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How do we know that our projects really are creating the world we want?

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Julia Wright
George McAllister
Chris Warbuton Brown
Anne-Marie Mayer

The amount of documented evidence on the performance and benefits of permaculture and other agroecological production approaches is disproportionately low compared to the degree of practice on the ground. Yet practitioners are demanding both guidelines and methods with which to record and analyse their work and to feed this into a broader evidence database. Such a database could be used for research and advocacy to promote more sustainable policy and practise.

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Presenter: 
Graham Brookman

Permaculture prides itself on the responsibility it shows toward the environment and claims more ‘sustainability’ than conventional design systems. But how many of us really know how sustainable designs or enterprises are?

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Presenter: 
Dr Wendy Seabrook

Nature has had billions of years to fine tune the design of sustainable, resilient and self-maintaining ecosystems, the basic functional units in nature. Our human-modified systems, while mostly ecologically dysfunctional are still subject to the laws of nature, and operate as ecosystems. Ecosystems therefore provide a logical framework for redesigning our own systems, whether they are gardens, farms, businesses or communities, to be more sustainable and self-maintaining.

Presenter: 
Monica Ibacache, Tiffany Grell, Denise MacDonald, Abigail Conrad

We will present our preliminary findings from our research on permaculture development projects globally. Broadly, the goal of our research is to develop tools and resources to help organizations improve the efficacy of permaculture development projects. Our preliminary inquiries suggest that there have been many successful permaculture development projects, but there is little available information about them. Therefore, we are conducting a web-based survey, semi-structured interviews, and secondary data collection on permaculture development work.

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