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"Bouquet Garni"

A Permacultural Ecosystem, a Permanagement Experience

This garden bed was created by MiM specialization "Digital Transformation: Understand, Contribute, Manage" students with the support of Natwork (founded by two EMBA alumni).Through this project, the students experimented with permaculture, discovered permanagement (a concept created by Natwork), and explored the application of these concepts to digital transformation.

In this gardenbed are gathered all the plants constituting a bouquet garni: the harvest is thus optimized. All of these plants like sunshine and average humidity: the positioning of the container is ideal (for example, the birch creates a natural shade ). The position of each plant has been studied in order to allow each one an optimal development.

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Permaculture is a systemic framework and scientific approach taking the #nature as a model.

It aims to create and #protect #ecosystems

in order to develop #resilience and #regeneration.


Permaculture is a holistic approach based on 3 Core Ethics (the purpose) and 12 Design Principles (the guidelines).

Permanagement is a managerial framework aiming to support organizational and cultural changes.


It aims to foster #sustainability, #resilience, #well-being and #innovation of any types of groups and organizations.


It is based on 3 Ethics and 12 Management Principles translated from Permaculture and applied to business and people management. To know more about Permanagement, click here.

For this first workshop ( some other are coming ;-) ) the students worked on the following principles:

  • Permanagement Principle -" Understand your (work) Ecosystem" / Permaculture Principle - "Observe and Interact"

  • Permanagement Principle - "Include & Think Collectively" / Permaculture Principle - "Integrate rather than Segregate"

A session with Natwork is composed of a situational Permanagement workshop with team exercices and then a Permaculture workshop (with gloves and boots) functioning  as a proof of concept (through the observation/creation of the nature and ecosystems)

As well, The creation of the garden bed are a metaphor and a symbol of the student transformational journey.



This pedagogical project is conducted as part of the course "Of Machines and Men: Grounding Digital Transformation in our Complex World"

(part of the MiM specialization "Digital Transformation: Understand, Contribute, Manage").

This course aims at connecting Digital transformation with other fields and challenges (such as the ecological transition, inclusion/diversity, innovation management...). It also aims at analyzing Digital Transformation through new perspectives on management. 

During this pedagogical project, the students explore the links between Digital Transformation and Permanagement. 

Pedagogical project contact: Dr Yannick Meiller -

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The garden


  • Made in French Douglas Imputricide

  • Recycled pallet wood

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The LAyers

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Plant Associations &


  • Rosemary :
    The plant that attracts insect pollinators, develops with difficulty in the presence of sage, oregano and thyme. We have created a barrier with celery and leek to isolate it.

  • Celery :
    The plant is a protection for the leek. It repels the worms that could attack it.

  • Leek:
    The plant is a protection for the celery, it repels the fly that could attack it. It is also the symbol of Natwork.

  • Thyme, Sage & Oregano : These plants protect from harmful insects and attract pollinators.

Temporarily, fushias have been planted.  These plants are not part of the ecosystem we are looking for. they temporarily replace leek and celeri stalk, because the latter are planted in May.

It allows to fill aesthetically but also usefully the void because we do not leave the ground without plants.  Indeed it allows to maintain the ecosystem of the soil that we have created.

The Olas

The most optimal irrigation solution available:

a terra cotta container designed to be inserted into the soil. When filled with water, its porous sides let water flow out slowly, thus keeping the soil nearby moist.

There is no risk of excess or lack of water, provided that you make sure that it remains full of water.  This solution allows to optimize this energy: it allows to make up to 70% of water saving compared to a classic watering.

If The Olas in front of you are empty, PLEASE FILL THEM!  (Never put water directly on the plant or in the soil)


The Student's


  1. Permanagement by mirroring nature allows to discover a new perspective on management.

  2. It allowed us to understand how we can help each other, where teamwork is favorable considering each person brings something to the table (how plant protected the other)

  3. To grow sustainably, plants need to be in an environment with proper humidity and temperature, and with suitable neighbors. In reality, it is important to have an organized balance in a team for ideal results.

Elena Bagagli – Hamza Lahmamssi – Maite Mizzaro Papini – Yuqi Chu – Sizhao Xie - Luca Ferrero - Edoardo Meridiani - Panchagnula Jayanth Bharadwaja

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