Apr 082020

Chapter 1

Holistic Management offers people a way to make decisions that will move them toward what they want, not in reaction to what they don’t want. In a world where resources are becoming more limited, a thinking process that helps us think about long-term consequences is a valuable asset. While such changes go against our instincts, putting effort into having a holistic worldview will give us a firmer sense of being.

Chapter 2

Water Cycle- movement of water and how it affects plant and animal life

Mineral Cycle- movement of minerals or nutrients and how it affects plant, animal, and human life. Effective vs ineffective cycle.

Energy Flow- movement of energy through the sun through all living or once living beings. Everything in our ecosystem depends on the plant’s ability to capture sunlight and convert it into a form that feeds everything else.

Biological Community- interactions and interrelationships that exist among species that function as wholes or communities. Our biological communities are always changing due to plants and animals being born, aging, dying, and decaying. The key to advancing any biological community is soil cover.

Non-brittle environment- moist year round, often difficult to create large areas where the soil in between plants is bare.

Brittle Environment- erratic rainfall and humidity, becomes very easy to create large acreage where the soil is bare between plants.

Chapter 3

The importance of communication in decision-making can greatly influence holistic goals. Learning to use proper language can affect and influence group results. Learning to listen and build off the motivation of others will pull the group towards their goals more effectively then working as a individual. Listen to someone with the intent to understand their words, not refute them. Making the most out of the intelligence your group has to offer will help produce the intended outcome.

Apr 082020

4/8/2020 Robert Urie

Forming a Holistic Goal Exercise

Quality of Life

  • Live in harmony and balance with nature
  • Remain happy above all else
  • Be of service to others in order to live with purpose
  • Financial security
  • Family
  • Debt free

Behaviors and Systems

  • Balanced time management
  • Open mindedness
  • Produce an income from work or trade

Vision- how will you sustain your quality of life?

  • I aim to be an influential member of the community
  • To continue to be of service to others
  • Protector of the community and surrounding land we sustain for agriculture and conservation
  • To set an example for the coming generation and interns to AnthensOwn
Apr 082020

4/8/2020 Robert Urie

Creating a management inventory is the first step in the Holistic Management goal setting process. Three components to consider in this process are the decision makers, the resource base at their disposal, and available money.

Some assets I have in my inventory will include a good work ethic, a vehicle/tools, kindness, and gratitude. My love for nature and it’s well being will also be beneficial to me in my holistic decision making process. I also look forward to working with the other decision makers in the community to gain better insight on how this process works. I believe I have a lot to offer in regards to this process. My service to others is another key asset I can offer.

Key questions to ask along the way:

  • Who makes the decisions?
  • Who influences are decisions?
  • Whom do we affect or influence?
  • What possessions do we rely on and can offer?

Who are the primary decision makers?

  • Land owners of Broadwell Hill Learning Center
  • Surrounding community
  • Mother Nature
  • Family


  • Tools/Truck
  • Community Associations
  • Broadwell Hill Learning Center
  • Family and Friends

Money Available?

  • Small Savings
  • Value of assets such as tools and vehicle
  • Money will need to be set aside for insurance, savings, and personal needs.
Jul 082019


Jacob Faller

The following document is an analysis of the current state of the world. It is a fluid document that changes.
This iteration is a summary of the causes contributing to what I perceive as global crisis; it includes most of the previous iteration by Athens’ Own. Some of these causes have overlapping variables, but I have chosen to list such variables under a single point for the simplicity of this list.

The original concept behind Athens’ Own creating this list was to start a singular document that individuals and groups could use to holistically view the state of the world; weigh the potential benefits of decisions/initiatives towards any of the CSA variables; and align one’s decisions with others who may be/are working towards any of these variables.

Jul 082019


You can’t make meaningful decisions without having a goal to aim for first. And you can’t aim for a goal if you don’t know what resources you have (money, people, organizations, skillsets), or who has influence on whether you reach your goal. Most importantly, no person or group of people can create positive change without a plan, the tools and systems to monitor that plan, and a comprehensive understanding of systems thinking (how every action affects all things.) Holistic management is the framework that provides this understanding. It gives anyone the tools they need to set a goal and achieve it. Without the type of thinking, tools, and systems that holistic management provides, we will not accomplish any sustainable positive change in our country or on this planet.

The “Quality of Life” section of a holistic goal is fairly self-explanatory. “Behaviors and Systems” are what has to happen for the Qualities of Life to become real. “Vision” is a person’s vision of the future; the life their Qualities of Life will produce.

I’ll end with a quote from At Home with Holistic Management, originally found in a church in Essex, England:

“A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision and a task is the hope of the world.”

May 242019

3/22/2019 by SOFB

Last week I had noticed a distinct noise while driving the Ford Ranger for deliveries in Athens. Similar to a squeaky belt, but more metallic and harsh, the sound was coming from something that was rotating, but I couldn’t determine where from. I pulled over and called AAA to get a tow back to the house.

Earlier, I has driven a short distance with the parking break engaged, so it was suspected that something in the break assembly had broke. This had potential to lead to the break pads being eroded, and was a major reason why we decided to tow the truck. After removing the break assemblies and determining this wasn’t the cause, Con moved to the differential, which allows the outer wheel to rotate faster than the inner wheel while turning. He had known there was an issue with it for some time. Wear on the end of each axle from the bearings and a soaked left break indicated an oil leak, and the high leakage rate indicated low oil in the differential. After removing the cover of the differential he discovered that it was indeed dry. None of these symptoms, however, indicated the noise I had heard while driving.

After lubricating the axles, axle bearings, and differential, and reassembling them, Con started the Ranger and turned the wheel, only to hear the same problematic noise. With the knowledge that turning the wheel turns the drift shaft, he removed the drive shaft and found that its rear u-joint bearings also had no lubrication. Lo and behold, the source was revealed!

We are currently in the process of ordering new bearing assemblies for the u-joint; the current ones have too much wear from lack of lubrication. We tried and failed to buff out the wear on the bearing housings. If we take away too much metal, the diameter changes and the bearings will not fit snugly inside.

Two important lessons have arisen from this experience, the first being to be attentive to a vehicle while driving, especially if you do not have the skill base to determine if it’s safe to drive with or fix whatever problem may arise. The second lesson is to monitor a situation even if you think you’ve solved the problem. Con could’ve stopped after the differential and not bothered to check on the noise before signing off on the Ranger; but, he was thinking holistically, with foresight, and discovered what is now suspected to be the source of the noise I heard. By monitoring a known symptom, he was able to find its source before any more damage was caused.

Feb 222019



The Athens’ Own Intern Handbook compiles many of the ideas presented throughout this intern website, whether through information AO has provided, or through intern logs. It is the essential guide for interns to follow while working with Athens’ Own, but also contains principles that can help anyone towards their goals. Below is a summary of the handbook:

Guiding principles and procedures include a tailored experience, an interns maintenance of running work logs (for reflection, communication, and progress reporting), mutual learning, a desire for “life-long learning”, adherence to established AO communication systems, open discussion, experiential learning, and development of a personal holistic goal (search the web for Allan Savory and Holistic Management for further info).

Athens’ Own goals for interns are to “awaken”/increase systems thinking, community involvement, networking, and community resilience.

Internship learning objectives include an increased sense of purpose through resilience, holistic and systems thinking, informed decision-making, adaptive strategies through holistic management, incident command systems, the Worker Readiness Certification, and resilience theories/practices.

Athens’ Own expects interns to do their best, enthusiastically participate, improve themselves through “life-long learning”, be humble, respectful, eager, and adhere to established AO communication procedures.

Athens’ Own promises to create a tailored experience, integrate an interns goals with that of Athens’ Own, provide hands-on learning, develop new skills/ideas, certify an intern as a high quality worker through the Worker Readiness Certification and one-on-one mentorship, and increase an intern’s resilience. [End of handbook summary]

An Athens’ Own internship is a mutual learning arrangement, which requires a mutual agreement. Athens’ Own promises to work tirelessly to help interns reach their holistic goals; but, this requires an absolute dedication by the intern to commit to doing their best at achieving the above stated principles and procedures. What are you passionate about? What drives you? What are your skills, your talents? You can work towards all of these with Athens’ Own, while also working to identify and improve your weaknesses along the way. If this sounds like an exciting experience for you, and you are willing to commit to these principles and procedures, the first step of the process of application is to scour athensown.biz and interns.athensown.net for information.

For anyone thinking of applying to work with Athens’ Own, if you could do anything right now, and you had no obstacles in your way, what would you do? Athens’ Own can be the force to help you overcome the obstacles that are in the way of your goals.