did in-fact play the discs beautifully. Both machines also play PAL discs.

This disc set is REGION FREE aka Region 0.

There are six world Regions for DVD. Discs manufactured in one region will usually only play on players that were manufactured in the same region, so discs bought in the Australia will not play on U.S. players and vice versa. However, the regional coding system is entirely optional and discs without Regional Codes (Region 0) will play on any player in any country.

Some new late-model MacIntosh computers are having trouble playing these discs. It has been reported that, MAC stated these machines might be in need of a disc drive replacement. (Better get in before your warranty expires.) We were told there was a particular model of Mac that has disc drive issues. Discussions of this situation can be found on Mac forums. Or consult with your local Mac Dealer for help if you have one of these machines. No older Macs seem to have any issues playing the discs.

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Joao, August 13, 2011 (view all comments by Joao)
This DVD set/course was a HUGE disappointment. I had HIGH expectations for it, but I consider a disservice to Mr. Mollison (and to permaculture!, and to those who buy this product) that something like this was ever published and sold... This is not a tribute to Mr. Mollison (if that was the intention!) It is disrespectful!

Mr. Mollison is definitely not in his prime here... his mind wonders, he blanks out, he forgets what he is about to say, he can't remember words that he probably used all his life, his jokes are mostly tasteless and at times even inappropriate (they may be OK in a pub, when he is just having a good time chatting with some of his friends over a couple bottles of beer (would not be OK with my friends!), but have no place in a permaculture course, because they have nothing to do with the subject and are even disrespectful!) Mr. Mollison can no longer focus and stay on track and keep to the subject he is supposed to be covering, not even with the notes in front of him (and he says so himself and asks aloud, addressing his audience, why is he talking about this and that when he starts rambling...)

Age does not, unfortunately, bring only wisdom... Nothing wrong with aging, of course, we will all get there, but Tagari should be ashamed of putting out a product like this!

Mr. Mollison is even disrespectful at times, referring to other people's choices and lifestyles in a rather rude and insensitive way.

What I personally feel is that since this is a course, and it is paid time, Mr. Mollison should make sure lecturing time is spent conveying to a paying (and DVD set buying) audience the knowledge and experiences they seek.

It is evident that Mr. Mollison can no longer do that... so we cannot ask that of him... but then, it should be TAGARI's responsibility to make sure something like this never gets published. And I say this also because, or maybe above all and mostly because!, one should respect Mr. Mollison's contributions and life work, and make sure this kind of material does not abase the memory we will have of him!... He/permaculure deserved better...

I think each DVD could have been edited to a fraction of its playing time... The first one, probably to about 15-20 minutes of useful information at most... most of it is a total waste of time. It would have been also helpful if the DVDs where subtitled in English.

I hope this course was fully taught by Mr.Geoff Lawton!

Let me add that I have ALL of Mr. Mollison's books, and they are indispensable in any permaculture project/permaculturist's library; I recently also purchased some of Mr. Lawton's DVDs (missing SOILS which is on my purchase list and it's the only one I still did not get my hands on) and he does a much better job at lecturing, teaching, and sharing useful information with both experienced and aspiring permaculturists that Mr. Mollison does.

I would suggest that TAGARI considers editing this DVD series with Mr. Lawton only... or maybe keep a few of Mr. Mollison's interventions that are relevant to Permaculture. Or Mr. Mollison could maybe just participate in Q&A sessions... but these should be edited as separate chapters on each DVD, so we may be able to access the juice of the course, without all the fluff...

One thing is for sure: in the future, I will be buying any other DVDs that feature Mr. Lawton, but will refrain from anything that features Mr. Mollison, unless it was done 10, 20 years ago --- if noting else, out of respect for the man!

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gmpm1, May 12, 2011 (view all comments by gmpm1)
I viewed the entire collection twice, pausing frequently and taking copious notes. The DVDs would not play on my Lenovo laptop purchased in Europe no matter how I tweaked it; I had to view them on a DVD player connected to a television.

The videos track Bill Mollison's book, "Permaculture: A Designer's Manual," which is definitely worth obtaining and is, of course, much more detailed (at about 600 pages) than the videos. That said, there are a lot of annotations, additions, explanations, and anecdotes on the videos that flesh out the book.

The lectures are divided between Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, with a few delivered by both. Mollison is a real character and entertainer; a wily old coot. He's a lot of fun to listen to and there are many absolute gems of information conveyed. Nonetheless, this set of DVDs is very expensive yet Mollison spends at least 50 percent of the time telling anecdotes, jokes, trivia, and some taaaalll tales often only tangentially relevant to the topics he's supposed to be covering. If it wasn't my money at stake I'd be charmed. Bill was 77 when he made these videos and doesn't look well. His mind wanders repeatedly, but then all of a sudden snaps back with moments of real brilliance and insight. Lawton in contrast, packs his lectures wall-to-wall with useful material, and seems to try to clean up a bit after his illustrious mentor as necessary.

I think they could squeeze this material down to about 6 DVDs, cut the price in half, and come out with a better series to the benefit of all, especially to those who don't have time to wade through a lot of chaff to get to the wheat that is very definitely there.
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