International Permaculture Convergences
'IPC' stands for International Permaculture Convergence, it is a gathering of practitioners of permaculture from around the world, people who are working with nature to design a better world. IPCs started back in 1984 in Australia, and is the key global meeting point for the international permaculture network. It is fully self-financed, so donations and sponsorships are greatly appreciated!
A journey to London, 2015
In September 2015 up to a thousand people from over fifty countries will be converging on London for a unique global gathering of people passionate about permaculture and those exploring its relevance to our pressing challenges. It's going to be an amazing month that draws on our movement's growth. The IPCs were started as a way of growing the network, sharing knowledge and celebrating achievements.
With no formal international body, IPCs have been one of the few opportunities to have discussions in person about strategy, educational standards, research, developments in practice, and regional / global development. They have also been a way to highlight best practice in specific environments, and to increase permaculture in the host country – especially in the early days. At the 10th IPC in Jordan it was agreed to have the 12th IPC in Britain.
History of IPCs
IPC1 Rowlands, New South Wales, Australia, 1984
IPC2 Breitenbush Hot Springs & Olympia in the NW of the USA, 1986
IPC3 Christchurch, New Zealand, 1988
IPC4 Nepal, 1991
IPC5 Copenhagen, Denmark and Gerlesborg, Sweden, 1993
IPC6 Perth, Australia, 1996
IPC7 Croatia organized in cooperation with Danish Association/European Permaculture Institute, 2005
IPC8 Brasil, Permacultura America Latina, 2007
IPC9 Malawi, 2009
IPC10 Jordan, 2011
IPC11 Cuba, 2013
Since 2005, an IPC Support Group has been helping IPC hosts and managing the process of choosing the next host. After discussions at the last IPC in Cuba, a new group has formed - the 'Friends of IPC', which is supported by Inquiring Systems International, its fiscal sponsor. This allows the IPC to raise funds and take tax deductible donations to support future events and scholarships and develop and maintain an IPC website to hold the records of previous events. Find out more here.
IPC India 2017
India was chosen as the next IPC host in Cuba after presentations by Narsanna Koppula, director of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, a highly respected permaculture initiative based in Andhra Pradesh. IPCUK is working with the IPC India team to make sure the Hyderabad IPC in December 2017 builds on the success of London. It will have the theme of “Close the Gap. Open the Circle".
Applying to be a future host
To be considered as a future IPC host you need to prepare an application form, make a presentation to the IPC support group, and have the Support Group's recommendation agreed by the General Assembly. Whilst there is no hard and fast formula, the intention is that IPCs move between countries in the global north and global south.