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Mediterranean Fragrance

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.

We find in this gardenbed a set of plants that like relatively dry soils and rather warm climate. Also, we have placed it inside (patio) because there is no risk of freezing and/or excess humidity by rain. In addition to perfuming this space, this set of aromatic plants can be used for the creation of infusions or essential oils.

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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 Student's


  1. Even in a very small ecosystem we have to consider many variables, including soil, sunlight, humidity, temperature, etc. Any one of these could lead to the collapse of the whole system. And this is the same for businesses. If a company fails to maintain harmony with its internal and external factors, the consequences can be disastrous.

  2. When planting it is necessary to arrange different plants in different locations, some plants have good compatibility with each other, while others may be mutually exclusive. In an organisation we also need to take into account that the cooperation between different departments can be positive but also negative.

  3. It is quite important for managers to bear big pictures of the situation in mind. Sometimes being overly concerned with the minute details can lead to losing sight of the greater opportunities.

  4. Gardening is quite interesting to me, maybe I can get into it more in the future :)

Domitilla Corti, Edoardo Piubelli, Giorgio Pennacchio, Pietro Giacometti, Leonardo Santa Maria, Matteo Belume, Mouna Rahal, Tianyi Wang and Ivette Vasquez.

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The Garden


  • Made in French Douglas Imputricide

  • Recycled pallet wood

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Plant Associations &


  • Verbena :Repels flies and mosquitoes and Favors the development of other aromatic plants

  • Lavender: Protects verbena from aphids 

  • Savory : Typical of dry areas, it blends perfectly with its companions 

  • Rudbeckia : Improves the structure of the soil and favors the development of the plants that surround it

  • Hyssop : Rich in nectar, it attracts insect pollinators.

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 LAyers

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