Education and Culture

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Isis Brook

This paper examines some of the issues that arise when we want to use research to develop, and to demonstrate, the effectiveness of permaculture practices in their actual application.  Many of the benefits that are experienced are hard to measure using standard horticultural research techniques. For example, the standard procedure of isolating variables is particularly problematic when the important practices are those of integration and working with whole systems.

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Dr. Keri Chiveralls

This presentation will explore the contributions that anthropology can make to the scholarship of permaculture through discussion of anthropological fieldwork that is currently being undertaken by Dr. Keri Chiveralls at the Earthship Ironbank workshops in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.

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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.

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James Priest

Sociocracy 3.0 - an elegant, dynamic approach for the holistic development of communities & organisations.

Discover how Sociocracy 3.0 helps organisations optimise processes, become more effective & dynamic, & tap collective intelligence to make resilient decisions everyone can live.

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Katy Fox

Based on a case study of an organisation and an emerging network rooted in and driven by permaculture and transition principles and practice, this contribution seeks to explain its transformation and consolidation over five years through a variety of design methods, seeking to address organisational, structural and social needs as they arose to the best of participants’ skills. Making the process explicit is part of an ongoing design process to adapt governance to the rapidly changing shape of the organisation and network.

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Robin Clayfield

Imagine a world where children grow up respecting and learning from nature, growing food and tending animals, meeting and co-creating in a natural and easy way together, having fun, loving learning and feeling good about themselves all through their journey to adulthood and beyond.

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Robina McCurdy

Robina will share her methodology for establishing SEED (Schools Environmental Education & Development) - a progressive unique blend of permaculture, traditional culture and PRA (Participatory Rural/Rapid Appraisal). 

She will focus on the hands-on ‘technology transfer’ and ‘multiplication strategies’ used to evolve SEED from a squatter settlement pilot, into a nationwide leading-edge programme, honoured by the Sth African Dept of Education as a model for the future. 

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Marcia Amidon

While permaculture practitioners anecdotally understand the value permaculture can have in children’s lives, this field has yet to formalize and quantify its potential impact on a larger societal scale. This presentation seeks to demonstrate how this can be done. We will be discussing the Future City Competition, which engages over 40,000 students from the United States, and is currently going global. In this competition, students engage in designing cities of the future, and 2015’s competition specifically focused on urban agriculture.

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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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Joshua Msika

The Transition Animal is a thinking tool developed by the Transition Network to help groups reflect upon their function. In this session, I wish to push the metaphor a bit further.