Popular Power

Permaculture | Politics | Place


“Popular Power” as I employ the term refers to a broader political project that aims to transform society through egalitarian education and place-based social activism, organizing and ecological design. Popular power is expressed by movements who adopt various forms of participatory democracy, popular education, and collective power from the bottom up. As an educator, activist, organizer and permaculturist involved in leftist movements for the last 14 years, and as an Assistant Professor at Naropa University, I’ve developed this website to catalogue resources that focus on building and nurturing our popular power. I have three primary goals with this website:

Professional Website | This website serves as a professional development platform for Stephen Polk (that’s me!). I am currently in the process of earning a Permaculture Diploma in education from the Permaculture Institute USA. This two-year progoram requires that I document my progress in permaculture education, facilitation of workshops, and other related activity under the umbrella of popular power. As all education is a cumulative process, most everything I post is a ‘work in progress.’ 

Share and Disseminate: Use any of the materials on this site in any fashion appropriate to your social position, place, and/or context. And don’t hesitate to share your own work, whether strictly peer to peer, or if you are interested in having it published here. 

Online Learning Community: Ideally, it would be great to create an online forum where educators and activists can share their curriculum, their experiences in using the curriculum, modifications, what worked, what didn’t, etc. In other words, this site strives to be participatory!