From ROB HOPKINS
My years as a teacher taught me that if one person asks a question, even if they think they are “missing something obvious”, chances are that many others are wondering the same thing. This is probably an opportune moment in the rolling out of this patterns approach to stop and take stock as to whether everyone is still with me here! This was triggered by an email I received yesterday from Kate Clark:
“As a member of a Transition initiating group (Transition Whatcom) and a huge proponent of Transition, I have a lot of respect for your work. However, I am finding the term and concept of “Pattern language” to be very vague and frustrating. I keep trying to make sense of it, as if I can find a ‘pattern’ in the language (repeat first sentence once, second sentence three times, then first sentence twice, then repeat the whole pattern five times?)! Can you send me a single sentence description of pattern language? Where is the pattern? What is the language- do you mean permaculture terminology? Sorry if I’m being dense. I’m a communications specialist, and finding this one to be so vague that I feel I must be missing something obvious. I have NO idea how to explain this to anyone else, as a result”.