We live in interesting times.
Britons of my era share the experience of having seen vast changes in technology, culture and language in our own lifetimes. The world of work has also been transformed.
Alongside the increasing domination of the world by our largest technocracies, we have also witnessed a growing awareness that social and environmental concerns are also supremely important. I am also aware that health, wealth and happiness are not equally shared out around the world.
This website brings together my thoughts, words and deeds as we work to address these issues and offer practical solutions through working in business and with the land.
You can read an interview here which sheds more light on who I am and how I think
I have lived and worked in the Scottish Borders since 1988, having previously spent ten years in London. My work has taken me around Europe, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and the USA. Born in the Coronation year, 1953, I feel we live in interesting times. Will future generations think of us as Elizabethans? Britons of my era share the experience of having seen vast changes in technology, culture and language in our own lifetimes. The world of work has also been transformed. Alongside the increasing domination of the world by our largest technocracies, we have also witnessed a growing awareness that social and environmental concerns are also supremely important. I am also aware that health, wealth and happiness are not equally shared out around the world.
At one time or another I have worked in construction (I’m an electrician to trade), transport, IT, training, design, horticulture, and business advice. I’ve been Managing Director of five different companies, and I’m sure if there’s something you could get wrong in business I’ve done it. I’ve also got a lot of things right along the way, and I keenly value the opportunity to learn from experience. My work has often involved me with the core of my clients’ businesses, (and there have been thousands of them!) so at some time or other I’ve touched most industries. I am passionate about entrepreneurship in its widest sense.
I have a Master’s Degree in Old English & Linguistics from Oxford University. It took me many years to actually make the connection that most of what I do is dependant on the use of language, and to revalue that educational start point. I am lucky to have a huge number of learning experiences under my belt throughout my life. Lifelong learning really is what keeps us going.
Historically I have worked a lot in biussiness mentoring and consultamcy and press and policy work. I am moving away from that to spend more time writing and focussing on the sustainability of our own home. I still teach sustainable design, and have written two books on the subject ‘The Permaculture Way’ and The ‘Permaculture Garden’ and many articles. As I age gently (like a fine wine) I return more to the things that matter most to me. Where I live, the food we grow, family and friends. And mostly importantly sharing what I have learnt with others.
With my family (wife Nancy, daughter Ruby and son Sandy) I am actively involved in the cultural scene including Scottish Traditional music, song, art and woodwork. We enjoy our garden, which supports a historic collection of Scottish apple cultivars and a wonderful range of bird life. Family is the most sustaining thing in my life. After that comes the valuable network of people that I draw on for creative progress, both for myself and the people I work with. Home is where the heart is.
5 thoughts on “About Graham”
One of the best teachers i know, a very inspiring man, a personal reference for myself and for all the students that learn with the New School Permaculture.
Thank you Graham for helping us see that the new paradigm of creative thinking is possible.
Very wonderful work you have done GRAHAM,for the good will to others.I as akenyan i would like to imitate your steps to become fully permaculturist.for kindly assist me with permaculture books and magazines. my andress are;Joseph Mwaura Ngahu,Box 1346-20117,Naivasha,Kenya.
Excellent GRAHAM, continue to be our role model in your society and as well all over the world for permaculture movement.
Hello, Mr. Bell. I just saw your reference to Mr. Frazer Darling describing Scotland as a “wet desert”. When tourists tell me how beautiful the Highlands are, I visualize the guys in Trainspotting getting off the train in Corrour and not understanding what their enthusiastic friend is raving on about. To me, it seems like Ground Zero with minimal regrowth. Acid soils, minimal biodiversity and no people. I am not a people person, but the pre-Culloden population WAS part of the ecosystem.
Yet lately I have been reading about efforts to maintain or restore peatbogs. I am confused. Could you possibly recommend some reading for me so can understand better? I am particularly confused by the bogs as a carbon sink concept.
Thanking you in anticipation, Jaya.
I am very enthusiastic as l didn’t know what l have been doing for or years actually had a name. I can see also you have taken it to a new level.l really don’t know why ppl would want to buy food when they can grow it ! This way of thinking should be taught in schools ! Juliette