Argh, another post with strange sounding words in the title. I’ll try very hard not to write another one for a while now .
Let’s keep this as short as possible.
As I mentioned in my post about SADIMET, OBREDIMET and CEAP, SWOC analysis is a useful tool you can use to make sense of information that you gathered in the first phase of SADIMET – Survey. You use it in the Assess phase.
Constraints (or Challenges)
SWOC analysis is essentially the same as SWOT analysis, most commonly used in business. There, the first two components – Strengths and Weaknesses – are internal in nature (i.e. they are the features of the company or businessman), while the other two – Opportunities and Threats – are external (i.e. dealing with market conditions, global economy etc.).
In permaculture, no such clear distinction can be made. The closest we can get is to say that the Strengths and Weaknesses are characteristics of the intended design (a forest garden, a mandala garden, …) and the actual site, while Opportunities and Constraints account for our personal wishes and worries, as well as of those that might be affected by it.
OK, when you’ve got the Assess phase of SADIMET covered, the next step is to Design. One of the many methods that are at your disposal are the PASTE sheets. It’s a very simple tool, actually. Here’s an example.
SWOC analysis and PASTE sheets are just two of the many different weapons in the permaculture arsenal.
Do you know any other? Have you ever used it? Would you like to know more about any one specific? Say it in the comments!
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