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Summer Freshness

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.

A set of complementary plants that grow in a shady place (the positioning of the garden beds under the stairs is ideal). The harvest of these plants is optimized by their presence in the same garden bed. Indeed, they will all have reached their maturity in the summer period.

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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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  1. Difference between integration and inclusion is more clear now. These clear definitions can help us in our everyday-life and also in our future career in management.

    • Be careful about when to use integration and inclusion.

  2. Plants can be bad for each other – be aware of different factors influencing this and make decisions accordingly. Also, we learned once again that the different plants need very different circumstances to survive and flourish.

    • Do proper research about relevant environmental influences and the different plants before planting .

  3. Learn from nature to connect it with digital transformation and management

    • The basic principles of permaculture can be applied in management creating the concept of permangement.

  4. Different layers of knowledge and investment to create something productive. This can be associated with the work we did in our garden but also with digital transformation.

    • Be aware of these layers and create them accordingly to get something productive/flourishing as a result.

Joséphine Colin, Anshika Jain, Aryaman Singh, Swapnil Umesh, Vasco Montanino Oliva, Xinyi Li, Clara Cizain, Marie Groeller, Danfeng Cao

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Plant Associations &


  • Blackcurrant:
    This perennial plant will serve as a hotel to shelter insects that will promote the development of other plants.

  • Chives :
    The plant protects the blackcurrant from the blight (fungus)

  • Tomato:
    The plant protects black currants from these predators. Placed under the stairs, it will be protected from the humidity that it does not like.

  • Basil :
    The plant promotes growth and enhances the taste of tomatoes. It also keeps flies and mosquitoes away.

Temporarily, daisies have been planted.  These plants are not part of the ecosystem we are looking for. they temporarily replace tomatoes, basil, 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 LAyers

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The garden


  • Made in French Douglas Imputricide

  • Recycled pallet wood

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