The 2 day International Permaculture Conference was a great success with people in physical attendance from over 70 countries. Many more were able to engage with the event from around the world as the main hall was livestreamed.

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Howard Johns is the founder of Southern Solar, and has worked with renewable energy his whole life. After a chance moment led him to study renewable energy, he became an environmental protester. He spent two years living at open cast coal mine protests then got fed up of saying no and started saying yes.

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Passing through the beautiful British countryside dotted with stone houses, tiny villages and farms lined with hedgerows, the world seemed to be as it has been for hundreds of years.

The landscape that inspired Narnia of CS Lewis and Middle Earth of JRR Tolkien has an almost immortal feel, despite the rapidly transforming modern world intensely apparent in the bustle of the bigger cities.

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In Hyderabad, I met Narsanna Koppula, a pioneering Indian permaculture practitioner. Narsanna took the first-ever permaculture design course taught in India by Bill Mollison and Robyn Francis (my own PDC teacher, so Narsanna and I are in the same guru-parampara, or “teacher lineage”!). In the late 1990s, he and his wife Padma started Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, an environmental and developmental organization that empowers rural communities to achieve food and nutrition security and sustainable livelihoods through permaculture practices and natural resource management. They took me for a day trip to Zaheerabad to see the permaculture farm they have been developing since 1997.

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"Permaculture gives people a place to be a part of the solution" 
- Rosemary Morrow
 
It was a beautiful blue day in the grassy hills near the border of Wales, the beginning of an unforgettable learning adventure.
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We are delighted to be speaking at and sponsoring the 12th International Permaculture Conference this year and to have the opportunity to share Schumacher College's proud legacy of providing 25 years of radical education for sustainability.

As we celebrate our 25th year we look ahead to two new programmes in Ecological Design Thinking and Ecological Food Systems starting in January 2016.

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Celia from the Convergence Programme Team describes the principles & processes behind the design of the convergence timetable.

As with any linear design write-up, it's hard to capture the feedback loops that happen during the process. The following is a approximately chronological description of a very circular process!

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For me soil is right up the top there, a micron or two behind air and water. But whilst without these two gifts we cannot survive today, soil is the basis of long term survival. In fact it is demonstrably the true foundation of civilisation. That is­ fertile, accessible, living soil.

We neglect it at our peril. Within historical memory (i.e. written records) Syria was a forest kingdom, Iraq the birthplace of agriculture, and Libya the bread­basket of the Roman Empire.

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Watch these trailers for permaculture videos that show a wide range of projects using permaculture to Design the World We Want.

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There is more money in the world than at any other point in human history, so why doesn’t it reach the places that need it most?

Seven years after the global financial crisis that shook the world, youth unemployment in Spain and Greece stands at over 50 per cent. Globally, household debt stands at $40 trillion and rising, while one in six people in the US are struggling to get enough to eat.

We must adapt to climate change by protecting our communities against extreme weather and flooding. Dealing with these problems alone would create millions of jobs worldwide.

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