Introduction

In September 2015, the culmination of three years effort and cross-continental collaboration resulted in a wave of permaculture activity in the UK and beyond:

  • the 12th International Permaculture Conference, held in the Friends Meeting House, London, September 8th - 9th

  • an International Research Day held in the Friends Meeting House, London, September 10th

  • the International Permaculture Convergence held in Gilwell Park, just north of London, September 10th - 16th

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We are very pleased to share with you Permaculture Around the World: a collection of stories from International Permaculture Convergence 2015 scholars.

In early 2015, 238 people backed a crowdfunding project for a scholarship fund, raising £24,255. Many hundreds more helped make this happen by organising, offering rewards, and publicising the message. The scholarship fund enabled permaculture practitioners from around the world to come together in the UK.

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Thanks to Robin. Thanks also to Celia for organising these after dinner talks - a space came up, and she asked me to fill it – I'm feeling slightly daunted! Thanks to you for coming to listen. I hope you will have some questions at the end.... I'll try and keep the talking to about 15 minutes, so we can have a discussion after. Robin told us about the start of permaculture's journey and the important agreements that were made back in 1984. I want to look forward and think about our intentions for the future, maybe for 2084...

 

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This documentary produced by the Italian Institute of Permaculture explains permaculture in basic terms, filmed at the International Permaculture Convergence in London last September.

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Gaia University reflect on the convergence in a recently published blog by Ava Klinger.

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Audio recordings of full talks from the conference are now online. You can listen to people from around the world talk on a range of topics.

There are 27 files. Please comment on the YouTube page with any details of recording quality or issues, plus your thoughts and opinions on the topic at hand.

Thanks to participants who are volunteering to help share this media with the world. Convergence recordings coming soon!
 

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The 12th International Permaculture Conference and Convergence were fantastic learning opportunities. There were many great presentations, discussions, and moments.

The Learning working group coordinated media capture. You can see (and hear) the following. Each item will be hyperlinked as it becomes available.

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Permaculture is a system of ecological design as well as a global movement of practitioners, educators, researchers and organizers, bound by three core ethics: care for the earth, care for the people and care for the future.  Permaculture integrates knowledge and practices that draw from many disciplines and links them into solutions to meet human needs while ensuring a resilient future.  With little funding or institutional support, this movement has spread over the past forty years and now represents projects on every inhabited continent,

The permaculture movement offers vital perspectives and tools to address catastrophic climate change.

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Up-cycling is a fantastic way of giving a new lease of life to materials that would otherwise become landfill. Materials are free, companies save money on disposal, and the new items may be of even higher value than the originals.

Matt Ralston ran an up-cycling workshop at the convergence. Below, he explains the how of up-cycling and eight ways it can be applied to a washing machine.

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650 delegates from 72 countries attending a major international conference on permaculture held in London this week, backed calls from key energy entrepreneurs attending the event for the UK government to show commitment to community-owned renewable schemes.

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